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The Vanquisher (2009)

After completing a covert mission in southern Thailand, CIA agent Gunja finds herself forced to fight off operatives who’ve been ordered to take her out at all costs. She survives and after two years of laying low, re-emerges in Bangkok to face her old foes and foil a plot to detonate a bomb in the city.

One of the worst Thai action movies you’ll ever see. It’s full of awful acting and uninspiring action sequences. The villains are so crap they can’t even shoot somebody when they’re close to them. Sophita Sribanchean as the CIA agent Gunja is no action star (compared to Jeeja Yanin) and the rest of her co-stars fare even less better. Sure, the ladies on show are beautiful eye-candy but they just can’t act properly. I was expecting a lot more from this thanks to the movie poster and the trailer. Don’t waste your time watching it. Poor.

Sadako’s Rating: 1.5 out of 5

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Art Of The Devil (2004)

A rich architect strikes up an illicit affair with an attractive young girl but when she tells him that she’s pregnant, he panics. Eager to shed his mistress, the guy gives her a lot of money, hoping he can buy her disappearance. But she comes back, claiming the money isn’t enough; unfortunately, her ex-lover thinks it’s plenty, and such a large amount entitles him to invite his scumbag buddies over for a beachside gang rape. Humiliated and lusting for vengeance, the girl turns to witchcraft, and teams up with a mysterious warlock to give her ex-lover a deadly curse. Through the dark arts, she eliminates each and every member of her abuser’s family in gruesome fashion.

An average Thai horror. Whilst it’s not perfect or original for that matter, it does have some messy, inventive deaths and some gorgeous women. The story is fairly uninspiring with a plot device that’s been done to death involving a reporter investigating the deaths. The deaths as I’ve said are pretty good and mostly involve the victim coughing up all kinds of nasty stuff including some razors, nails and best of all a pile of eels!! Lead actresses Arisa Wills and Supakson Chaimongkol are both easy on the eye, and provide a little incentive to remain focused, but, in the end, Art of the Devil proves to be nothing more than an average Asian horror flick.

Sadako’s Rating: 3 stars out of 5

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A group of 5 street kids live and teach Muay Thai in a temple with their master. One of them has a heart problem and during an incident his condition worsens and is rushed to hospital. His only hope is a heart transplant. By sheer luck, one is found in a hospital many miles away and is due to be transported. But the hospital finds itself under attack from a terrorist group called the Tealaw Party who demands some concessions from the Thai government. With the hospital unable to transport the heart and unless it is safely transplanted into a patient’s body in 4 hours it will be deemed useless. The kids cannot stand by and watch their friend die so they take it upon themselves to go to the hospital, take on the terrorists and get the much needed heart. But can they survive taking on such a group who are armed with machine guns?

From the team behind Chocolate and Raging Phoenix comes this very good action movie. It might sound on paper like it’s a family movie and whilst at times it does act like one, you soon find out it’s not with people being shot at point blank range and plenty of swearing coming from the kids themselves! The child actors are so endearing with 2 of them displaying incredible martial arts ability. The action is short but great and as with all Thai movies such as this one is creative. The only downside is the poor acting by 1 Western actor – very cringeworthy and embarrasing I might add and the short running time of the movie. It only clocks in at 73 mins.

Overall though, I really enjoyed Power Kids and it entertained me a lot. It might not have the ‘wow’ factor that Tony Jaa and Jeeja Yanin movies have produced but it’s still a lot of fun. Definitely worth checking out.

Sadako’s Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5

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Ex WWE wrestler and 7 foot giant Nathan Jones is Barney, a docile man who after a drunken night out finds his passport has been stolen in Pattaya, Thailand. He befriends two sisters who will help him find his passport. At their mothers restaurant they find that Barney goes crazy when he eats a spicy dish called ‘somtum’. He destroys the restaurant but vows that in order to make it up to them he’ll do whatever it takes to rebuild the restaurant. Meanwhile some bad guys get a precious diamond stolen by one of the sisters and want it back. The paths of Barney, the sisters and the bad guys are about to converge but who will come out of the melee intact?

What an incredible Thai comedy/action/martial arts movie this is. You don’t really need to watch it with subtitles as half of the dialogue is in English and the plot is easy to follow. It’s such a good light-hearted movie with some awesome fights throughout. The stand-out star has to be the pint sized girl Sasisa Jindamanee. I’ve no idea how old she is – maybe 14 or 15 years old but she is such a nimble martial artist and a joy to watch. She even gets involved in a Thai boxing match with an adult male in the movie. A new Thai action girl is born! I’d love to see her in a movie with Jeeja Yanin.

If you love Thai action movies, there’s no doubt you’ll enjoy this one. It’s awesome even if the final fight at the climax which sees a Lear-type jet being destroyed is rather far fetched!! Two thumbs up!

Sadako’s Rating: 4 stars out of 5

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The Sanctuary (2009)

In the early 1900s in Thailand, a group of thieves steal some precious royal antiques from the King and bury the loot so that no-one else can find them. In the present day, a Thai man Kirk finds one of the antiques close to his village but is instantly targeted by foreign criminals and unfortunately killed in a skirmish. The criminals posing as a mineral extraction team manage to locate the other antiques – they hope to make a lot of money by selling them on the black market. But they didn’t count on Kirk’s brother Krit and a young female journalist who are determined that the criminals who have their country’s national treasures will not be able to get away and flee across the border.

If you’re expecting anything like Ong Bak then you’re in for a big disappointment. The main actor who plays Krit may look good in his fights but he’s got nothing on Tony Jaa or even Jeeja Yanin for that matter. The action whilst plentiful offer nothing new to the Thai action genre and after a while you’ll get tired of this movie. The acting isn’t that good especially from the foreign contingent. Luckily the story moves along at a good pace to keep the action flowing as it’s only 80 mins long. Average at best.

Sadako’s Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5

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Kham’s life is turned upside down when an international mafia syndicate, based in Australia, captures his two beloved elephants and smuggles them thousands of kilometers away to Sydney. The two elephants are far more than mere animals to Kham and his father; they are part of his family and were being prepared to be presented as a token of devotion to his Majesty the King of Thailand. The only way Kham can possibly save the animals is by venturing into a foreign land for the first time. Taking on a mafia group to rescue two elephants from a foreign country presents a huge challenge, even for a martial arts master like Kham. Despite the help of Sergeant Mark, a Thai police Sergeant based in Australia, and Pla, a Thai girl forced into modern day slavery, the going gets tough. They must take on the ruthless gang of Madame Rose, whose henchmen include Johnny, a Vietnamese thief and martial arts expert, and the hulking TK. Kham has no choice but to risk his own life for the animals he loves.

Tony Jaa is sensational but I think he was better in Ong Bak. Brilliant bone breaking fight sequences and the little elephant that appears in this movie is so cute.

Sadako’s Rating: 4 out of 5

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This movie rocks! A baby girl is born with autism. As she grows up, she finds her senses have been heightened. She picks up martial arts from watching TV and the Muay Thai school next door to her house. When her mother is dying from cancer and needs money for treatment, Zen and her friend Moom go about collecting money from the nasty gangs that owe her mother. They have no idea what’s about to hit them….

The 24 year old Thai female Jeeja Yanin is absolutely amazing here. This was her debut movie and she totally kicks ass in it. So agile in her fights. The action scenes left me speechless. Cool use of images showing another Thai star Tony Jaa. Great to also see Japanese actor Abe Hiroshi in this movie. It’s probably one of my favorite martial arts movie ever.

Sadako’s Rating: 4.5 out of 5

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