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Package of Action-packed Thai films,at East Udine Far East film festival
It's interesting to know that a package of action-packed, 'Muay Thai' Thai boxing films are to screen at the East Udine Far East festival ( 24 April- 2 May). Among these are Ong Bak 2,the sequel to the film of the same title that pushed Tony Jaa to world-fame, as Thailand's own Jackie Chaan/Bruce Lee.This is a pure action drama, with dialogues kept to the minimum,and Jaa proves he can do anything, anywhere- on land,air,even elephant-back!
More thought-provoking, is 'Chocolate' which introduces a new female action-star, Yanin Vismistnanda, in an interesting role as an autistic girl who exerts her power through her fists and legs- an impressive debut.
There are also some horror-films in the package, a genre that Thailand has become noted for,including an assorted series of 4 Shorts by 4 talented film-makers called '4 Bia'.
Among these, is noted director Yongyoot Thongkongtoon,whose latest film 'The Best of Times' is probably the only non-action film in the package- a unique love-story that features an old couple discovering love with the internet and a young couple, getting 'connected' by a well-meaning dog. The film stars a mixture of veteran artistes and debut stars.
All in all, a 'strong' presence,for the 'Land of Smiles' at this Asia-centric festival.
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