Great news! One of our associates just sent us this press release, which we liked so much we're just going to print it in its entirety. We're also off to screening of this flick tonight, so expect a jam packed review real soon.
Opening at cinemas nationwide on 28th July, Warrior King is there turn to the big screen of Ong-Bak's Tony Jaa. The action is even more jaw-dropping than his first movie and Warrior King also boasts a return to the kind of mega stunt that used to kick off every Bond movie in such rousing fashion in the days before computer effects stopped us all saying "Did you see that?" in the pub afterwards. The day of the Hollywood stuntman may be almost over but the Thais are stepping in again to give us a much-needed dose of reality.
So the mantra is 'real people doing real things' without wires, camera trickery, computers, stunt doubles, etc. And it's true, one amazing Tony Jaa sequence really is a 4 minute single take! Don't expect a plot-driven, cliche-free masterpiece though - just come and marvel at the athletic, adrenalin-pumping genius of Tony Jaa and the audacity of Thai film-makers!
Warrior King is the story of a young man named Kham (Tony Jaa) whose life is turned upside down when an international mafia syndicate, based in Australia , captures his two beloved elephants and smuggles them thousands of kilometers away to Sydney . The two elephants are far more than mere animals to Kham and his father. They are part of his family and were being prepared to be presented as a token of devotion to his Majesty the King of Thailand. The only way Kham can possibly save the animals is by venturing into a foreign land for the first time.
Taking on a mafia group to rescue two elephants from a foreign country presents a huge challenge, even for a martial arts master like Kham. Despite the help of Sergeant Mark (Petchthai Wongkamlao), a Thai police Sergeant based in Australia , and Pla (Bongkuch Kongmalai), a Thai girl forced into modern day slavery, the going gets tough. They must take on the ruthless gang of Madame Rose (Jing Xing), whose henchmen include Johnny (Johnny Nguyen), a Vietnamese thief and martial arts expert, and the hulking TK (Nathan Jones).
Kham has no choice but to risk his own life for the animals he loves…
4th Oct 04 With its fine blend of dark humour and shock horror, you will barely be able to avert your gaze from the screen; from the opening sequence on the desolate moors, to the thrilling finale in Piccadilly Circus.
27th Jul 04 Bruce Campbell is perfect as The King. His look, the accent – its all there. You can tell he’s loving it. He’s got some of the best lines I’ve ever heard in a movie. A vital part of this film experience...