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I don’t watch as many fighting movies as I’d like so when I got the chance to review Warrior King 2 I was at first happy. I’m a Tony Jaa fan, especially because of Ong-Bak so when I watched this I had that movie in my mind as where the bar would be set. Maybe that was unfair or not, but Warrior King 2 is a movie that has the best of intentions, but struggles to see them through.
When Kham’s (Tony Jaa) elephant is stolen he goes on the hunt for the kidnappers, soon finding himself the number one suspect in the death of the man he believes to be to blame. With not only the police on his trail but also »
- Paul Metcalf
Director: Prachya Pinkaew.
Running Time: 104 minutes
Returning to the role of Kham, Tony Jaa once again finds himself having to save his elephant. The fact that this second Warrior King film relies on the same story, which although ridiculously cute is still ridiculous, certainly means that the film absolutely has to make up for it with exciting action sequences, it does this to a degree, but there’s a reason that Warrior King 2 is mostly hated by fans.
Tony Jaa arrived on the scene with Ong-bak, a film that prided itself on a complete lack of CG, green screen, and false wire work. Jaa’s career blossomed in a time where we began to become jaded by such gimmicks, and so at a time of The Expendables 3 and superhero features it would be great to »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
The Thailand International Film Destination Festival wrapped on April 29, with awards presented to the winners of the Amazing Thailand Film Challenge.
The short film competition involves 112 filmmakers, both students and professionals, flying to Thailand to make a short film in seven days.
The New Talent Award for Best Film went to Man by Charlotte Rabate and Chananun Chotrungroj, while Return Of The Golden Lily, directed by Takashi Hirose and Magnus Orn Thors, won the Experienced Vision Award for Best Film.
Launched last year, the festival aims to showcase Thailand as an international shooting destination, and also featured screenings of films that have shot in Thailand such as Peter Fudakowski’s Secret Sharer, Roy Alfred Jr’s Glory Days and Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s Bhaag Milkha Bhaag.
Awards also went to guests for their contributions to Thailand’s international film industry, including producer Daemon Hillin (A Stranger In Paradise), production designer James Newport (Bangkok Dangerous) and actresses [link=nm »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Liz Shackleton)
Hong Kong – Thailand’s deputy prime minister Yukol Limlamthong was on hand at the closing ceremony of the Thailand International Film Destination Festival 2014 which wrapped Tuesday in Bangkok.
Awards were presented to winners of the Amazing Thailand Film Challenge, in which 56 pairs of film-makers were given $1,000 and ground transport and challenged to make a film in seven days.
The new talent / best film prize went to “Man,” by Charlotte Rabate and Chananun Chotrungroj, while the equivalent prize for professional film-makers went to “Return of the Golden Lily,” by Takashi Hirose and Magnus Orn Thors.
Other awards were made to invited guests, including Chinese actress Bai Ling (pictured, right), and to local celebrities Rhatha Phongam and Sonia Couling. Others in attendance included Gary Daniels and Spain’s Catalina Sandino Moreno.
The festival, now in its second year, is intended to promote Thailand as a destination for international film-makers. It ran 20-29 April, »
- Patrick Frater
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 3 Jan 2014 - 07:52
They made us boo and hiss, and maybe made us like them a little bit, too. Here's our rundown of our favourite 2013 movie villains...
Nb: The following contains spoilers. If you stumble on an entry for a film you haven't seen yet, you're advised to skip to the next one.
We love them, we hate them, and sometimes, we love to hate them. Villains are the driving force of just about every story, and there was no shortage of great ones in 2013's movies. Whether they were violent and weapon waving, or quiet and slyly insinuating, last year's films were full of great antagonists of every sort.
You're sure to have some of your own ideas over who deserved to be listed among 2013's best baddies (so feel free to add yours in the comments, as ever), and honourable mentions should »
5 items from 2014
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