Saturday, January 31, 2009
I just finished the draft of the script I've been working on for the last several days, so the blog might actually get some real content in the near future, as I might break a bit before jumping into the next one.
In the meantime, either a reader or a junk-mailer (not sure which) has sent me a link to this trailer for Chocolate, an upcoming martial arts movie. It's coming out in time for Valentine's Day and looks to me like a good date movie if you're lucky enough to have a date who's into that sort of thing.
The director, Prachya Pinkaew, introduced the world to Tony Jaa with the film Ong Bak. The gimmick of that film, as with this one, is that all the martial arts stunts are done with no wires. Ong Bak suffers from a few things (besides the lousy script, which doesn't matter): First, Tony Jaa has the athletic ability of a superman but the charisma of a fencepost, and second, the movie has some weak directing and seriously poor editing choices; in particular, the director appears to be so impressed with Tony Jaa's Olympic-class gymnastic stunts that we have to watch most of them five or six times from multiple angles until they get boring.
So I hope Prachya Pinkaew has learned something since then and does a better job introducing us to JeeJa Yanin. This trailer suggests he has and does. Looks like it was brutal on the actors, though.
Mind you, this movie has existed for some time, but is just now getting to the States. Absolutely no idea how wide the release is for this, but if I can catch it, you can be sure I will. You can already read the reviews.