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Dynamite Warrior (2006)

Dynamite Warrior (2006)

The story is set in 1890's Siam. Siang (Dan Chupong) is a young Muay Thai warrior and rocketry expert who steals back water buffalo taken from poor Isan farmers by unscrupulous cattle raiders. He is searching for a man with a tattoo who killed his parents.

Its almost like a Thai Western! Leo Putt (the guy from Born To Fight) plays the main character, and Panna Rittikrai played the Black Wizard - that's the guy who put Tony Jaa on the map, and Thailand cinema on screens around the world too, with such great works as that aforementioned classic. He's arranged plenty of other great fight movies, and this was his last one. It really is one you watch for the fights. Mostly.

Though the fights are great overall, some things are a bit over the top. Though you don't see the wires it's easy to see that there are wires by the way they move, and the explosive effects aren't always perfect, but in the end it was better than I'd expected. Out of the Thai movies I've seen so far that take place in old times this might be a favorite. Ong-Bak 2 and 3 just didn't do it for me, despite awesome stunt work, but this one felt conclusive in a good way. Exaggerated but exquisite. Effectual.

There's a little romance, a little comedy, and tons of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon style action - with fireworks! Bollywood-style. It's a cool movie, just don't expect it to all be real.

 rated 3/5: not bad

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