Netizens Caption Wang Baoqiang’s Face from ‘Lost in Thailand’

Wang Baoqiang returning Xu Zheng's cell phone in Chinese blockbuster comedy Lost in Thailand.

泰囧 Lost in Thailand is a recent Chinese comedy film that has unexpectedly become something of a blockbuster. While foreigners outside of China (and many inside) will likely be unfamiliar with the slapstick movie, whose Chinese title is literally “Thai Jiong“, it quickly broke previous China box office records held by, well, James Cameron (specifically, it has beaten Titanic 3D and threatens to beat Avatar) while sending Chinese audiences into fits of laughter.

The movie is about two Chinese businessmen who head to Thailand, racing each other to find their boss under the promise that whoever finds him first will be given the funding required for their respective business plans. Along the way, the main protagonist (who happens to also be the director and producer of the film) runs into the character you see above, played by Wang Baoqing, who appeared with Andy Lau in 天下无贼 A World Without Thieves but became a household name in China through the Chinese television series 士兵突击 Soldiers Sortie. As with previous roles, Wang Baoqiang comes across as the stereotypical rural Chinese peasant, unsophisticated and obnoxious but ultimately earnest and well-meaning, who inadvertently but repeatedly frustrates the protagonist’s plans.

From Sina Weibo:

#Wang Baoqiang’s Super Despicable Facial Expressions#

Wang Baoqiang‘s Super Despicable Facial Expressions in Lost in Thailand Goes Viral, Leading Netizens to Have Fun with PS [Photoshop]

The Xu Zheng directed film Lost In Thailand has been huge during the recent Chinese New Year movie season. While being popular with movie watchers, some of the classic lines and scenes in the film have become the object of spoofs by netizens. Wang Baoqiang’s lines and facial expressions in the film when he first catches up with Xu Zheng to return the cell phone has especially run into all kinds of PS hijinks by netizens: [Captions like] “Are finals coming up? Still haven’t studied yet? Get ready to die! Hahaha.” [and] “Going to grad school? Academic adviser not allowing you to go home? Spend Chinese New Year in the lab then, hahaha.” have netizens laughing.

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Have you had 5 days of work?
Did you think the weekend has arrived?
Today is only Wednesday, haha!

This year’s New Year’s Day holiday schedule in China allowed people 3 days off followed by 8 continuous days of work.

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Are finals coming up?
Still haven’t studied yet?
Get ready to die! Hahahahaha!

The Chinese school semester is drawing to an end with finals and term papers coming due and students anxious to get home for the upcoming Spring Festival holiday.

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The deadline is tomorrow, right?
Finished writing your paper with an all-nighter, right?
The next paper is due the day after tomorrow, hahaha!

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At school, right?
Haven’t gone on holiday/break yet, right?
I’m already at home, hahahaha!

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Going home for the Chinese New Year, right? Have you bought your ticket yet?
Congratulations! You finally managed to buy one!
But even if you managed to get a train ticket, you’ll get on the train and still be squeezed to death! And if you switch to taking a long-distance bus home, the winter snow and ice will have you trapped in traffic to death! Hahaha!

The above refers to the difficulties experienced by travelers during the current annual Chinese New Year Chun Yun season trying to get home to celebrate the holidays with family.

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A Lakers fan, right?
Lost 5 games in a row?
Next game is against the Thunder~!!!

This one pokes fun at Chinese Los Angeles Lakers basketball fans after the team lost 5 games straight with the start of 2013.

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About to turn 30 soon, right?
Still haven’t found a man, right?
I already have a wife! You no longer have a chance! You must be frustrated to death! Hahaha!

Finding someone to marry is a popular social issue in China, and the above pokes fun at aging single women, which is particularly poignant around the Chinese New Year Spring Festival holiday season when parents sometimes hope their unmarried grown children will bring home a potential spouse for them to meet.

@王宝强 [Wang Baoqiang]: Gosh netizens are too amazing. I swear on Chairman Mao that these lines weren’t said by me, but I concede that this face is definitely mine!

You can make your own captions using Wang Baoqiang’s facial expressions in Lost in Thailand here.

Trailers for Lost in Thailand:

Lost in Thailand movie poster.

Lost in Thailand movie poster.

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  • ddd

    non of those were funny

    • sam

      this is like someone is telling a joke, you don’t understand it. Some one expain the joke to you, then off couse it is not funny anymore.

    • Jun

      you must be a Lakers fan.

      • Germandude

        Yupp, I liked the Lakers one as well. The only one that made me smile.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=22624249 Sean Cauffiel

    Not even a little.

  • http://www.facebook.com/stuart.craig2 Stuart Craig

    This movie was hilarious! I had several proper laugh out loud moments while watching it. Go and watch it if you haven’t already :-)

  • MonkeyMouth

    Caption1: “So, you like to read chinaSMACK, huh?
    Captoin2: ” After reading all these insipid ‘joke’ articles, you came across mine, huh?”

