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The Kick has one hell of a pedigree. Directed by Prachya Pinkaew, who lensed to international hit Ong Bak, as well as the well-regarded Chocolate – whose star JeeJa Yanin is also in this – the movie features a wealth of Thai talent, including Cho Jae Hyun from The Isle and Phetthai Vongkumlao, who is one of Thailand’s biggest comedians.
But the real star is Tae-joo Na – in only his second ever film role – who shows the same type of martial arts skill that made Jackie Chan famous, mixing slapstick and fighting with consummate ease; and the scene in which he tries out to be a K-Pop star, blending dance with martial arts, are breathtaking.
The story is a little light – it essentially bad guys versus kung-fu family – but that doesn »
- Phil Wheat
Director: Danny Pang. Review: Adam Wing. The last time the Pang Brothers scored a hit was in 2006 with fantasy horror yarn, Re-cycle. Their collaborations have fared better than their solo offerings, but with The Detective, Diary and Abnormal Beauty under his belt, Oxide is the more reliable of the two. Danny has made some real clunkers along the way, including snooze-fest Forest of Death and In Love with the Dead. There's no doubting the visual prowess of either brother, but when it comes to great storytelling, fan favourites like The Eye and Bangkok Dangerous are fast becoming distant memories. Psycho-thriller Fairy Tale Killer is written and directed by Danny Pang, in collaboration with Thai director of photography Decha Srimantra (The Eye, Chocolate). In Lau Ching Wan (Mad Detective), Fairy Tale Killer has found a strong lead actor, but Danny also casts Wang Bao Qiang (Blind Shaft), Elanne Kwong (The Child's »
The Kick, 2011.
Directed by Prachya Pinkaew.
A family of Korean Taekwondo experts become targeted by ruthless gangsters after they foil the planned criminal theft of a priceless Thai artefact.
This neat fusion of slapstick comedy and intricate martial arts from Ong-bak and Chocolate creator Pinkaew is reminiscent of the kind of Hong Kong movies that Jackie Chan used to make back in the 1980s. Concentrating on turbo charged scenes of feet, fists and swords; the joint Korean-Thai production finds its mark with explosive force and accomplished dexterity.
Following a Korean family team of Thai-based Taekwondo fighters as they prevent the robbery of the ancient knife the 'kris of kings', the film pits a blood-thirsty gang of criminals as they try to claim the artefact. The younger members of the family are sent out to their uncle, »
- Gary Collinson
Director: Prachya Pinkaew. Review: Adam Wing. Thailand's top action movie director Prachya Pinkaew - the man behind Ong Bak and Chocolate - delivers another breakthrough in action cinema with The Kick, the first Thailand-Korea joint production. Cho Jae Hyun (Bad Guy), Ye Ji Won (Hanji), and taekwondo athletes Kim Kyung Suk and Na Tae Joo, form a family of Korean taekwondo masters living in Thailand. The Kick pits them against a gang of ruthless criminals, in an endearing action movie that mixes comedy, choreography and crocodiles to blistering effect. You can't have a Thai action movie without the presence of Petchtai Wongkamloo, the pintsized comedy sidekick whose smart mouth gave Tony Jaa a run for his money in Ong Bak and Warrior King. Wongkamloo is joined by the ever-so-striking JeeJa Yanin, kick-ass heroine of Chocolate and Raging Phoenix fame, who still manages to impress despite an alarming lack of screen time. »
Tiff’s Midnight Madness program turned 25 this year, and for two and half decades, the hardworking programers have gathered some of the strangest, most terrifying, wild, intriguing and downright entertaining films from around the world. From dark comedies to Japanese gore-fests and indie horror gems, the Midnight Madness program hasn’t lost its edge as one the leading showcases of genre cinema. In its 25-year history, Midnight Madness has introduced adventurous late-night moviegoers to such cult faves as Richard Linklater’s Dazed and Confused and Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs. But what separates Midnight Madness from, say, Montreal’s three and half week long genre festival Fantasia, is that Tiff selects only ten films to make the cut. In other words, these programmers don’t mess around. Last week I decided that I would post reviews of my personal favourite films that screened in past years. And just like the Tiff programmers, »
If you are looking to get your fix while waiting for Tom Yum Goong 2 to hit any sized screen near you perhaps this behind the scenes clip featuring Jeeja Yanin will quell your hunger pangs.First she talks about her character Ping Ping...Jeeja talks about her character Ping Ping in the film and how she's different from the one in Chocolate. In Chocolate she was more like a child while Ping Ping is more focused and knows what she wants and how to get it. Then she talks about the martial arts and fighting in the film..."Not just Muay Thai anymore but more modern day hand to hand. Fighting with a twin is difficult. Timing and rhythm is very important. Tyg 2 took so long to...
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With the Thai release of Tony Jaa star vehicle Tom Yum Goong 2 edging up a quartet of new posters have released for the film focusing on four of the main characters - Jaa and Chocolate star Jeeja Yanin among them - with nary an elephant to be found anywhere. Check them out in the gallery below and remember you can click to enlarge....
