In 2010, comedic stars Xu Zheng (Love in the Buff
) and Wang Baoqiang (A World Without Thieves
) teamed up for Lost on Journey
, a road comedy about two men trying to survive the annual Lunar New Year migration period. Made on a low budget, Lost on Journey
was a surprise hit at the Chinese box office.
Two years later, Xu reunites with Wang for Lost in Thailand, a thematic follow-up that also marks Xu's directorial debut. Armed with a much bigger budget (several times higher than the original film), Xu takes the adventure to Thailand, the home of elephants, temples and the Water Festival. Joining the two travelers in the craziness is fellow comedy star Huang Bo (Crazy Racer), playing the villain in constant pursuit of the two heroes. Thanks to the popularity of the first film, the exotic locations and a theatrical release slot during the busiest cinema-going season of the year, Lost in Thailand shattered box office records and became the top-grossing local film in Chinese history.
After years of research, Xu Lang (Xu Zheng) finally found success in creating the Supergas Petroleum Enhancer. The only way he can get funding for additional development is to go to Thailand and have his company's majority shareholder sign a letter of attorney. However, his professional rival Gao Bo (Huang Bo) wants to sell the technology for a quick buck and will stop at nothing to get his own letter of attorney signed first. On the way to Thailand, Xu Lang encounters Wang Bo (Wang Baoqiang), a simple onion cake maker on his first vacation overseas. In the heat of the chase, Wang Bo ends up joining Xu Lang on an adventure across Thailand with Gao Bo close on their tail.