Warrior King

Film, Action and adventure

Time Out says

Kham (Tony Jaa) is a naïve country boy who lives by a strict regime of selflessness, philanthropy and skull-crushing violence. His best friend (an elephant) is kidnapped by a barbaric horde of Australian restaurateurs who have plans to turn the beast into posh nosh for the clientele of their back-alley offal restaurant (think ‘St John’ with panda meat instead of pig’s trotters). Kham, unsurprisingly, is furious. Prachya Pinkaew’s follow-up to the brutal yet eminently pleasurable ‘Ong Bak’ is a horribly rough around the edges revenge-flick that hankers desperately for international admiration. The real-people-doing-real-things action scenes are choreographed with a zip and flair that makes the CGI and wirework used in Hollywood action films look very plebian indeed, but Jaa, who is ritually out-acted by a baby elephant, unequivocally fails to supply any credibility to this idiotic tale. Worst of all, Thai comedian Petchtai Wongkamlao, who starred as Jaa’s sidekick in ‘Ong Bak’, returns as a (barely) multilingual cop based in Sydney who spends much of his screen time carelessly wading through chunks of cue-card English and supplying much unintentional laughter in the process. Very silly.

By: David Jenkins



Release details

Release date:
Friday July 28 2006
109 mins

Cast and crew

Prachya Pinkaew
Kongdej Jaturarasmee, Napalee, Piyaros Thongdee, Joe Wannapin, Prachya Pinkaew
Tony Jaa
Petchthai Wongkamlao
Bongkoj Khongmalai
Xing Jing
Nathan Jones
Johnny Tri Nguyen
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