Kinnaree
Thailand 2003
Directed by Unknown.


Brothers Pong and Pun are competing in a road rally race somewhere in the forest areas of Thailand, when they accidentally strike a completely naked woman with their car. She isn't human, she's a Kinnaree. Her and her kind enjoy frolicing nude in waterfalls and splashing each other. Is it wrong? I don't think so, but a pervy old hunter wants to capture them for his own nefarious purposes.

Pong and Pun take the Kinnaree they ran over to the hospital, where she recovers, desperate to return to the waterfall. She tells everyone she is a Kinnaree from the Himmapan Forest (a mythical forest located somewhere in the Himalayas, inaccessible by man). Her name is Monorah, and as she helpfully explains to the hospital staff when pressed for more, "Kinnaree have no last name!" For some reason, they still let her leave the hospital with the boys, who, along with their police inspector friend, take her back.

The other Kinnaree keep flying back to the waterfall to use their telepathy to look for her, but to no avail. While they keep trying to find out where Monorah is from and how to get her home, they check into a hotel where the hotel staff have an elaborate peephole system in every room. When the boys catch two of the staff checking out Monorah while she is trying to take a shower, they beat up the employees and get them fired. When we see them next, they have a gun and are riding through the jungle on a motorcycle, planning to kill Pong and Pun for making them lose their jobs. They team up with the hunter, as bad guys tend to congregate, and capture the Kinnaree. Pong and Pun must stage a daring rescue.

This shot-on-video production is, when it comes right down to it, incredibly lame. It has absolutely no reason to exist except to show naked women frolicing about in a waterfall, naked women running through the jungle, naked women being tied up and kidnapped. However, this is a Thai movie, after all, and censorship is strict. So they are naked, yes, but only backs and legs are revealed in detail, with a flash of nipple here, some exposed buttocks there. This material would have worked much better as a Category III Hong Kong production.

If nothing else, the girls are quite attractive, and the Kinnaree come-to-life concept is novel. The mythological Kinnaree is has the entire lower half of a swan, though in this low budget production the girls simply wear feathery brassieres and wear cute little wings. Still, one of the most entertaining aspects of Thai fantasy films is watching various Thai mythological creatures come to life.

The cast and crew information on the DVD is entirely in Thai. The DVD shops all list the cast as including Kunyapat Unyaked and Lukkana Wattanawongsiri, but I can't tell you who is who nor do these names turn up much of anything else when Googled, no doubt partially because of the wildly uneven romanization that Thai names typically are given.

Rating: Not Recommended (Not Recommended)

Posted by Peter Nepstad on February 25, 2006.


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