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Born to Fight (2004)
"Kerd ma lui" (original title)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Drama  |  5 August 2004 (Thailand)
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A group of athletes helping a poor village must stop an evil tyrant and his men from terrorizing the village.

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Piyapong Piew-on ...
Tun
Somrak Khamsing ...
Tug
Amornthep Waewsang ...
Moo
Suebsak Pansueb ...
Jo
Nantaway Wongwanichislip ...
Nye
Kessarin Ektawatkul ...
Nui
Rattaporn Khemtong ...
Chatthapong Pantanaunkul ...
Foong (as Chattaporn Pantana-Angkul)
Sasisa Jindamanee ...
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Daew is a cop who has nailed the evil gunrunner General Yang, but his partner is killed in the case and Daew becomes depressed. However, his sister asks him to join her and some of her athlete friends to a small village to give food and toys to the villagers. What starts out as a trip to help people turns into a nightmare when Yang's men arrive at the village and take over, demanding the release of Yang or a nuclear missile will hit Bangkok. When villagers are killed left and right, Daew and the athletes must start a revolution against the tyranny before it's too late. Written by Ninja01

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When Daew and his partner chase General Yang's two 18-wheeler trucks, Daew jumps on the truck on the right. The next shot shows Yang looking up when he hears Daew's footsteps. But after Daew's partner takes down the driver of the truck on the left, Yang is revealed to be inside that truck and not in the one Daew is on. See more »

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A good martial arts film full of crowd-pleasing stunts.
25 May 2005 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

First of all, be wary of anyone who gives a score of 1. Only completely objectionable and morally bankrupt pursuits could warrant such a score.

Kerd ma lui is an action film that follows the life of an undercover Thai cop who is ailing from the recent loss of a partner. To salve his pain and to fulfill his duty as his sister's guardian, he decides to take some time to travel to an outlying village on a mission of good will. Whilst there, the village is overrun by murderous terrorist with sinister motives, not least of which being to indiscriminately slaughter innocent villagers for all the world to see.

The story in Kerd ma lui is solid and well paced. The cast of characters are adequate and they all serve their immediate purpose. There's a good deal of nationalism in the film as it does deal with terrorism and nuclear holocaust, but the Thai nationalism was refreshing to me as it offered a perspective that I had never before experienced. It was nowhere as political as the nationalism prevalent in many US films, but it was inspiring never the less.

The real meat of the film is its action. It's a reckless brand of stunt mastery that actually inspires fear and concern for the performers. Each stunt and flawless take seems to tempt fate. For example, trucks perform jumps only to land a couple of feet away from an actor's head. And though some of the choreographed fights between the less skilled performers utilize camera tricks for impact effect, there are some fights with hits that simply aren't pulled--high flying moves full of so much momentum and speed that they need to be slowed down in order to be appreciated. Speaking of slow motion, it's used quite liberally throughout the film. I've heard complaints against this, but it's important to note that some of the choreography would simply not be seen at 24 fps.

Kerd ma lui is a good film that has a lot more going for it than Ong bak. It has a deeper storyline and characters that are likable and interesting. The suspense is more genuine and the fights aren't as repetitive. Comparisons to Ong bak aside, Kerd ma lui manages to be a decent film that is certainly worth a watch and, as always, it provides a glimpse into a foreign approach to the action genre. Without doubt, the Thais have succeeded in creating an action fighter that outperforms many of its counterparts from the west.


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Kinda feels like 'Thailand the movie' at times, Lol. maxibon2010
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