- SKU: 29402759
- Release Date: 09/29/2015
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Magic and fierce rivalries set the stage in this epic-scale fantasy set in 17th Century Thailand. The Black Raven (Winai Kraibutr) is a fearsome pirate who has joined forces with a rogue prince to overthrow the rule of Queen Hijau of Pattani (Jarunee Suksawas). Needing weapons, The Black Raven and his crew set out to steal a cache of powerful cannons from Janis Bree (Andre Macchieisen), a Dutch master of firearms, and Lim Kium (Jakkrit Phanichphatikram), his Chinese right-hand man. The Raven's plan, however, goes awry, and the cannons sink to the bottom of the sea as a child named Pari is born in a village not far away. As the youngster grows to manhood, it becomes evident that Pari (Ananda Everingham) has a gift for magic, and his uncle Anjar (Preecha Katkham) arranges for him to learn the art at the hands of the gifted White Ray (Sorapong Chatree). As Pari hones his powers, he learns that his father died battling The Black Raven on the day he was born, and White Ray tells him it is his duty to bring justice against the pirate once he masters his magic. As Pari makes plans to put The Black Raven in his place, the pirate is making new plans to rescue the cannons he lost years ago, and Queen Hijau, sensing that revolt is afoot once again, approaches Lim Kium and asks if he can recreate Janis Bree's fabled weapons. Puenyai chom salat (aka Queens of Langkasuka) also stars Anna Ris and Jacqueline Apithananon as the Queen's daughters. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
Thai comedian Petchthai Wongkamlao and fight choreographer Panna Rittikrai, the duo behind the hit action comedy The Bodyguard, re-team for this sequel that finds the stone faced protector forced to look care for a rich client's young son after the boy's father is killed during a brutal skirmish between cater waiters and bodyguards. In the wake of a botched kidnapping attempt, the child retreats to a cramped shanty in the town dump. There, he lives with a group of transsexual paramedics and foul-mouthed prostitutes and befriends a poor your schoolgirl. Upon visiting the young girl's severely under-funded school, the boy vows to use the fortune left to him by his father for a noble cause. But the danger isn't over yet, because as the gangsters who killed his father fast begin to close in on the unsuspecting boy, the Bodyguard must race to find him before the bad guys do. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
Legendary Hong Kong action specialist John Woo and international superstar Tony Leung reunite for their first feature film together since 1992's Hard-Boiled with this historical drama set during the decisive 208 A.D. battle that heralded the end of the Han Dynasty. Adapted in part from the beloved Chinese tome Romance of the Three Kingdoms, Red Cliff opens in the year 208 A.D., just as prime minister-turned-general Cao Cao (Zhang Fengyi) seeks permission from Han Dynasty emperor Xian (Wang Ning) to organize a southward-bound mission designed to silence troublesome warlords Liu Bei (You Yong) and Sun Quan (Chang Chen). As the expedition gets under way, Cao Cao's troops rain destruction on Liu Bei's army, forcing the latter to retreat and convincing Liu Bei's military strategist Zhuge Liang (Takeshi Kaneshiro) that their only hope for victory is to form an alliance with Sun Quan. Increasingly aware of the monumental struggle ahead, both sides begin preparing for the battle that will ultimately shape the future of an entire nation. Originally envisioned as a single epic, Red Cliff was eventually split into two parts due to an excessive running time that approached five hours. Red Cliff, Part I and Red Cliff, Part II were edited together for theatrical release in the United States as a stand-alone film running nearly two and a half hours. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
