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Featuring Master Saekson Janjira. This DVDs shows special training drills that you can use to develop balance endurance and so much more its unbelievable. After watching this, DVD,Fighting ... See full summary »

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Dida Diafat ...
Ryan (as Dida)
Bernard Giraudeau ...
Jean
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Kim (as Florence Vanida Faivre)
Lakshantha Abenayake ...
Coffee (as Lakshan)
Sombat Metanee ...
Wiwat
Rith Luecha ...
Mr. Amom
Jean-Pierre Léonardini ...
Roger
Fariza Mimoun ...
Maima
Calbo ...
Manu
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Le gardien-chef
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Un gardien
Laurent Olmedo ...
Un gardien
Kimyu Rukyindee ...
Kimyu
Prawit Tueyu ...
Pajo
Pisek Intrakanchit ...
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Featuring Master Saekson Janjira. This DVDs shows special training drills that you can use to develop balance endurance and so much more its unbelievable. After watching this, DVD,Fighting Spirit Magazine says, 'this is one of the absolute best DVDs they have ever reviewed'. You will learn how to combine different training aids like a bench press and kicking pads to develop power balance and speed all at once. He shows fighting with four other fighters at once and how this, along with grappling throwing techniques particular to Muay Thai, will make you into a total fighter that can go the distance and still have more at the end.You will be so happy when you get this one - you will learn so much from Saekson, who is a master of masters. Written by Anonymous

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Nice story and a cool look into a Muay Thai camp.
14 May 2008 | by (Happy Land, who lives in a Gumdrop House on Lolly Pop Lane) – See all my reviews

First off, completely dismiss the person's review who didn't enjoy the movie. It's so completely obvious they know nothing about Muay Thai, or fighting for that matter. He said something along the lines of the lead actors form was amateurish, and that he is an amateur. That is SO wrong. As someone who trains in Muay Thai, I know that technique is super-duper important and this guy had great technique. As soon as he begins training it's very, very obvious this guy has had previous training. The knees were beautiful, he kept his shoulders up, threw punches with fluidity....I can go on and on. By the way, the actor playing the lead, Dida, this is HIS story, and he's a World Champion. Yeah, he's no amateur.

The movie itself is no slouch either. The movie gives off an intimate and nice feel of what being at a Muay Thai camp in Thailand would feel like. Following our lead from a petty thief to a Muay Thai fighter was a very fun and interesting ride. I suppose I'm more bias because I love fighting and appreciate technique and the brutality Muay Thai delivers. But if you also enjoy these aspects then you should also enjoy Chok Dee.

With simple side plots the involve back-stabbing and love, the movie also tries entertaining you with other real life areas. But the star of the movie is really the Muay Thai. And by using non-actors mostly, the film delivers lots of legit muay thai. Since they know their sport so well, the fights aren't played so softly. Instead they'll throw the kicks to safer spots like the shoulders or arm pit area.

Chok Dee delivers an intriguing yet simple story, by having a lead actor who expresses himself with a solemn intensity that really works. He's obviously not a great actor, but when you're watching him fight and train, acting flys out the door. As with the other good comment I also agree that a bit more focus on the camp would have made the movie something special. Instead you do have subplots, which do fine on their own, but it's not why you're watching this flick. If you enjoy fighting and Muay Thai, there is no reason for you not to check this out. A surprisingly good film.


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