The Kick was released in 2011 and is one of the many action movies from director Prachya Pinkaew, most famous for his martial arts movies with Tony Jaa.
The story starts with Moon, who is a Taekwondo master running an old Taekwondo gym in Bangkok, Thailand. All five members of his family are also masters of Taekwondo and the strict discipline the father brings to the family starts to cause tension, especially from the older son Tae Yang.
One day, Moon’s family encounters a group of treasure thieves on the street, and are soon involved in a fight with them. With their impressive martial art skills, Moon’s family is able to defeat the thieves and take back the stolen treasure, much to the acclaim of the general public and media. But Pom, the leader of the gang, is the only one to escape and threatens revenge to the family and to get back the artefact he wants for himself.
While the plot is nothing new, the action is impressive, some of the kicking techniques on show, as you would expect from an art like Taekwondo are stunning. The action choreography by Panna Rittikrai is mostly well done, although you do notice at times some of the stuntmen just waiting to get hit by multiple spinning kicks.
The cast are good in their roles and it was nice to see Jeeja Yanin (Chocolate) get in on some of the action as well. The end credits roll next to an outtake reel and you can see that some stuntmen were injured in the making of the film and painfully at times! A solid if predictable action co-production from Thailand /Korea and worth a watch.
The film has had a DVD release in the UK and USA. Blu ray is only available from Hong Kong at the moment.
7 out of 10