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Brawl (2012 aka Fighting Fish/Lionsgate DVD)

Picture: B Sound: B Extras: C Film: B+

Mike (Jawed El Berni) is an ex-boxer looking to start over his life in Thailand, but after getting robbed he is taken in by Yo (Jirantanin Pitaporntrakul). Desperate for money, Yo show him the the underground world of illegal fighting. They train and work together to help make ends meet, but when they get fished into the high stakes game the Fighting Fish, it is fight or die in Jukaluck Ismalone's Brawl (2012).

Mike is also on the run from his past, after losing everything he is taken under the wing of Yo, a highly skilled Muay Thai fighter. Yo secretly fights in underground illegal fighting ring to get money for his wife's much needed surgery. He and Mike trains in fighting and together they become the un-stoppable duo, but only in the minors leagues. Mike wants to earn more money faster and behind Yo's back he join the the major leagues, the Fighting Fish, but what he doesn't know is that once you join the Fighting Fish there is no out, anyone who loses ends up with a bullet in the head. This was your typical fighter movie (at least a cycle in Taiwan by now), a lone fighter with some tragic past, having nothing but his fighting skills he is force to use them to earn a living, but when his friends or family are threatened he must fight to save them, it becomes something personal.

The anamorphically enhanced 2.35 X 1 image and lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 sound are as good as they are going to get. Extras include behind the scenes, trailer and digital UV.

- Ricky Chiang


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