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Thailand's top action movie director Prachya Pinkaew - the man behind Ong Bak and Chocolate - delivers another high-octane hit with The Kick, the first Thailand-Korea joint production. Cho Jae Hyun (Bad Guy), Ye Ji Won (Hanji), and taekwondo athletes Kim Kyung Suk and Na Tae Joo become heroes when they inadvertently stop a crime ring from stealing a national treasure, which doesn't go down particularly well it has to be said. If that's not enough to whet your appetite, Chocolate's Jija Yanin, who was originally trained in taekwondo, co-stars as well. The Kick smashes its way on to U.K. DVD on 7 Oct 2013. This film may contain scenes of a kick-ass nature. Synopsis: After the son of a family of taekwondo experts foils an attempt to steal a priceless Thai artefact, the family becomes national heroes - and targets of revenge by the criminal gang whose robbery the son foiled. »
Tony Jaa is back. It's been a tough few years for the former Buddhist monk, but we're pleased to announce the return to big screen action for one of Thailand's brightest stars. After going way over budget on the highly anticipated sequels to Ong-Bak, the first time director and star abandoned production and escaped to a secluded cave hideaway. It was his mentor - Ong-Bak director Panna Rittikrai - that stepped in to save the film. They weren't the best of friends for a little while but time is a great healer and now they're back in action, on a quest to rescue Kham's (Jaa) pet elephant. Again. The plot - as is usually the case - really isn't up to much, but Rittikrai and Jaa have something special up their sleeves. That's right, for the hotly anticipated sequel Jaa has teamed up with none other than Yanin "Jeeja" Vismitananda »
Stars: Sasisa Jimdamanee, Johnny Nguyen, Nantawooti Boonrapsap, Arunya Pawilai, Nawarat Techarathanaprasert, Paytaai Wongkamlao | Written byNonont Kontaweesook, Napalee | Directed by Krissanapong Rachata
Despite their small size and inexperience, having grown up under the roof of a Muay Thai school two young brothers and their friends have become highly skilled, if undisciplined, martial artists. Sadly, the youngest of the gang suffers from an acute heart condition, which following a minor scuffle with some local bullies lands him in hospital and desperately in need of a life-saving transplant. Fortunately, a viable heart soon becomes available at another local hospital, but before it can be transferred the building is overtaken by rebel soldiers-turned-terrorists prepared to kill if their politically-driven demands are not met by the authorities.
With only four hours in which the surgery can be performed successfully, the young friends take it upon themselves to infiltrate the hospital and retrieve the donated organ. »
- Phil Wheat
The full Fantasia 2013 lineup has now been revealed, and we have here the third and final wave of titles to share. Prepare to drool!
From the Press Release:
The Fantasia International Film Festival is proud to announce the rest of our 120-feature lineup that comprises our 2013 event, along with a string of additional details that mark our 17th edition as a standout. Fantasia will engulf the city of Montreal from July 18-August 6, 2013. Be sure to visit the Fantasia Film Festival website for detailed essays on every title announced here, as well as all films previously disclosed over the last weeks.
Before we get started on titles... Meet Our 2013 Juries
Main Competition For The Cheval Noir Award For Best Film
Jury President: Laura Kern (Critic, Curator, managing editor, Film Comment)
Jean-Pierre Bergeron (Actor, Director, Screenwriter)
Samuel Jamier (Co-Director of the New York Asian Film Festival, Programmer at Japan Society)
Jarod Neece (Senior Programmer and Operations Manager, »
- The Woman In Black
The Fantasia Film Festival is taking place from July 18th to August 6th in Montreal and will feature over 100 films from around the world. We gave you a look at the initial lineup last month and now have an additional list of Fantasia 2013 films that will be screening, including Curse of Chucky, You’re Next, and Frankenstein’s Army:
A rarity among genre franchises, the Child’S Play series (begun in 1988) has retained the sure-handed guidance of original screenwriter/creator Don Mancini throughout killer doll Chucky’s decades’-long reign of horror. Mancini, who will be hosting our “scar-studded” world premiere, graduated to the director’s chair with 2004’s Seed Of Chucky, after having co-written or written every entry in the series. His longevity with the project is, of course, matched by the fiendish voiceover work by »
- Jonathan James
The film’s title does not lie: madcap Thai action-comedy This Girl is Badass is indeed about a very badass chick. Her name is Jukkalan, and she makes a living as a very talented bike messenger while mooning over her guitar-playing neighbor and getting frustrated with her awkward Uncle Wang. Jukkalan is badass because she is portrayed by Jeeja Yanin, a pint-sized martial arts star from Bangkok best known for flaunting her mad taekwondo skills in the films Chocolate and Flying Phoenix.
- Lee Jutton
Written & Directed by Petchtai Wongkamlao (The Bodyguard 1 & 2) and starring all round action gal Jeeja Yanin (Raging Phoenix, Chocolate) Thai action comedy This Girl is Badass is coming to the U.S on DVD next month, via Magnolia pictures. If you’re expecting all out action then bare in mind this is comedy heavy (which in Thailand means drag queens, and continuous wack-wack-oops sound effects punctuating every joke) but between the humour there’s plenty of Jeeja kicking ass, to enjoy. This Girl is Badass, streets: May 21, 2013. Synopsis: In This Girl is Badass, Jeeja takes her skills to the next level as a bike messenger who is hired by competing mob bosses to smuggle goods. Caught in the middle and given an ultimatum, the only way out is a confrontation erupting into a battle of bullets, face kicks and blows. This Girl is Badass trailer »
14 items from 2013
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