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Starring: Katesarin Akethavatkul, Supaksorn Chaimongkol and Bongkoj Kongmalai
Director: Poj Arnon
Rating: PG
Year Made: 2005


VCD Format (2 Discs)
Subtitles: English
Running Time: 1 hr 40 mins
Distributor: InnoForm Media



Five undercover agents, or “Chai Lais", are tasked with foiling the evil plans of an international crime syndicate. All heroines in their own right, they must use all of their ingenuity and skill to fight their evil nemeses as they arrive in Thailand to pursue the key to their national treasure.


Sometimes, all we movie audiences ask for in a show is enjoyment. Simple enjoyment. Smile-inducing enjoyment. No-brainer pleasant enjoyment. What the filmmakers give, we take. We just want to have a good time watching a movie.

And director Poj Arnon sure knows how to give that to the audience, especially those of the male species, with his latest work.

The 97-minute movie showcases five crime-fighting ladies (three prettier than the other two) who are tasked to save the daughter of a rich businessman. The plot also involves some prized jewel and some really nasty villains.

Many will be quick to regard this movie as the Thai version of Charlie’s Angels, where ass-kicking female spies are sent by a useless man to save the world. The similarity in plot is there, but this movie smartly contextualizes the whole situation for Asian audiences.

The Thai campiness is a sure-win source of enjoyment. While the guys can ogle at the ladies’ long limbs, the girls can cheer at their oh-we-are-so-determined girl power and spirit. At the end of the day, there won’t be any argument of whether a flick like this demeans any gender.

And there is no need for this serious talk too, because the key word for this movie is “enjoyment”. From the impressive car chases to the exciting fight scenes, this movie makes for one enjoyable popcorn entertainment. We are not even concerned about the formulaic plot anymore.

The dialogue is nonsensical, the lines are silly. But it works - you’d know that you smile at the exchanges between the characters.

It helps that the cast are pleasing to the eyes too. Much has been said about the prettier three of the five leads. But the one actress that steals the show is the cock-eyed baddie (and presto, her real identity is given a twist at the end of the movie!) Her flair for comedy is, well, pardon the pun, spot on.

With wacky characters, a no-brainer storyline, a group of visually-pleasing cast, what’s there not to enjoy in this movie? Come on, it is time we relax and enjoy movies, the way they were meant to be.


Review by John Li


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