Phra apai mani

2002 [THAI]

Action / Adventure / Fantasy

IMDb Rating 5.4 10 62

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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by LARSONRD 6 / 10

Slow moving but likable

Lethargically paced but charming innocent little low-budget fantasy about two princes who lose their kingly inheritance and are banished to go off and Encounter Stuff. One encounters some monks and helps them defeat an invading army, gaining the love of a beautiful princess. The other is captured by an ugly, giant Sea Witch who transforms herself into a beautiful woman to woo him, until he gets wise and, with the help of a beautiful mermaid and some old wizard dude who pops up out of nowhere, escapes her wrath. The film has bad, cheesy computer effects, terrible acting, but carries a fairy tale charm that overcomes some of its less polished moments.

Reviewed by Pedro-37 7 / 10

Visually impressive "hardcore"-fantasy

"Phra-apai-mani" by Chalart Sriwanda is an adaptation of the literary classic "Soondhornpoo" by poet Sunthon Phu (1786-1855) - sorry if my spelling is wrong. It uses a lot of CGI, but for once that is not so bad. Thai fantasy and horror pictures often use too much CGI and make them rather funny than impressive. One example would be "Kunpan: Legend of the War Lord" (2002), another "The Trek" (2002) or "Krasue: Demonic Beauty" (2002). "Phra-apai-mani" uses even more digital imagery than those two, but since we're completely in a fantasy world, I have no problems with that.

We are presented a world in which sea witches reign, in which a flute enchants tigers, in which Kings lead bloody wars. What I'm actually reminded about is the work of Ray Harryhausen in his Greek history movies. The effects in "Phra-apai-mani" are never as good as in a a Harryhausen film, but I accepted the heavy CGI stuff because I accepted this world as a fantasy world. A world where such creatures dwell. And hey, I have never seen a sea which, so if she's a huge creature in front of a blue screen with lots of CG-weapons, what do I care. At least this film tries to go all the way and show us creatures, show us strange worlds and places, I as a fantasy- and sci-fi-fan can appreciate that.

That said, the film is not for everyone. Of course you have to be a fantasy fan because this is hardcore fantasy. Also, you should be able to accept this visual style which relies so much on CGI. Try to remember how you felt watching "Final Fantasy". Not that this film would come close to the CG-work in that one, but it's the same effort you as a viewer have to make in order to enter this strange world and appreciate the motion picture. It might never get into any film book about important fantasy work, but the Thai film "Phra-apai-mani" is worth a look. I've already seen more than a hundred Thai films and I enjoyed this one more than I enjoyed most other CG-heavy pics from Thailand.

My rating: 7/10

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