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The Kick (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Taiwan Version) DVD Region 3

Cho Jae Hyun (Actor) | Ye Ji Won (Actor) | Petchtai Wongkamlao (Actor) | Jija Yanin Vismistananda (Actor)
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It's taekwondo like you've never seen it before! The man behind Ong Bak and Chocolate, Thailand's top action movie director Prachya Pinkaew delivers another breakthrough in Asian action cinema with The Kick, the first Thailand-Korea joint production. Cho Jae Hyun (Bad Guy), Ye Ji Won (Hanji), and taekwondo athletes Kim Kyung Suk and Na Tae Joo form a happy-go-lucky Korean family of taekwondo masters living in Thailand. They become heroes when they inadvertently thwart a crime ring from stealing a national treasure, but now the bad guys are after them for revenge! Even more exciting, Chocolate's Jija Yanin, who was originally trained in taekwondo, co-stars in the round-kicking action-fest thriller!
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Product Title: The Kick (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Taiwan Version) 泡菜拳霸 (DVD) (中英文字幕) (台灣版) 泡菜拳霸 (DVD) (中英文字幕) (台湾版) チョコレート・バトラー~THE KICK (DVD) (英語字幕版) (台湾版) 더 킥
Also known as: 拳霸家族 / 踢出一片天 拳霸家族 / 踢出一片天
Artist Name(s): Cho Jae Hyun (Actor) | Ye Ji Won (Actor) | Petchtai Wongkamlao (Actor) | Jija Yanin Vismistananda (Actor) | Bawriboon Chanreuang 曹在顯 (Actor) | 藝智苑 (Actor) | 畢查泰汪漢羅 (Actor) | 琴嘉 (Actor) | Bawriboon Chanreuang 曹在显 (Actor) | 艺智苑 (Actor) | 毕查泰汪汉罗 (Actor) | 琴嘉 (Actor) | Bawriboon Chanreuang チョ・ジェヒョン (Actor) | イェ・ジウォン (Actor) | ペットターイ・ウォンカムラオ (Actor) | ジージャー (ヤーニン・ウィサミタナン) (Actor) | K.キム (Actor) | テジョー (Actor) | ボリブーン・チャヌラン 조 재현 (Actor) | 예지원 (Actor) | Petchtai Wongkamlao (Actor) | Jija Yanin Vismistananda (Actor) | Bawriboon Chanreuang
Director: Prachya Pinkaew 巴猜平橋 巴猜平桥 プラッチャヤー・ピンゲーオ Prachya Pinkaew
Release Date: 2012-06-22
Language: Korean, Thai
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Place of Origin: Thailand, South Korea
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 2.0, Dolby Digital 5.1
Disc Format(s): DVD, DVD-5
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Duration: 94 (mins)
Publisher: De Bao (TW)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1030967559

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導演:巴猜平橋(Prachya Pinkaew)

  正宗【拳霸】系列名導首部跨國動作鉅片
  當跆拳遇上泰拳!韓、泰靚帥高手大對決
  鍋碗瓢盆皆武器!泡菜榴槤齊助攻!嗆辣酸甜,笑到流淚

  因【拳霸】系列而享譽國際的泰國動作名導巴猜平橋,這回集合韓、泰一流的跆拳、泰拳高手,除了再度發揮他不吊鋼絲、不用替身、不加特效的拍片原則,創造令人驚奇讚嘆的高難度武術動作外,更更運用幽默逗趣的手法,讓片中一家人透過日常生活起居,來表現「隨手皆是武術」的境界!

  電影描述一個在曼谷開韓式料理餐館的平凡韓國家族,卻各個都是身懷絕技的跆拳高手!成日不苟言笑的父親文爸(趙在炫)是個跆拳道頂級黑帶高手,平日埋首廚房的媽媽尹娘(藝智苑)曾是世界跆拳大賽金牌,擁有融合跆拳與街舞絕技的大兒子太陽(泰州),天天忙著試鏡想加入少男偶像團體;女兒泰美(KIM),足下功夫好到能運用她的跆拳足球當退敵武器,最小兒子颱風,也有一招無堅不摧的「鐵頭功」必殺技!

