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The Kick (2011) [South Korea, Thailand] - Jeeja Yanin

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 Post subject: The Kick (2011) [South Korea, Thailand] - Jeeja Yanin
PostPosted: Fri Dec 30, 2011 3:36 am 

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Teaser: http://www.filmsmasharchives.com/musicv ... =525938a18

Trailer 1:



Trailer 2 (International): http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=101 ... =2&theater

Trailer 3: http://www.filmsmasharchives.com/musicv ... =9bfa1a9b4

MV:



Great trailers. Film was only released Dec. 22 according to the Facebook page. DVD/Blu-ray release date unknown. Derek Elley's review gives it 8/10.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2020110/
http://s6.zetaboards.com/FilmSmash/topic/1183469/2/


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 Post subject: Re: The Kick (2011) [South Korea, Thailand] - Jeeja Yanin
PostPosted: Wed May 30, 2012 7:25 am 

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Fansubbed custom DVDRip at Asia Torrents that combines the Thailand and Korean DVD Releases (audio track 3 is the original audio, which has both Korean and Thai; default is Thai dub). No Blu-ray release--maybe waiting to see how the DVD sales are. Upcoming Taiwan DVD will have English subs (for the movie at least; they never list if the extras are subbed): http://www.yesasia.com/us/the-kick-dvd- ... /info.html Maybe they will get fansubbed. Subscribe to Jija Yanin's Youtube channel here: http://www.youtube.com/user/YANINFANCLUB/videos which has a number of subbed videos.


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Edit: Apparently, these fansubs are largely guessed (aka "made up") by someone with a lot better fluency in English than Thai. Might want to wait for the DVD.


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 10, 2012 11:21 am 

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Said Tawian DVD now at AsianDVDClub.


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 10, 2012 5:56 pm 

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Jeeja Yanin only has a small role, unfortunately, and her action sequences don't add up to much. The rest of the stars are fine, and they're good at their scenes, but there wasn't anything I found memorable in the fight choreography.


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 22, 2012 8:52 pm 

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I found the fight choreography to be good but largely wasted because they just stuck in some generic music at low volume and didn't score it to the action, so a lot of it seemed more like a training video than a movie. Except for the scene in the middle where the song started playing on the cell phone; that worked very well and made everything else look crap by comparison. They must have thought it more important to hear all the crunches, grunts and yells at maximum clarity. The editing was also not very tight, with a lot of scenes going on longer than they needed to, presumably to save money.

The problem for me was the story and character development was a joke. If that's all the writers could come up with, they should have just conceded defeat and not even bothered with a story. Clearly they didn't care about saying anything at all with it and only put it in because they were required to. If all I cared about was seeing people kicking the crap out of each other, I'd just watch a UFC fight.

And saying, as is so often said in reviews, that the story is just a thin excuse to transition between the action scenes is being too kind because it implies that it was lacking *enough* story but that whatever story fragments there were were both decent in and of themselves and consistent with the other brief story fragments. The problem is that whatever "thin" story they toss in to fill time unavoidably creates interpretations of characters as real people instead of caricatures that will just behave a certain way for a brief skit or re-enactment, and the movie goes on to show that it does not care or even appreciate that this has happened.

Someone should have said "This is so pathetic that, since we don't have time to write another script, we've decided to just have the actors improvise conversations in between the fights because we believe that has a far, far better chance of being entertaining. And if we don't have enough of that, we'll just start inserting the injuries and gag reels or interviews with the cast during the movie like we're making a documentary until we fill 90 mins." The direction was lacking as well--no real suspense, style, atmosphere, or comedic timing and just some random cruelty thrown in as cheap manipulation. Its like "How easily manipulated do you think I am that you can just cut-and-paste stuff from movies that were good. You don't even seem to understand why those movies were good. If I'd literally cut-and-pasted the scenes from those movies together myself, different actors and storylines and all, it would still have been more entertaining."

The actors were fine, and I hope to see more of KIM Gyeong-suk, but surely after this they will get someone who can actually tell a decent story.

Note: I see the Taiwan DVD is cut down to 1:33:44 from the 1:41:38 of the Thai DVD, so maybe there were some better parts in the original; then again, maybe the original was even worse.


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