    Caption3: “Still haven’t laughed at any of them? But you still read this! hahahahaha. FOOL!”

  • Appalled@everything

    It’s depressing, because all of these are bleak realities for most Chinese, and sometimes the only thing to do when life is so shitty is make a little joke and pretend that it isn’t. The Lakers joke went right over my head. The rest rang totally true.

  • Alex

    Humor level: 0

    • YourSupremeCommander

      -0, if there is such a number.

      • Ami

        jesus christ…

        • Strelnikov

          …..has nothing to do with China.

  • https://www.facebook.com/dinie.akhemu Gerhana

    …. I have prepared my mind and soul to be downvoted. I made one because boredom is a sin. its a tribute to certain someone.

    • Germandude

      I wish I could give you a zillion upvotes for this.

      • https://www.facebook.com/dinie.akhemu Gerhana

        Thanks, why not make one yourself as a fun therapy?

        • Germandude

          As if I didn’t have enough work to do already…

          • https://www.facebook.com/dinie.akhemu Gerhana

            haha, well either this or shoot your customer. Youre busy and im starving for lunch

          • Germandude

            So we are in the same boat since you are busy starving for lunch. LOL

    • http://sinopathic.com/ terroir

      You may know whom I’m talking about.

      • https://www.facebook.com/dinie.akhemu Gerhana

        that troll have left I believe, though I do miss her since she can play the piano at the… 8th level whatever. She troll the blogs while playing Bach Piano Concerto No 1 in D minor while sipping champagne near a fireplace that used real woods imported from Europe. A grand troll with flair.

        • http://sinopathic.com/ terroir

          The sad thing is that I’m not even talking about any one individual person.

          I do miss Hongjian, though. Americ-what was it again?

    • Dr Sun

      funny

  • Irvin

    Stop being so negative and try to do better.

  • http://500px.com/justinrjones whiskersthecat

    I’m glad my sense of humor isn’t based in China and Chinese culture.

    • cupermo

      foolish you.u are not chinese so u cannt fully understand them. how could you pour scorn over thier culture.

      • http://500px.com/justinrjones whiskersthecat

        Let’s see…there’s some about finals, one about turning 30, one about being a Lakers fan (NBA is American, not Chinese), one about about work,…only one is about something from Chinese culture (Chinese New Year), but it’s about buying a train ticket during that time. I spent three years in China, so I learned at least this much. So, all in all, very little of this had anything to do with Chinese culture.

        Now, I will tell you how I pour scorn over this part of their culture. In this specific case, I used my keyboard to type “I’m glad my sense of humor isn’t based in China and Chinese culture.” I hope this helps.

        • cupermo

          Anyway, when taking a first glance at your comment, anyone would tend to think that you are saying it in a lofty manner. Besieds, from my point of view, what u have mentioned above–the finals or work or whatever happened in China are all concerned with “chinese culture” (its a big concept which covers the people’s daily life )..it is what exactly happened in China.

          • http://500px.com/justinrjones whiskersthecat

            Yep, it happened in China. It also happened here. It’s not Chinese culture. The end.

    • http://sinopathic.com/ terroir

      The exact same guys did an earlier movie about 春运, the mass migration before Spring Festival. What made it noteworthy was that it was a beat-for-beat copy of “Planes, Trains and Automobiles”. Even if you don’t like Chinese humor, this was still interesting to see as a sociological experiment.

      It failed because it didn’t have a point to it like the original had (SPOILER: dead wife) but that guy has an awesome infectious smile. When Chinese humor is funny, it is awesome. (when it is funny, natch)

      • http://500px.com/justinrjones whiskersthecat

        Oh I wasn’t talking about the movie, I was talking about these meme entries…

        • http://sinopathic.com/ terroir

          Leave it to terroir to explain what didn’t have to be explained.

          I don’t believe (sic?) in memes myself, but for the sake of the thread made one below. Get in on it.

  • A Lu

    The movie is MUCH, MUCH funnier than these jokes

  • Markoff

    the first movie is little bit funny because it was copycat of Planes, trains and automobiles, 2nd movie looks genuine not copying anything so it’s waste of time, better watch A world without thieves, Kekexili or Sunflower, much better movies…

  • Terri

    I saw this movie, it was hilarious!

  • mandrewsf

    I thought it was pretty funny, but the English translations just killed the humor.

  • Ryo

    None was funny.. not even a chuckle…

  • ScottLoar

    Caption 3: GPS here! Ha, ha, ha!
    Caption 2: Just a quickie, not long.
    Caption 1: You really think I’d do that?

  • aclcla

    for my colleague, who i am going to thailand with for 春节。。。waaaahooooooooo!

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