  某日,在太陽前往試鏡途中,巧遇一群泰國黑幫正奪取國寶「波刃寶劍」,幸賴太陽不凡的機智與身手,讓歹徒丟下寶物落荒而逃,未料竟因此讓這群黑幫恨之入骨,就在他們想潛入他家報復之際,歹徒又意外發現這家人果真都是武藝高超的奇人,便綁走了小兒子颱風,要脅文爸帶領一家人幫歹徒奪回國寶「波刃寶劍」…。
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Professional Review of "The Kick (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Taiwan Version)"

August 21, 2012

This professional review refers to The Kick (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
Thai director Prachya Pinkaew and choreographer Panna Rittikrai return with more martial arts action in The Kick which sees a family of Korean taekwondo masters taking on criminals in Thailand. The men who gave the world the hugely popular series Ong Bak serves up more of the same, with high-octane action going hand in hand with crazy stunts and top notch athleticism, though this time with more comedy and a family friendly appeal. The cast is made up of a mixture of Korean and Thai stars, including Cho Jae Hyun (Bad Guy), Ye Ji Won (Hanji), real life martial artists Kim Kyung Suk and Na Tae Joo, and Thai comedian Petchthai Wongkamlao. Excitingly, the film also sees Pinkaew working again with the sensational Jija Yanin, who he first introduced back in 2008 in the awesome thriller Chocolate.

The knockabout plot sees the Moon family from Korea running a restaurant in Bangkok, with pushy father Cho Jae Hyun forcing teenage son Yoon (Ye Ji Won) into training for the Olympics, when all the lad wants to do is audition for a dance contest. After Yoon and his sister (Kim Kyung Suk) inadvertently thwart a group of criminals?attempt to steal a Thai national treasure called the Kris of Kings, the family become a target for revenge. Being advised to leave the city, the two kids and their younger brother are shipped off to the countryside to stay with their Thai uncle Mum (Petchthai Wongkamlao) and his niece Wawa (Jija Yanin), where Yoon undergoes more training and learns how to temper his skills.

It's no small feat to try and balance genuinely exciting martial arts action with family friendly comedy and themes, though with The Kick thankfully Prachya Pinkaew and Panna Rittikrai manage to pull off the juggling act with a real sense of fun and energy. Fans certainly shouldn't be put off by the film's broader focus, as though it does lack any Ong Bak style violence and bone breaking, it's crammed full of fight scenes, acrobatics and wild stunt work. Pinkaew and Rittikrai prove yet again to be an excellent partnership, and the film moves along at a fast pace, barely pausing for breath between its many highly creative set pieces, with some awesome choreography and jaw-dropping moments along the way, including standout scenes featuring elephants and a mass battle involving painful looking ceiling fans. The martial arts in the film are a mixture of both taekwondo and Muay Thai, and this combination helps to give it a different and dynamic feel.

As usual for this kind of film the plot takes a definite back seat to the action, though the script does well in enough in terms of its modest ambitions, working in its message of family without ever getting too heavy handed. A few subplots aside, the film is straightforward in a focused manner, and though predictable to a fault is inoffensive and engaging enough during its few brief moments when people aren't hitting each other or jumping off waterfalls and moving vehicles. It also helps that the cast are all pretty likeable, with Ye Ji Won doing well in what emerges as the lead, developing beyond what initially appears to be an annoying rebellious cool teen type role. It's always great to see Jija Yanin on screen, and as well as getting plenty of chances to show off her amazing skills, the film even allows her a few quieter scenes, suggesting that the martial arts star is developing quite nicely as an actress.

The Kick is a fun, fast paced and action packed film, and one which should definitely be enjoyed by any fans of the recent wave of Thai martial arts cinema, or genre aficionados in general. Prachya Pinkaew, Panna Rittikrai and the whole cast are all on great form, and the result is a film which though suitable for all ages never pulls its punches or falters in its desire to thrill and entertain.

by James Mudge - BeyondHollywood.com

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