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Born To Fight (1986 version/BCI Eclipse)


Picture: C-     Sound: C     Extras: C+     Film: C+



We had just reviewed a film by Panna Rittikrai called Born To Fight (aka Kerd ma lui) from 2004 so when I got another by the same director/choreographer, the first thought was “competing versions?”  This has happened before, but it turns out Rittikrai used the title for a lesser-known 1986 film that is a bit better and broke him into the business.  He was also the star.


Son-in-law of powerful family has been stealing their money in Hong Kong, so Green Dragon triad-like gang is sent to kill him, making him flee to Thailand.  Enter Uncle Jam (Rittikrai) who is called upon to protect his thieving nephew.  The gang will wish they waiting until China took the city back!


The fighting is interesting, but the only reason to watch.  The storyline, what little there is of it, is just an excuse to lead to the next conflict.  Fortunately, this was a key film that helped Thailand have a Martial Arts Cycle and inspired the now up-and-coming Tony Jaa to go into action.  It is a curio at best that fans will want to see.


The 1.33 X 1 image is dirty, soft, choppy, scratched, fading, color poor and has all kinds of other flaws.  This might have been 1.85 X 1 or 1.66 X 1, but it is hard to tell with this tunnel vision print.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono is equally limited in its Thai and English versions, with dated fidelity, background hiss and other noise.  Extras include an Ong Bak spoof, a Thai commercial for that spoof, Fearless Maniacs (35 minutes) featurette on the stuntmen/fighters and two interviews: one is with a young Tony Jaa and Rittikrai, the other with producer Chokchai Melewan.  That should be enough for curious fans, even if this is not the best copy of the film.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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