Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Second Movie Review - The Billionaire (Top Secret)

My Second Movie Review
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It was 9pm. Just when my younger brother was about to leave me alone and jump into his bed, I asked him to help me download a Thai movie which was highly recommended in a certain group page in FB. Unsure if the movie is not infected with virus, we opted to try our luck in Youtube. After three search attempts, with my eyes wide open I was certain that I would be in front of this flat screen for the next two hours.

The Billionaire is a film based on a true story of a Thai teenager named Aitthipat Kulapongvanich also known as Top Ittipat, one of the youngest billionaires in the world. At age 16, Top spent most of his time playing online games instead of studying. His addiction to online games, however, generated so much money that he was able to buy a car for himself. Unfortunately, the “easy money” he was gaining didn’t last long. He decided to drop out of school and sought other business opportunities such as selling cheap DVDs to roasted chestnuts. The former was a failure from the very beginning. The roasted chestnut business, however, somehow gave him hope. One day, he discovered that his family was in big financial trouble. Bankruptcy and huge debt triggered his family to go to China.  But Top refused to go with them and decided to continue with his business. Just when his roasted chestnut biz was starting to make money, he realized that even though he makes one million Baht per year, this amount couldn’t pay his father’s 40 million Baht debt. Top, with the help of his ever supportive uncle, continued to persevere.  Finally, at age 19, he was able to create a product that made him truly rich and famous. He released ‘Tao Kae Noi’ fried seaweed snack to more than 3,000 7-Eleven branches and the rest is history…

If you are a student taking up business, or an aspiring entrepreneur, or just someone looking for inspiration to keep going, this movie is a must watch. Top’s failure after failure after failure is inevitably heartbreaking but hilarious in a certain way. The various mistakes he made will surely make you laugh. And the result of some of his decisions will make you sigh. But Top’s sheer hardwork, perseverance and natural entrepreneurial mindset are what make this film remarkably interesting. That at the end of this film, you would wish to shake his hand or pat his shoulder or give him a hug for a job well done.

Top’s simple words of wisdom:
 “Do not lose your courage --- no matter what… Because if we give up --- game is over!!!”

The Official Trailer

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