Quentin just keeps dropping hit after hit after hit, and this film is no different, well at least to American audiences who only see these films when his name is on it. I couldn’t believe that it had been so long since Quentin dabbled in this type of film, that of course being "HERO". This one being a little more on the modern side, but it does have one connection to another Tarantino film. That of course is that The Rza scored this film like he did on Tarantino's own "KIL BILL VOL.1". Rza did an excellent job on this film and gave the movie a more modern feel to it, at least on the US cut of the film. Also on the production side Nuttawut Kittikun did an outstanding job as the DP, his cinematography is excellent especially the 4 minute long shot in the film.
The fight sequences as well were breathtaking, star Tony Jaa and Panna Rittikrai choreographed some superb fight scenes. Director Prachya Pinkaew had an excellent vision for this film, and brought a whole new style to the film. The writers as well did an excellent job putting together a great story. With that said I would like to say that Tony Jaa is a breath of fresh air to the average martial arts film. He brings a whole new style to the film with a fighting style that I have never seen on film before. I couldn’t wait to see more from this guy and of course we did get that indeed.
This film has got to be a must have for any film fan out, anybody who likes this type of film in particular must get it. Mr. Tarantino is a film making genius as he keeps putting forth quality films to the public and also uses his influence to help bring great films over here. I love watching some fantastic Muay Thai in action [as well as the other wonderful styles in this film, yes there is more watch and learn] and you get a lot here, the US version is excellent and all will enjoy it but be sure to watch the original cut [titled “Tom Yum Goong” ]as well since you get so much more. This is a magnificent film that I highly recommend.
And yes I did name drop in the title just like the US DVD release because it may draw in more people to see it. This of course is a 2-Disc special edition that features both the Thai and US cuts of the film and comes with a crazy amount of special features. This is also the 9th [I think] release from the Dragon Dynasty series.
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