Starring popular singers Bie Sukrit Wisetkaew and Noona Nuengthida Sophon, the romantic stage musical Ruk Jub Jai became a surprise hit in Thailand in 2012, attracting over 60,000 theater-goers during its 49-show run at the Muang Thai Rachadalai Theater. The musical's success was transplanted to the silver screen with a movie version of the stage performance produced by GTH. In the crowd-pleasing love story, Bie fittingly plays a superstar who falls in love with a blind girl, played by Noona. Add Synopsis In Spanish
Cast & Credits
STORY (No spoilers)
The synopsis says it all, really. A superstar with a reputation for being a player meets a blind girl and falls in love with her. Cue laughable but also heart-tugging hijinks as he navigates his way into the girl's heart and life.
In line with most musicals, the style and pace of the show is light-hearted, upbeat and exaggerated with some poignant moments that draw on your heartstrings, all helpfully flavoured by renditions of live songs and some active, catchy and well-choregraphed dancing. Not a dull moment with this show as it moves seamlessly from one scene to another.
Please note that this is a film-capture of a live musical performance on stage so you're watching it as though you're part of the audience in the theatre. This experience is enhanced nicely by the addition of close-ups of the casts in key moments so that you're able to really see the facial expressions (and tears!), and so feel more drawn into the emotions of the characters than you normally would under a regular theatre watch (because of the distance of the theatre seats from the stage). I thought it was rather cleverly filmed, considering that it was a live stage-performance and there are generally lots happening all across the platform.
Being a musical and it being performed live in front of an audience of hundreds, if not thousands, the cast members had plenty of practice to perfect their roles and their cues so there is no surprise that they all played their parts well.
The dancing was energetic, lively and eye-catching - just what dancing in a musical should be. The singing was also inspired, and particularly impressive when it came to one of the younger cast members.
Supporting roles played up to comic relief, in addition to their roles as catalysts in carrying the flow of the story along. No weak links, and overall, solid casting and performance across the stage.
Spotlight on the main lead:-
BIE SUKRIT - playing the main character, Sun, was great in his role as the playboy superstar. He truly carried the entire show with his charisma and energy and sustained it all the way through the 2 hours of performance. He is an impressive all-rounder with his energetic dancing, his pitch-perfect singing and his emotional acting, I was impressed with his performance from start to finish.
This is a musical, so naturally there a lots of song numbers by various cast members, and of course by the leads themselves. The subs for the movie musical helped a lot in bringing understanding and context to the content of the songs so the enjoyment of the musical numbers are as good as you can get. Lots of catchy song and dance numbers which will leave you smiling and even grooving to the beat.
Overall, this was an enjoyable film-shot of a live musical-stage-performance, and if in the mood for something like this again, easily re-watchable as it is a 2-hour stand-alone movie.