Saturday, February 14, 2009


Thailand 2008

Acclaimed Thai action director Prachya Pinkaew helms this martial arts drama, which follows Zen (JeeJa Yanin), a young autistic woman who discovers that she has the uncanny ability to absorb precision fighting skills just by watching martial arts movies. When her cancer-ridden mother's creditors come calling, Zen attempts to settle the debts by standing up to a hardnosed gang of criminals who have wrongfully swindled money from her family.

Opposed to typical Thai action films, this one stands out even with the homeland of Thailand's signature over the top premise. There is some awesome emotional build in this. I felt tears building in a few parts just because of the sincerity backing the emotions of a dying mother,
her husbands absence, a caring cousin and an autistic child. The fight scenes were hit and miss to be honest. The hits just were not brutal nor did the lead actress Jeeja Yanin have a follow through style that ever remained consistent. To someone who is not as critical, this movie will blow your mind if you can get past the build up let alone appreciate it. The first 35 minutes, I LOVED! There was no action in that 35 minutes either! The fight scenes were brutal merely because some of the surroundings being utilized to just seriously wreck her opponents. As the film goes on, the absurdity ensues on a much higher level, becoming more outrageous in a completely dumbfounding spectacle of very entertaining proportions. It really grows on you for it's progression in pacing intends to.
There is one of the most original ideas of fighting I have ever seen in this where Zen is faced against another fighter with a mental disability, that has to be seen to be believed. Awesome movie.

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