Friday, December 18, 2009

Meyraiyuth Christmas

The film opens with several women being abducted and Jija’s character, Deu, being left by her mother, abandoned by her band, and longing to join her dead father. Deu, depressed and drunk, is rescued by Kazu Patrick Tang’s character, Sanim, during a botched attempt to kidnap Deu. Sanim fights off the gang would-be kidnappers in an acrobatic sequence filled with attackers on pogo-shoes.

Waking up in an abandoned factory Deu, encounters Sanim and his gang of merry do-gooders who practice a form of drunken Thai break-dancing martial arts that they dub Meyraiyuth. Sanim and his friends, having had loved ones abducted, have joined together to break the gang of kidnappers.

The latest from the oeuvre of auteur Prachya Pinkaew is, as ever, a chilling indictment of something or other and a plea for rigorous intellectual .... you know, that other thing.

Exhibt A: attackers on pogo-shoes.
Exhibit B: drunken break-dancing martial arts.

Where do I sign up for Raging Phoenix?

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