Thailand movie ‘Bad Genius’ wins big in China

Source:Global Times Published: 2017/10/23 17:53:39

‘Bad Genius’ wins big in China

Actress Chutimon Chuengcharoensukying (center) and actor Chanon Santinatornkul (right) Photo: IC

Promotional material for Bad Genius Photo: IC

Currently the highest-earning Thailand-produced film in China, Bad Genius has brought in more than 221 million yuan ($33.3 million) after only 11 days in the Chinese mainland, the world's second largest movie market, according to the box-office site on Monday. 

The previous highest-earning Thai film was The Protector 2, which earned 11.5 million yuan at the mainland box office in 2014.

The film's success in the mainland was even greater than in its home market, where it earned $3.29 million.

This has led many Chinese movie critics and film industry analysts to predict that Bad Genius may follow in the footsteps of Aamir Khan's successful Indian sports film Dangal, which earned nearly 1.3 billion yuan in the mainland to become the highest-earning Indian film in China.

Dangal's earnings in China also outpaced the $77 million it earned in India. 

In addition to its impressive box-office take, the film has also earned itself a good reputation by winning the hearts of Chinese audiences. The film currently has an 8.3 out of 10 on Chinese movie sites Douban and Mtime.

The story follows Lynn, a poor but genius high school student who makes a living by helping students from rich families cheat on tests.

She and her classmates are hired to take the international STIC (SAT) exam in Sydney, Australia, and send the answers back to Thailand where the exam is set to take place hours later.

The scenes where the students cheat on the test and pass answers to each other are shot similar to a spy movie, a style choice that has captured the interest of Chinese audiences, many of whom have memories of taking dozens of exams during high school including the crucial gaokao, the national college entrance examinations.  

In the hopes of promoting the film's continued success, three of the film's main cast members, actor Teeradon Supapunpinyo, model and actress Chutimon Chuengcharoensukying and actor Chanon Santinatornkul attended a promotional event in Beijing on Saturday.

Chutimon Chuengcharoensukying said she was nervous about acting in the film, as it was her first film. Fortunately, she was able to pull through with the help of her friends. She also revealed that  while acting may be a focus for her in the future, she will not be giving up her modeling career.

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