16 August 2012 8:16 AM, PDT | Beyond Hollywood | See recent Beyond Hollywood news »

Thai director Prachya Pinkaew and choreographer Panna Rittikrai return with more martial arts action in “The Kick”, which sees a family of Korean taekwondo masters taking on criminals in Thailand. The men who gave the world the hugely popular series “Ong Bak” serves up more of the same, with high-octane action going hand in hand with crazy stunts and top notch athleticism, though this time with more comedy and a family friendly appeal. The cast is made up of a mixture of Korean and Thai stars, including Cho Jae Hyun (“Bad Guy”), Ye Ji Won (“Hanji”), real life martial artists Kim Kyung Suk and Na Tae Joo, and Thai comedian Petchthai Wongkamlao. Excitingly, the film also sees Pinkaew working again with the sensational Jija Yanin, who he first introduced back in 2008 in the awesome thriller “Chocolate”. The knockabout plot sees the Moon family from Korea running a restaurant in Bangkok, »

- James Mudge

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