By The Nation
Thai movie “Chalard Games Gong” (“Bad Genius”) only opened in in China last Friday (October 13) and has already grossed more than100 millon yuan (Bt500 million) in box office takings. The production team also released several posters and materials behind the scene on the same day.
Bad Genius's performance at the box office on the first day was very good and the film is expected to raise another film frenzy after the Golden Week national holiday. Before the first show in Chinese mainland, the film was shown in Thailand, Hong Kong and Taiwan to good feedback.
After topping box office takings in Thailand, the film set a new record for Thai films in Taiwan and topped the box office for two consecutive weeks in Hong Kong. It has also got good ratings on major film review websites, including 100 per cent on Rotten Tomatoes, 8.3 points on IMDb and 8.5 points on China's douban. The movie has been called “a must-see film in October” by Internet users and film critics alike.
Bad Genius” focuses on Lynn (Chutimon Chuengcharoensukying), a straight-A student who plans with rich kid Pat (Teeradon Supapunpinyo) to cheat the international standardised test for students wanting to enrol in the world’s leading universities. The test is scheduled to take place on the same date and same time at locations all over the world. Their plan is for Lynn to fly to a country in a time zone that’s ahead of Thailand and then send the answers back to her customers. The only setback is that they need another genius to help them pass on the answers in Thailand and the only person that fits the profile is Bank (Chanon Santinatornkul), Lynn’s scholarship-student rival who is staunchly against cheating of any kind.
“Bad Genius”, which is based on a sensational cheating case of 2014, tells a story of how talented people exploit their skills to help others cheat in exams and get high profits.
The film’s theme and conception together with social and educational issues are presented in a totally new way. Some Chinese viewers even said that the film was better than any Hollywood film they had ever seen.
However “Bad Genius” still ranks in second place in the China box office after the martial arts comedy “Never Say Die” that took the top spot at the Chinese box office for the third week in a row.