Thai Brides – Louis Theroux

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Louis Theroux struck gold yet again in this brilliant documentary which featured the ‘Introduction Services’ available in Thailand to men from overseas seeking Thai women for marriage.

Although presented in a fairly light-hearted format, it was very thought-provoking. Of course, to most of us the notion of these agencies is abhorrent to say the least. However, largely due to the style of presentation, it was quite revealing to listen to the viewpoints of the ‘clients’ and owners, who seemed to feel comfortable expressing their views. Louis Theroux’ style, which does not at first appear overly challenging, allows a truer insight into a person’s behaviour and makes him/her less defensive and consequently more candid.

Thai Brides - Louis Theroux, 8.8 out of 10 based on 140 ratings

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  • http://cara--likes.tumblr.com/ caralikes

    I get an overwhelming feeling that Louis really doesn’t like Ronnie at all. I don’t blame him.

  • Billiam

    What about from the women’s perspective, eh?

  • http://twitter.com/James_mk2 James

    So fucking funny.

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  • itzmee

    After living in Thailand 10 yrs i’ve seen it all . This doco is so typical of what goes on . Maybe they picked the two biggest creeps yet . To me the funniest bit of all this is how the guys talk to the girls as if they are children , believe me guys they are way ahead of the game . Thai girls are best looked on as nice but temporary .

  • uiu

    this small guy with the hat and the bug nose is just PAINFUL to watch, i mean shes 21 and hes 55 and its her bday she should be living it up, getting drunk not fed by a weird old perv….

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  • elle

    Woow I felt soo uncomfortable watching thiss….

  • Frank

    Louis’ viewpoint was slanted from the beginning and it showed only a few minutes into the program. Although I agree with his underlying take, his base assumptions and viewpoints were engrained into the documentary from the beginning leaving the viewer unable to have an opinion of the situation without possibly bumping up against the host, himself. A good documentarian illustrates events with a neutrality that allows the viewer to make up his/her own mind up on what they’re watching.

    Louis kept overlaying his personal Western values (ex. equality, women’s rights, and his view of Western male predatory behavior, etc), all of which I agree with, over these Asian women’s situations to illustrate his story. If his goal was to make himself look witty and “superior” to the people he was interviewing, good show…, if he was trying to make a balanced documentary, I think he missed an opportunity to leave his personal bias and sarcasm at home as it tended to overwhelm the program from the start. Ironically, Louis, a Western white male visiting an Asian country, reporting a Thai woman’s story through a Western viewpoint, which is a double irony for this story since that’s what the Thai agency women are attracted to. A white man to translate their daily lives through a Western, and possibly more prosperous, lens.

    There’s too much of this kind of biased reporting today. It’s great on comedy shows like the Colbert Report but doesn’t belong in serious reporting or documentary making. Good topic, and I did agree with Louis’ overall view and like his work, however, I wish the story could’ve been more balanced for the viewer without the personal bias of the documentarian taking over the film.

  • Johnny

    Like the African Hunting doc, Louis is far more interesting in criticizing than learning about the situation. He’s witty and smart but he filters everything through middle-class English biases. These women are flocking to this agency for a reason. They live in a poor country where men don’t respect women’s rights and frequently abuse their wives. So they want to make a better life in a richer, cleaner country with a man who will treat them better. My American friend and his Filipino wife have been happily married for the last 10 years. He got her out of an Eastern slum. She is profoundly grateful, and they get on very well together. What’s wrong with that?

    • Nidhish Mehra

      I am also wanting to marry the Thailand or Philippines woman. It is the nice thing for wive to have the gratefulness to its husband, isn’t it? Moreover the women of Gandhinagar are too much the modern thinking in these times. Please be understanding that Indian man is not happy for always outside times for the wive. Please I would like to know and be sure for a सम्मानित agent in Thailand?

    • jet

      No woman should ever feel “profoundly grateful” to her husband. There should be feelings of equality. (oops there is the western woman in me speaking.)

  • Nidhish Mehra

    I am the nervous and exited man today :) Indeed I am registered to the http://www.thaisilkintro.com/ website. I will be attending two weeks Thailand on नवंबर November for to meet the Thailand woman. :)

    • hello

      You understand they are looking for White guys?

  • Carole Chant

    OOOOOH so creepy…….this old man makes my skin crawl

  • no

    I only watched 6 minutes. It was a bit creepy.

  • uah

    this guy is creepy and disgusting as fuck. the stuff he is saying makes me want to vomit

  • Soparattana

    Hello There !!!
    Im a Thaigirl .Im from bkk originally and I have also lived here for my entire life.

    Sadly but true,the places Louis visited in this video are tourist places in bkk .
    No surprisingly, there are alot of prostitutes and gold diggers. What else can you guys expect to see?…lol

    Ordinary Thais usually do not go there including me and my friends ,as we have no reasons to go. So, there is not a single chance for you White people to meet girls like us.

    So, you cannot say Thai girls prefer white guys to the others because there are ONLY SOME OF THEM DO.

    For me, I dont care about color or race, but his heart . I realize that in the end we all look quite similar when we get old no matter how good looking you are when you were young,but a good heart always remains.

    Whats the point for staying with a good looking (now )with a bad heart (forever) guy?
    I’ll pass.

  • Soparattana

    If I may add,

    Its true,Thailand is still a developing country,we have a lot of poor people ,poor family here.
    I have no rights to judge them no matter what their careers are.

    I,myself, am not rich either, but I guess Im just lucky to be good at studying and got the scholarship for my Bachelors degrees. That brought me an opportunity to get an ok job ,not to struggle for living in BKK.

    I cannot speak for anyone else, I can only speak for myself. I dont give a shit about how rich the guy I want to be with is as long as he is a good person and love me.

    Money might be able to buy everything,but certainly not some type of happiness.
    Agree?