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Muay Thai Giant (2008)
"Somtum" (original title)

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An action movie about a 7-foot-tall docile man who learns Muy Thai and then uses his new skills to help solve a case of stolen diamonds.

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Credited cast:
Dan Chupong ...
Lieutenant Pong
Kessarin Ektawatkul ...
Papaya Vendor
Jason Fenton ...
Barney Emerald (voice)
Tom Howard
Sasisa Jindamanee ...
Dokya
Ubon Jindamanee ...
Boxing Referee
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Barney Emerald
Padondat Kamalasaikol ...
Temple Boy
Patipan Kamalasikol ...
Temple Boy
Nuttaka Kanrattarach ...
Bar Girl
Napassakorn Kettasangkha ...
Bar Girl
Suwat Klingkesorn ...
Announcer
Sompong Kraitheerangkul ...
Venerable Mong
Damian Mavis ...
Private jet pilot
Tanachai Muanhong ...
Temple Boy
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Gentle giant Barney Emerald is drugged and robbed while on holiday in Pattaya. He befriends two Thai sisters, one who can speak English, another who is a muay-thai kick-boxing champion, and stays with them until he can recover his passport. After eating some spicy "somtum" at their mother's restaurant, he accidentally demolishes the place. He vows to find a way to earn the money to rebuild the restaurant. Written by Niz

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Rated R for some violence | See all certifications »
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Disappointed by ONG BAK 2? Check out SOMTUM to restore your faith in Thai action
8 April 2009 | by (Melbourne, Australia) – See all my reviews

A real surprise: who would have thought a kids film starring an ex-WWF wrestler could be this good? While the mainstream laps up the antics of Tony Jaa and Jeeja "CHOCOLATE" Yanin, the Thai film industry continues to create fresh, original, and very well made films that don't get as much attention: see SARS WARS for another example. SOMTUM is a light-hearted action comedy that mixes some fantastic kick-boxing action (both in and out of the ring) with some gentle, endearing and, very funny comedy sequences to great effect.

While Nathan Jones, as the naive tourist who "hulks up" at the taste of the spicy "somtum" dish, is a nice screen presence, the stars of the show are the two young Thai girls he befriends. Nawarat Techarathanaprasert shows a good command of English as the street urchin with a penchant for theft, but Sasisa Jindamanee, as her muay-thai kick-boxer older sister, is a total revelation! I urge Pracha Pinkaew and/or Panna Rittikrai to have her square off against Jeeja Yanin in a film as soon as possible: she's that good! The film itself is well-written, well-constructed, and solidly acted: even the "farang" actors, normally an afterthought, do well. There are two awesome cameos: Danny Chupong (BORN TO FIGHT, DYNAMITE WARRIOR) has a brilliant Jackie Chan-style kitchen-battle, and Kessarin "Nui" Ektawatkula (Chupong's sister in BORN TO FIGHT) is hilarious as a market-stall hawker using fruit-and-veg-kwon-do to beat up the bad guys.


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