Reviewed by Simon Booth
Director: Komsan Teepong
Starring: Tah Boyscout, Note Chernyim, Thep Phongarm, Jaturong Mokjok
Time: 120 minutes
Pii Hua Kaad, Pee Hua Kard, spell it how you like, you won't find it in IMDB but ethaicd tells me the movie won "best comedy movie 2002", which was reason enough to pick it up. Strangely, it's not that much of a comedy... or rather, in places it is and in (more) places it's not. The DVD cover makes it look like a horror comedy - not an uncommon genre these days. But it's not a horror movie. Except in places it is, and in (more) places it isn't.
I can certainly see the dilemma the cover artists were in though, because trying to put Pii Hua Kard in one genre is very difficult, since it jumps around all over the place. It might be said it's a mess, but it turns out to be the movies greatest strength, so I prefer to say it has an unusual structure. At the final call, all you can say about the movie uncontroversially is "it's a story about some guy". But isn't that enough?
PII HUA KAAD is one of those movies that probably works best the less you know about it, since it keeps feeding you surprises. That includes, if possible, not looking at the DVD cover at all. The first scene of the movie actually does very well fit the "horror comedy" category. A group of villagers are digging in a graveyard late at night, exhuming the corpse of a pregnant woman from which they can make a powerful love potion. The leader accidentally casts the wrong spell though, and all the bodies in the graveyard rise up and begin harrassing them. Their escape involves some dubious toilet humour. It's not a terribly good opening scene, but then the movie totally changes direction after 5 minutes and the whole thing proves to have just been the setup for a running joke with one of the side characters.