Thai Police Story (1987)
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Considered Panna Rittikrai's masterpiece, 1986's Born to Fight is an interesting look at the origins of the current Thai action movie craze. Directed and starring Panna, 'Born to Fight' boasts several impressive fight scenes and stunt pieces. Unfortunately, it suffers from many of the problems that plagued 'Hard Gun': long spells of inactivity and frankly retarded comedy. I can't say it was that bad overall, though. Panna definitely has a good eye for choreography and death-defying stunts (a skill which, I personally believe, he's gotten better at as the years have gone by). He comes off as a guy who was really influenced by the high impact stunts of Jackie Chan's 80s work like 'Police Story' (which came out the same year) and 'Project A.' You can definitely feel the Jackie influence in this one. His fights aren't as graceful as his proteges, Dan Chupong and Tony Jaa. Watching this and other films from Rittikrai, it's not hard to conclude that none of these guys are as graceful or naturally gifted physically as Jaa is, and Rittikrai owes just as much of his success to Tony as vice versa. While a heavily flawed movie, 'Born to Fight' is essential viewing for those who want to understand the origins of Thai action cinema. You will also want to check out the remake which came out a few years ago. Again directed by Panna and starring Dan Chupong, it bears little resemblance to this, and I personally prefer it; it would be interesting to watch these two back to back, though.
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