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The Billionaire วัยรุ่นพันล้าน

The Billionaire  วัยรุ่นพันล้าน

Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Center for Korean Studies Auditorium at 6:30 PM

Thailand (2011, 131 min)
Thai, w/English subtitles

Director: Songyos Sugmakanan
Cast: Pachara Chirathivat,Walanlak Kumsuwan, Somboonsuk Niyomsiri

Right from the beginning when a 19-year-old Aitthipat “Top” Kulapongvanich audaciously walks up to a bank officer and asks for a 10 million dollar loan, the film establishes unequivocally the kind of person he is.

What brings him to that point in time is the subject of two-thirds of the movie, told in flashbacks as Top relates his intriguing life story to the bank’s loan officer.

Helmer Sukmakanan rewinds the clock back to 2002, when the business-savvy Top first chances upon a lucrative money-making opportunity selling weapons within a MMORPG (massively multiplayer online role-playing game) for real cash. Before you scoff at the idea, let it be known that Top manages to earn enough to buy himself a car, which he impetuously parks in the principal’s reserved lot at school. Yes, really!

Top’s entrepreneurial instinct is one of the highlights of the film, as we watch how quickly he perceives and seizes business opportunities- from selling cheap DVD players to roasted chestnuts and finally to his lucrative fried seaweed effort.

This biopic of one of the youngest- if not the youngest- billionaires in Thailand…
is also the perfect source of inspiration and motivation to keep on going and fighting for what you believe in.

– Gabriel Chong –

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Distributor: GTH

Reminder…dress warmly, the auditorium is heavily air-conditioned.