Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Born to Fight|
Actors: Nappon Gomarachun, Santisuk Promsiri, Dan Chupong, Piyapong Piew-on, Somrak Khamsing
Director: Panna Rittikrai
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Drama, Sports
(Action) Daew is a cop who has nailed the evil gunrunner General Yang, but his partner is killed in this case and Daew becomes depressed. To cheer him up, his sister invites him to join her and some friends at a small vill... more »
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Dragon Dynasty's release of Born to Fight (2004)
morgoth | omaha, NE | 06/08/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Dan Chupong stars as a cop who goes with his sister to a charity event that is supported by Thai Olympic athletes. His sister is a Taekwondo champion and many other real life Olympic champions are at the charity as well. When an evil army takes over the town where the charity is being held, the athletes must help the village fight the terrorists.
The action is mostly stunts. All real stunts, though they do slip in a bit of C.G.I. There is the occasional fight, but it is all about the stunts in this movie. There are scenes where guys go flying through the air doing multiple flips and end with crashing into a burning frame of a building! Words can't really describe how amazing the stunts are, it is just something you have to see for yourself. And don't think that there are just 1 or 2 action stars in the movie. ALL of the actors can do their own stunts. The people who fight in the movie range anywhere from age 8 to 80. There is even a one-legged guy who gets to show off his skills! You also have the scene where they fight with real firelogs. Not a firelog hitting someone in the head once and then a cut, but long, extended takes of actors hitting eachother over and over again with real thick firelogs and embers flying in everyone's eyes. It would take a review literally 20 times longer than this to go over all the incredible things that happen in this movie. It is your average direct to TV action movie, but with some of the greatest stunts ever filmed. If you are a fan of the ultra low budget films that Panna made in the 80's and 90's, you will be happy to see what he can do with an almost limitless budget.
Picture quality and sound are perfect. English dub included if you don't like subtitles.
The only special features are a commentary from Bey Logan, a 5 minute look behind the scenes, and a great 65 minute documentary on the making of the film. Nothing like Dragon Dynasty's release of The Protector (Two-Disc Collector's Edition), but still very informative.
I will end this review with some of Prachya Pinkaew's thoughts on Hollywood action cinema compared to Thai.
"I think if we're going to use lots of techniques like Hollywood, or use lots of money or lots of C.G., we won't be able compete with them. The only way we could compete with them is in terms of our body, our skills, and our heart. We put these 3 things together. I used to tell our crews that we lose the battle before we even start. The only thing we could use to compete with them are our lives, meaning you have to trade your life for the movie. It might sound a bit too much, but it means you have to sell your skills, your confidence. You have to risk your life. What you get in return is a certain uniqueness, which looks most dangerous. We'll remain unique for a very long time.""
A hidden gem! I loved it, great to add next to Ong-Bak on yo
Amiable-Akuma | Florida, USA | 06/25/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Anybody who enjoys both old 70's kung fu films and modern action masterpieces like Ong Bak and Tom Yum Goong - will think this title is a terrific addition to their collection. The fight sequences were filmed with nearly all full contact for brutal realism and they are excellent, especially for their time, - and seeing Tony Jaa's mentor Panna Rittikrai as a lead will make you a big fan of him as well.
As long as you set your expectations to what you will be getting (a low-budget Thai B-movie from 1986 after all!), you will be amazed. The fights are choreographed and play out like a combination of the modern style used in Ong Bak and that used in older Wu-Tang Clan style kung fu movies. But you won't be disappointed - I was personally surprised to see a ton of great slow motion, double takes, and editing in the fights to allow the viewer to really see the punishing impacts.
One thing that surprised me about this film is that THE DUB IS EXCELLENT!!! I am normally somebody who HATES watching live-action dubbed but I was shocked to see just how perfect the voices used were and how spot-on the "acting"/matching/and writing of the dub were. In part a lot of it's value comes from the dub having great "camp" flavor but it mostly stays true to the script and, IMO, improves the movie a great deal for English-speaking fans who just want to kick back and enjoy the experience.
The story is pretty basic but it generally works to stage the action, keep you interested, and add a little comedy here and there. You could nitpick some of its faults (at times things can get a little slow or dry) but who cares - you came to see some great fight/stunt sequences. And you do get quite a few cool ones!
