Thai quirky comedy explores sibling rivalry

Urassaya “Yaya” Sperbund, Sunny Suwanmethanont and Nichkhun Horvejkul headline the Thai comedy, Brother of the Year.

Following the international success of high school heist thriller Bad Genius, Thai production outfit GDH 559 presents Brother of the Year – a film that threads on themes of sibling rivalry relationship and romantic comedy.

Directed by Vithaya Thongyuyong and stars Thai heartthrobs Sunny Suwanmethanont, Nichkhun Horvejkul of Korean boy band 2PM and TV actress Urassaya “Yaya” Sperbund, the film focuses on siblings who have an unbreakable bond that only they can feel and their parents can understand. No matter how much they quarrel, brothers and sisters do love each other. But sometimes, that love is expressed in the meanest ways. Brother of the Year takes on a realistic portrayal of the highly relatable meddling problem of an older brother who acts as a nemesis to his sister.

Director Thongyuyong who has worked on My Girl, The Possible, and The Little Comedian expresses his excitement of directing the film, agreeing that a lot of people will be able to relate to some if not all aspects of the story and learn something from the film. He shares, “When I made Brother of the Year, it felt like when I made My Girl, where I cast my mind back to my first love and childhood friends. This film made me reminisce about my family, especially, when I interfered in my younger ones’ love life. I believe that many other siblings experience something like this too.”

Sibling relationships are different for everybody. While some may be open and generally harmonious, there are also some who act mischievous towards one another. Thai actor Sunny Suwanmethanont who plays the role of ‘Chut’ shares, “Stories about siblings are easily relatable to me and many others. I believe that most of us would hardly express our love to our siblings. Imagine, it’s quite embarrassing to walk to your siblings and say ‘I love you, brother!’, ’I love you, sister!.’ Even though we do not express it out loud, deep down inside, we know that we love one another.”

Despite the difference in their respective line of work, Sunny as a film actor, Urassaya as a TV actress, and Nichkhun as a singer, all mention how attending a workshop together and telling each other stories about their real-life sibling situation created a familiar chemistry between them that helped portray the intentions of the film.

Playing the role of ‘Moji’, Korean pop star Nichkhun shares “Brother of the Year will not only entertain the audience, I also believe that it will make them feel the same as me, that is, making the audience think and care more about our siblings. No matter how mad we are at them, we can’t stop being siblings. Ultimately, we still love and care for one another.”

Find out what’s going to happen to the savage brother who constantly meddles in his young sister’s perfect love life. Brother of The Year opens in cinemas nationwide on September 5. The film is supported by Tourism Authority of Thailand. Special thanks to Marco Polo Hotel Ortigas.

Watch the official trailer here: