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Born to Fight (2004)

Kerd ma lui (original title)
A group of athletes helping a poor village must stop an evil tyrant and his men from terrorizing the village.



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Credited cast:
Nappon Gomarachun ...
Santisuk Promsiri ...
Dan Chupong ...
Piyapong Piew-on ...
Somrak Khamsing ...
Amornthep Waewsang ...
Suebsak Pansueb ...
Nantaway Wongwanichislip ...
Kessarin Ektawatkul ...
Rattaporn Khemtong ...
Chatthapong Pantanaunkul ...
Foong (as Chattaporn Pantana-Angkul)
Sasisa Jindamanee ...
Payong Mounda ...
Village Head
Swat Hoopsom ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nui (voice)


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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5 August 2004 (Thailand)  »

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Kessarin Ektawatkul is a former national taekwondo champion. See more »


When Tun kicks a soccer ball towards a distant watch tower, we see a soldier fall off the tower with the ball next to him. The next shot shows him hit the ground, but the soccer ball is nowhere to be seen. See more »

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The ending credits feature outtakes and practice shots of most of the major stunts displayed on the film. See more »

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Yippee Kay Yay Mother...
23 August 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

John McClane has moved to Thailand with a vengeance. He's undergone a skin change operation, learnt a bit of muay thai and chopped off a couple of years. Deaw (aka McClane, also known as Dan Chupong) is a Thai cop creating havoc and catching bad-guys. Such as evil meanie crime-lord General Yang (Nappon Gomarachun). Unfortunately whilst nabbing this scum of the earth his partner and mentor tragically dies in an explosion with Deaw possibly not doing everything possible to save him.

Ridden with guilt he decides to accompany his younger sister to a athlete's training camp in a remote Thai village. Instead of solace and peace the worst thing imaginable happens - the town is taken over by General Yang's thugs, who shoot at any resistance and kill innocents without a blink. Armed with a nuclear missile and absolutely no moral code the band of killers they demand the release of their General or else...

Given the odds this McClane has a bit more common sense than his American version. Intead of going it all alone he incites the ordinary village folk and the athletes to fight, instead of let themselves be slaughtered like animals. And some of these athletes and villagers are more impressive bad-asses than McClane himself (with a one-legged soccer marvel all inclusive). McClane still needs to hone his muay thai skills a bit, as he constantly gets beat up and massacred. Would be very beneficial for him to watch how it should be done by putting on "Ong Bak".

As insinuated fight scenes are unfortunately unconvincing and apart from a couple of kicks, punches and the spectacular falls I didn't really believe in the damage done by most attacks (unlike Ong Bak or the more recent Chocolate). That led to the movie being somewhat unsatisfying.

However the stunts in general are quite spectacular and I really wonder about the budget on this movie. Made 100% pro and on par with the best action films made in the USA. Plus everything is real and no CGI is added on.

Movie purists may also nag about the scant plot, almost total lack of character development, extreme and mostly unfounded immorality of the baddies as well as the rampant pro-Thai propaganda (headlined by a Thai flag waving footballer and a national anthem sing-along). But hey... it's an action movie. And it's not like American action movies don't overdo it on the nationalism (Spiderman anyone?)...

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Kinda feels like 'Thailand the movie' at times, Lol. maxibon2010
could have been something special - ruined by some stupid stunts moviefiend-1
who's the cute thai girl in the red jacket? phrozunsun
Music at the beggining? ChanKwokWing
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An OK film, but with a good message shenzhka
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