Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actors: Tony Jaa, Panna Rittikrai, Chartchai Rukslip, Thanyaluk Ratcharta, Robert Chirstine
Director: Praphan Peachin
Genres: Action & Adventure
Tony Jaa makes a long awaited return as The Battle Warrior. Tony is the protector of an artifact that mercenaries are seeking to get at any cost. Joining Tony is his mentor Panna Rittikrai and the team that brought us ?On... more »
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James R. (Jimmyjam) from LAS VEGAS, NV
Reviewed on 11/3/2008...
In the synopsis describing the movie,they tout that it is brought to you by the team that gave you "The Protector". WARNING That team was at least 20 years ago when both cinematography AND Tony Jaa were in their infancy in Thailand. They dug up some old footage that Tony Jaa had a part in,but the acting,directing,editing,plot, et al, was so bad I took it back to the store for an even exchange and suggested they put a warning label on the cover. I was so looking forward to adding another Tony Jaa movie to my collection. Huge disappointment.
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Very bad cheesy movie, and Tony Jaa is barely in it
morgoth | omaha, NE | 11/16/2007
(2 out of 5 stars)
"After being majorly disappointed by Spirited Killer, I set my expectations much lower for this movie. Unfortunately, it is even worse than Spirited Killer. The story is not really worth going over. Basically there is some guy who knows where a valuable stone is. An evil General and his men want the stone and are trying to get it. There is also a group of good guys trying to find the guy who knows where the stone is. That is the story.
Tony Jaa plays one of the bad guys and looks pretty good in his 2 fight scenes, but all of the other fights are really bad. Some of the stunts are good, but not on par with most of Panna Rittikrai's other movies. The good guys have a Rambo type person on their side and he kind of drags the movie down because his movements are very slow. But overall the main reason this movie is so bad is because there aren't many fights. I can stand a bad story as long as the fights are good, but this movie doesn't provide that. Even the big finale isn't worth sticking around for. Thre are some decent explosions, but nothing to get excited about.
Rating- 1/5. This movie really makes you appreciate how much effort was put into Panna's 2 Born to Fight movies.
Picture quality is surprisingly good (well, good for Videoasia). There is a HORRIBLE English dub track, but luckily there is also an original language track and subtitles.
The only reason this 2-disc DVD set gets more than a 1 star rating is because of the special features.
4 minute interview with Tony Jaa talking about Tom Yum Goong. No new information here, but while he is talking they show a really cool demonstration he did on some TV show.
6 minute interview with Jaa talking about his inspiration for getting into films and a few other interesting topics.
10 minute interview on some Thai comedy TV show with Prachya Pinkaew, Jaa, Panna, and Petchtai Wongkamlao. Mildly entertaining.
5 minute demonstration and interview that Jaa did in Hong Kong. Good stuff here, but nothing you haven't seen before if you are a Jaa fan.
22 minute interview with the producer of Pechpanna Films and a director/actor for the company. Awesome interview! They talk about some really cool stuff, such as a new Thai movie called The Brave. It isn't subtitled and the dubbing is really cheesy, but that actually makes it more enjoyable (to me at least). And there are some good action scenes mixed into the interview.
3 minute Tony Jaa interview. It seems like they are just trying to pile on the special features with this. Only thing to talk about is a 1 minute demo they show at the end of the interview.
Last but not least is an interview with Christoph Kluppel who is a big German Rambo guy that stars in Battle Warrior. He talks about his film career. I suppose this would be interesting if I was a fan of him.
Old production - new release
P. Rusin | Northern California, United States | 12/14/2007
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I was first introduced to Tony Jaa in the film The Protector, which I enjoyed very much. When I came across Battle Warrior, with the 2007 release date, I was really looking forward to watching the movie but was very disappointed. This movie was produced in 1996, although you'd never know it from the DVD printing. In fact, I had to search the internet for information about this film since I simply could not believe this was actually a Tony Jaa film, it's so bad...
Yes, the movie is campy and old-style dubbed, and it's entertaining to some degree because of it. However, it's actually very boring and poorly filmed. Some of the scenes are so dark you can't see anything that's going on.
Bottom line is, if you can stomach the lousy filming, mediocre fight scenes, and almost no Tony Jaa, you might enjoy this movie. Otherwise, I would say the promotional statements on the DVD documentation are down-right and purposefully deceptive as to the date of this film. It will not stop me from purchasing other Tony Jaa movies (his fighting style is simply amazing) - but I will be more careful in the future about any further releases. The Protector is a keeper. Battle Warrior ended up in the "don't bother viewing again" section of my DVD library."
Joel D. Gomer | St. Cloud, Florida USA | 11/18/2007
(1 out of 5 stars)
"This is strictly a marketing ploy. The movie stinks, is poorly shot and everything about it is sub-standard quality. Don't waste your time. Check out Tony Jaa's other films though."