Generally there is an entertaining fight on screen every ten minutes of it's runtime. In several different scenes, Panna is outnumbered by a gang of guys attacking him one after another and he dispatches them with great, brutal Muy Thai mixed martial arts. Two standout scenes are a motorcyle chase sequence that features at least two "oh my god, rewind that NOW!" kinds of moments and the finale where Panna goes up against a gang of ninjas. Taking the ninjas on in a forest clearing, - fighting hand-to-hand, with weapons, and on a wooden platform - the stuntmen are really tested as several brutal moves are executed in a scene that plays out like an early version of the very last scene in Ong Bak.
This DVD is likely as good a treatment as this movie will get too. Comparing the video of the feature versus some of its footage shown during the extras, it is obvious that they used the cleanest print of the film that they could find. It is presented in the 4:3 aspect ratio, which is either likely the way in which it was originally filmed or the only way we are likely to see it since so many of these early Thai films seem to have been preserved only in 4:3 with much of the original film stock expired (see the "Ong Bak 2" entry on Wikipedia). The extras are nice too and are all thankfully subtitled in English.
A detailed interview with Tony Jaa on a Thai talk show provides a lot of insight into Tony Jaa's early beginnings and into his relationship with Panna, the star of this film. Clips of Tony Jaa demonstrating his moves and cool scenes from some other early Thai B-movies he starred in are also shown. It's a great addition and the best extra on the disc. The 30+ minute documentary that follows a stuntman going through the process of being hired by Jaa's production company is also interesting and insightful but probably not something you will want to see more than once. There are two "Ong Bak spoofs" as well but these are mostly throw-away extras that will likely just leave you confused and disinterested.
Overall this is a fun, engaging title that I hope has some success on DVD so we can see more hidden gems like it released on our shores."
Please note their are two versions of this film available
M. Herzog | chicago | 05/30/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Please note, that there are two versions of this film available. There is the 1986 born to fight, and the 2004 remake (by ironically the same director). The 1986 version contains a special feature Tony Jaa talking about why he liked the movie and how it influenced him, as well as a spoof of ong bak, with the 1986 film. The 2004 is a more lean and mean movie, released by Dragon Dynasty, with different special features. Make sure you know what you're getting before you pruchase it.
With the 2004 version, I will review. I thought the action sequences were amazing. I'm always shocked the lengths someone will go for a stunt. This, like Ong Bak, is showing a growing trend among loosing the unreality and CG in favor of more real action. The trouble is the plot is rather bland, and goes no where. However, if you liked the protector, and could get past the "where's my elephant?" storyline, then this shouldn't phase you too much. Also, Tony Jaa is sorley missing from this movie. He is great at action, but has a bit of charisma and acting talent, which is also lacking from this movie. But I digress. It is entertaining and I recomend it."
The special features boost this up from a 3 to a 4 star rati
morgoth | omaha, NE | 06/08/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"BORN TO FIGHT (1986)
Panna Rittikrai stars as a cop hired to find a lawyer who is in trouble. The story is not worth going over. The only reason to watch this movie is for the amazing stunts and full contact fights. Maybe Panna was just mad at these guys in real life, but he seriously beats them down hard in the movie. And look out for one of the craziest motorcycle stunts you will ever see.
Movie is full screen but picture quality is decent. It is better quality than the Thai VCD.
Special features on this disc include a 15 minute interview with Tony Jaa and Panna. It is basically Jaa's life story. One heck of a special feature.
My favorite feature is the 35 minute documentary on what it takes to be one of Panna's stuntmen.
The 4 minute interview with a producer of many Panna films could have been longer, but is still informative.
The last 2 special features are an Ong-Bak spoof commercial and an odd 13 minute Saturday Night Live type Ong-Bak skit.
If you get this movie at a certain store with the initials BB, it comes with a bonus movie, Thai Police Story. I don't know the Thai name, but it is the one where Panna is fighting 4 guys on a moving truck and one guy gets thrown into a Pepsi billboard. Only 57 minutes long, but I actually liked this movie a little bit more then Born to Fight 86. So obviously the exclusive 2-disc set is a MUST have for Panna fans."