Film #127: LEGEND OF THE TSUNAMI WARRIOR
Legend of the Tsunami Warrior
3 out of 5 stars
Pretty much your middle-of-the-road pseudo-historical “battle drama” made interesting due to its being from Baa-Ram-Ewe Studios in Thailand (CHOCOLATE, ONG BAK, TOM YUM GOON aka THE PROTECTOR, BORN TO FIGHT). Made with TONS of CG, it’s interesting to see how the technology has made its way to Thailand and to see how they are utilizing it. The battle sequences are about what you’d expect (big explosions with people flying everywhere) and some of the FX are a little wonky, but… It’s fascinating to see a) the (what I assume is) folklore at work and b) how westernized the Thai’s storytelling has become. Sure, there are some clunky bits of narrative (hey, BRAVEHEART or RED CLIFF this ain’t!), but the cast is solid and the direction moves things along. LEGEND OF THE TSUNAMI WARRIOR (aka QUEENS OF LANGKASUKA aka PUEN YAI JON SALAD) is nothing you’re going to alert your friends about, but it is a fun way to spend an evening (especially if you‘re at all interested in the Thai culture - which I am).