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An *Honest* Review Of Thai Film 'Hunger'

'It certainly was an eye-opener.'
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ICYDK, thriller drama Hunger is one of the Top 10 Movies on Netflix Philippines right now. Back in March, Cosmo.ph got the chance to watch the Thai film during Netflix's "Reflections of Me" event in Jakarta, Indonesia. Right after the special movie screening, I had a feeling that it was going to be the talk of the town. 

If you're curious about Hunger, keep on reading! 

What is Hunger all about?

Hunger tells the story of Aoy (played by Chutimon Chuengcharoensukying), a talented young cook who runs her family's stir-fried noodles stall in Bangkok. She pushes herself to the limit after accepting an invitation to train under an infamous and ruthless chef named Chef Paul (Nopachai Chaiyanam). 

HUNGER | Official Trailer | Netflix

The Cast And Where You Last Saw Them

Chutimon Chuengcharoensukying as Aoy 

Previous projects: Bad Genius (2017), Die Tomorrow (2017)

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Nopachai Chaiyanam as Chef Paul 

Previous projects: Anatomy of Time (2021), Still Missing (2020)

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Gunn Svasti as Tone 

Previous projects: Muang Maya Live The Series: Ban Lang Maya (2018), Yutthakan Salat No (2017), Diary of Tootsies Season 2 (2017), Rattanawadee (2015)

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Interesting trivia about Hunger

  1. The actors underwent extensive cooking training before filming the movie. "We learned everything from scratch like how to use a knife and even wok skills," Aokbab shared in an interview with Netflix Thailand. 
  2. To prepare for her role as a street-food cook, Aokbab included a *wok* in her exercise. "At first, I couldn't even lift the wok. It's so heavy," she recounted. "I ended up taking a wok to exercise to train my muscles and be able to support it." 

Fiery peek behind the scenes! How “Aokbab-Peter-Gunn” prepare to don their chef’s whites | Hunger

An honest review of Hunger

It's been a while since I last watched a Thai film. The previous one was Bad Genius (2017), which also happened to be Chutimon "Aokbab" Chuengcharoensukying's breakthrough role—and her performance in Hunger did not disappoint! Aokbab was captivating as Aoy. As a career-oriented girl in her 20s, I can definitely relate to her—she's driven and passionate. Hoping to escape poverty, she's also the breadwinner of her family, which is common in Asian households. But later on, she realizes that success isn't everything. 

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"Winners are always the ones that hunger the most," Chef Paul (a.k.a. Aoy's terrifying boss who might remind you of Chef Gordon Ramsay of Hell's Kitchen) said in the opening scene. If you've watched the trailer, it may seem like the movie is going to be about food and the fine dining industry, but it's much more than that. 

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Hunger is about people's hunger for fame and wealth, among other things. Director Sittisiri Mongkolsiri uses food to shed light on societal issues such as poverty and class divide. It teaches you lessons about life, career, relationships, and everything in between. 

TBH, I wish there were more unexpected twists since it is a thriller drama. Still, it was a good film to watch! It certainly was an ~*eye-opener*~. 

You can watch Hunger on Netflix

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