Asia’s biggest international movie hit Bad Genius has opened in theaters yesterday.
The movie, directed by Nattawut Poonpiriya, stars the phenomenal Chutimon Chuengcharoensukying in her acting debut as Lynn, a straight-A student who devises an exams-cheating scheme which eventually rises to international levels.
The movie is an exciting, fun thriller based on real-life news of school cheating, and features themes of class inequality, and relatable teen social issues.
Hailed as the highest-grossing Asian film in Cambodia, Taiwan, Malaysia, and Hong Kong, Bad Genius has received critical and commercial success during their screenings at different film festivals around the globe.
On the festival circuit, Bad Genius was screened as the opening feature of the 16th New York Asian Film Festival and won awards like Best Feature and Screen International Rising Star Asia award for lead star. It was the first Southeast Asian film to be chosen to open the event. Due to its impressive attendance, the movie received encore screenings and bagged four awards including Best Film, Best Asian Feature Film, Best Director and Best Innovative Feature Film at the Fantasia International Film Festival.
As the film was met with critical acclaim, in Asia and overseas, the movie also won the Fukuoka Audience Award at the Focus on Asia Fukuoka International Film Festival 2017 being the first Thai film that ever has received this award; and selected for Vancouver International, BFI London and Fantastic Fest film festivals.
Hollywood Reporter heaped praise for the movie saying, “Bad Genius scores high marks as a ceaselessly entertaining thriller,” while Variety noted, “the film is executed with that studio’s trademark technical slickness and hip style, but director also offers subtle yet stinging insight into Thailand’s class inequalities and corrupt school system.”
Aside from the Philippines, Bad Genius is showing in at least 7000 cinemas, in China (it opened on Oct. 13), Korea (opening today), Australia (Oct. 26) and Japan, also this month.
Other countries where the film is also screening include Laos, Singapore, Indonesia, Vietnam and Brunei.
Bad Genius is distributed in the Philippines by Silverline Multimedia.
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