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5 August 2004 (Thailand) See more »
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A group of athletes helping a poor village must stop an evil tyrant and his men from terrorizing the village. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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A good martial arts film full of crowd-pleasing stunts. See more (27 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Nappon Gomarachun ... General Jang Sei Yang
Santisuk Promsiri ... Lowfei
Dan Chupong ... Deaw
Piyapong Piew-on ... Tun
Somrak Khamsing ... Tug
Amornthep Waewsang ... Moo
Suebsak Pansueb ... Jo
Nantaway Wongwanichislip ... Nye
Kessarin Ektawatkul ... Nui
Rattaporn Khemtong ... Tunta
Chatthapong Pantanaunkul ... Foong (as Chattaporn Pantana-Angkul)
Sasisa Jindamanee ... Baetoey
Payong Mounda ... Village Head
Swat Hoopsom ... Disabled
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

June Angela ... Nui (voice: English version)

Vanna Bonta ... Mali (voice: English version)
Sahaschai Chumrum ... Lieutenant Thripundomrong Liddomerong

Elyse Dinh ... Tukta / Newscaster (voice: English version)
Alexander Haney ... (voice)

Josiah D. Lee ... Scruff (voice: English version)

Marlene Sharp ... Additional Characters (voice: English version)
Wannakit Sirioput ... Foh

Don Thai Theerathada ... Tub (voice) (as Don Tai)

Eddie Vee ... Deaw (voice: English version)
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Directed by
Panna Rittikrai 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Morakat Kaewthanek  screenplay
Panna Rittikrai  story
Thanapat Taweesuk  screenplay

Produced by
Tech Akarapol .... producer (as Akarapol Techaratanaprasert)
Prachya Pinkaew .... producer
Sukanya Vongsthapat .... producer
Sita Vosbein .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Traithep Wongpaiboon 
 
Cinematography by
Surachet Thongmee 
 
Film Editing by
Thanapat Taweesuk 
 
Stunts
Michael B. .... stunts
Seng Kawee .... stunt coordinator
Banlu Srisaeng .... stunt coordinator
 
Other crew
Marc Handler .... voice director: English version
Panna Rittikrai .... action choreographer
Banlu Srisaeng .... action choreographer
 

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Also Known As:
"Kerd ma lui" - Thailand (original title)
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96 min
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Continuity: During the truck chase scene, Daew's partner drives his van between General Yang's trucks and shoots on both sides, killing the passenger in the truck on the right and the driver of the truck on the left. After the truck on the right hits its brakes and Daew falls off of it, Daew quickly jumps into the passenger side window of the truck. The dead passenger is nowhere to be seen.See more »

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19 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
A good martial arts film full of crowd-pleasing stunts., 25 May 2005
Author: fuzzy_wunz from New York, NY

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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