Love, politics, and loyalty threaten to tear apart three soldiers in this lavish historical epic from Hong Kong. In 1870, the power of the corrupt Qing Dynasty has been threatened by the rise of a revolutionary army, led by religious fanatics, and civil war is tearing the nation apart. Pang Qingyun (Jet Li), a good man who finds himself fighting for the Qing leadership, is one of the only survivors of a bloody battle in between revolutionaries and Qing troops, and is looking for someplace to go when he's offered shelter by a beautiful peasant woman, Lian (Xu Jinglei). Pang and Lian spend the night in each others arms, and he finds himself falling in love with her. Pang sets out to make his way home when he's befriended by Zhao Erhu (Andy Lau) and Jiang Wuyang (Takeshi Kaneshiro), a pair of bandits. When Jiang is attacked in an ambush, Pang helps save his life, and the three men become blood brothers in a gory ritual. Pang convinces Jiang and Zhao to join him in the fight against the revolutionaries, and with their help Pang is able to achieve some impressive victories. However, when Pang allows his own ego and dreams of glory to override his common sense and loyalty, Zhao and Jiang come to distrust their ally, and matters become worse when it is revealed that Lian is Zhao's wife. Tou Ming Zhuang (aka The Warlords) was a major box-office success in China and Eastern Asia before making its way to theaters in Europe and the United States. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
After seeing his parents viciously murdered by a mysterious, tattoo-covered killer, a grieving young man named Zieng (Born to Fight's Dan Chupong) vows to avenge their tragic deaths in this action-packed martial arts extravaganza produced by Ong-Bak's Prachya Pinkaew and featuring stunts by Panna Rittikrai. When Zieng learns that the murderous maniac who slew his parents also runs with a nefarious group of cattle rustlers, the righteous martial artist's mission of vengeance takes on the larger task of stopping the group's illegal activities and ensuring that each head of cattle is delivered back to its rightful owner. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
Chocolate star Jija Yanin uses a revolutionary new form of martial arts to take down a human trafficking ring so formidable that Thailand authorities are powerless to stop it. Girls are vanishing all over Thailand, the unfortunate victims of a gang that kidnaps rich girls for ransom and organ harvesting. Enter Neu (Yanin), a wandering musician who was abandoned by her parents as a young girl, and left to fend for herself on the streets. Upon encountering a mysterious group of young fighters, Neu learns how to combine Muay Thai, drunken boxing, and hip-hop dance techniques in a way that gives her the upper-hand over almost any opponent. Now, the same organization that once terrorized her entire nation is about to crumble, one broken, bleeding henchman at a time. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
A Thai Special Ops agent thwarts death during a dangerous mission, only to resurface two years later to battle a bloodthirsty terrorist in Bangkok. Two years ago, Gunja teamed with American CIA Agent Claire to track an Al-Qaeda member on a mission code named Vanquisher. Little did Gunja realize that Claire was instructed to leave no witnesses once their mission was accomplished. Narrowly escaping an assassination attempt by Claire, Gunja quietly goes back to Bangkok, where she is quickly promoted to lieutenant. Flash forward two years, and a dangerous extremist is planning a devastating bomb attack on Bangkok. Gunja is the only hope for heading off the attack and saving thousands of innocent lives. When Gunja crosses paths with Claire once again, she realizes that this particular mission could very well be her last. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
A kickboxing hero with a difference arises in this action saga from Thailand. Japanese mobster Masashi (Hiroshi Abe) and his Thai partner and girlfriend, Zin (Ammara Siripong), narrowly escape death at the hands of underworld boss Number 8 (Pongpat Wachirabunjong) and his bodyguard Priscilla (Sirimongkol Iamthuam), but the scuffle has unexpected consequences -- Masashi's superiors order him to return to Japan, and Zin finds she's pregnant with his child. Zin raises their daughter, Zen (Yanin Vismitananda), on her own and discovers she's autistic; one of the few things that helps bring Zen out of her inner world is chocolate, and in time the girl develops a remarkable skill in the martial arts. When Zin is diagnosed with cancer, the family cannot afford the chemotherapy that could save her life until her friend Moom (Taphon Phopwandee) comes up with a plan -- plenty of people still owe Zin money from her days as an outlaw, and with Zen as a candy-fueled enforcer, he might be able to get them to pay up and raise the funds for Zin's medical bills. Chokgohlaet (aka Chocolate) was directed by Prachya Pinkaew, who previously made several pictures starring Thai martial arts master Tony Jaa. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi