In Thai with English and Chinese Subtitles
Director: SARANYOO WONGKRACHANG
Starring: BONGKOD KONGMALAI, PRANGTHONG CHANGTUM,
SARUNYOO WONGKRACHANG, TAWAN JANTRAVIBOON, BENJAPHON CHEYAROON
RunTime: 1 hr 44 mins
Released By: Cathay-Keris Films & InnoForm
Rating: R21(Strong Violence)
Opening Day: 3 May 2007
The scene is set around a dark multiplex where a group of
unscrupulous guards headed by Chai have devised a plan to
secretly film young students in variously erotic predicaments.
They have placed cameras in a number of strategic positions
including the alleys beside the building and the female toilets.
Kao, a disgruntled multiplex employee who was forced to install
the countless CCTV cameras, spots Praew a voluptuous young
girl running from the grips of the sick and twisted guards.
Kao without fully understanding what has taken place, runs
to her defense.
Something must be done….But what and more importantly
The Passion is not about passion, or lust, or ardour, or lasciviousness…
or whatever. This movie is a pure, full-on, violent popcorn
flick of techno music fuelled chase and fight scenes premised
around the classic “horde of evildoers pursuing innocent
girl” story. Bongkoj Khongmalai is the visual centrepiece
(euphemistically) of the movie playing Praew, an attractive
young girl that attracts the attention of the corrupt security
head in a multiplex. He then sends his evil henchmen after
her, just as he does his previous victims, only to find out
this time it isn’t as simple as it seems.
Director Saranyoo Wongkrachang exploits Bongkoj to the maximum
in a film that opens with a 20-minute visual barrage of almost
F-grade (is there such a grade) smutty sequences that include
a rape scene in a toilet. It must be noted however that, it
is the extreme violence for which this movie gets its R rating.
The movie largely avoids nudity, instead opting for horribly
acted shows of perversion by the antagonists that include
rolled-back eyes, ridiculously annoying panting and vibrations
of limbs. Sounds terribly cheesy? Well it is.
The bulk of the movie revolves around the chase for Praew
inside the shopping mall, the classic locked labrinyth where
terror runs amok. Praew is helped by a cleaning lady of sorts,
Kao, who is fed up with the crimes of the evil guards. As
it turns out, Chai, the head guard, had raped her in the past.
Saranyoo is unabashed in dishing out violence. Khaew applies
a mechanical drill on a guard’s chest for a good 3 seconds
or so, while knives are driven deep into kidneys, chests,
backs and a guard is set on fire with cooking oil and screams
in disturbing agony. Unfortunately, if the evildoer can continue
his pursuit of the “victim” with a massively perforated
heart and the head guard can survive infinitely multiple stabbings
to come back grinning maniacally, the barometer arrow starts
to swing from horror to horribly farcical slapstick.
Passion in short is purely low-grade, cheesy entertainment
that doesn’t require or deserve any brainwork or neural
exercise. Putting it into words is similarly futile. You shouldn’t
be paying any more than 6.50 for this and, even at that price,
it’s a stretch for a badly shot, badly edited and overly
dramatic and slapstick horror film. What’s worse is
it masquerades itself as a “sex thriller”, a “most
controversial one” at that. Firstly, it is not a sex
thriller. It is not even a vaguely sex-oriented film. Secondly,
it is certainly not controversial, just extremely violence-laden.
what does this mean? The only selling point the film hawks
itself on is its “controversial sex thriller”
label. Thus if you paid for a ticket just to satisfy some
desire for a B-grade smutty flick, no sympathies for being
sorely disappointed. You’ll be treated to a oversexed
director’s cinematic hogwash of a “film”
that splatters enough blood across the screen to make you
think the actors were hurling rotten tomatoes at the cameraman’s
Review by Daniel Lim