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Starring: Dan Chupong, Kessarin Ektawatkul, Noppol Gomarachun
Director: Panna Rittigrai
Rating: NC16 (Some Violent Scenes)
Year Made: 2005


VCD Format (2 Discs)
Subtitles: English & Chinese
Running Time: 1 hr 40 mins
Distributor: InnoForm Media



Deaw is a Special Forces police officer who witnesses his partner and friend murdered in a drugs bust that went terribly wrong. Feeling disheartened with his life as a protector he decided to join his sister and a troupe of elite athletes on a government sponsored charity event close to the borders between Burma and Thailand.

Everything was going well. Deaw was once again happy and fulfilled until…

A group of guerillas armed with a nuclear missile take over the sleepy village holding it hostage. The ransom, the release of General Yang one of the world’s most wanted drug lords. The clock is ticking, can Deaw and the athletes rescue the village from the mercenaries? Can they save Bangkok from the imminent nuclear threat?


If you are wondering why there is a recent onslaught of movies from Thailand, you may want to recall a certain Tony Jaa who broke out with a surprise hit called Ong-bak in 2003.

The genre not only caught on in the American market (check out the movie is promoted in the west), it also brought with it the production of more action flicks featuring big explosive sets and traditional Muay Thai boxing. This 2004 flick goes as far as promoting itself as a movie “directed by the legendary martial arts choreographer of Ong-bak and Tom Yum Goong”.

Yes, it got us looking forward to how much more groundbreaking this action thriller can be, compared to the others we had seen before.

The 100-minute movie begins with an explosive opening sequence where a drug bust goes wrong, and one of the officers gets brutally murdered. His partner becomes depressed and goes to a small village on a charity mission.

But things would not be exciting for us viewers if the bad guys had not threatened the sluggish village with a nuclear threat that may destroy Bangkok. As ridiculous as it sounds, this part of the plot actually helps to spice up the movie quite a bit.

As far as the genre goes, this movie does not offer more, but neither does it offer less. There are quite a few violent and bloody scenes, earning it its NC16 rating from our friends at the censorship board. The action scenes are exhilaratingly choreographed, and the fighting sequences will keep you at the edge of your seats.

This movie also has an interesting aspect which makes it somewhat memorable in its own way. Director Panna Rittikrai seems to be a patriotic Thai, considering the many shots of the Thailand flag in full glory in the movie. The revolutionary scenes where the villagers go out full force to fight the bad guys are also something which we did not expect initially.

As for the male lead Dan Chupong, his performance is remarkable, so we can only wish him the best, and that his fame will spread to the west like a certain Tony Jaa.


Review by John Li


Other titles from Innoform:

. My Name Is Fame

. Lizard Woman

. Letter

. Chai-Lai Angels

. Helen the Baby Fox

. Love Asia

. The Commitment

. The Story of X-Circle

. Beautiful, Wonderful, Perfect

. Hit Man



This review is made possible with the kind support from InnoForm


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