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The Kick (2011)

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3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: April 2, 2013
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00B361IE2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #120,464 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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After the son of a family of tae kwon do experts foils an attempt to steal a priceless Thai artifact, the family becomes national heroes - and targets of revenge by the criminal gang whose robbery the son stopped. In order to protect the boy's family, they are sent into hiding but are soon discovered. When they're taken hostage, one son will stop at nothing to save his kin, and together they'll take back what belongs to them

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars now I, too, want to dance fight April 14, 2014
Format:Amazon Instant Video
The Kick, a Thai/Korean colab, keeps faith with a staple of director Prachya Pinkaew's: phenomenal action beats framed in a weak narrative. Prachya Pinkaew has built up impressive cachet, having guided the likes of Ong-Bak: Muay Thai Warrior, Tom-Yum-Goong, and Chocolate to international acclaim. The Kick tracks a Korean family of taekwondo practitioners that immigrates to Bangkok, Thailand and sets up a martial arts school.

The movie opens 28 days away from the Olympic tryouts and with the patriarch, Master Moon Sa-beom (Jae-hyeon Jo), psyched about the opportunity for the fam to win a gold medal. Master Moon is one of them stern, autocratic sorts whose word is absolute and final. He's pushing his oldest son, Tae Yang (Tae-joo Na), to master the particularly difficult tornado kick. This doesn't sit well with Tae Yang. He'd rather be a dancer than a martial artist. In fact, Tae Yang has got an audition on the sly, and this ultimately gets in the way of his taekwondo training. Watch the daddy drama attain combustible levels. But the father-son mad-on is only the sub-plot.

The story's main thrust revolves around the family's foiling the theft of an invaluable Thai national relic - the Kris of Kings - by a well-coordinated gang of thieves. For their intervention, the family is celebrated as heroes. But you just know the big bad entrepreneur (Kwan-hun Lee) - who'd masterminded the heist - is seething and plotting a retaliation.

The Kick's flimsy plot still delivers a bag of treats. The bad guy dramatics are often offset by these injections of humor, with the cast occasionally plying their martial arts to comic effect. I belly laughed all the way thru that scene in which the family is on stage to showcase their taekwondo skills - but the floor proves too slippery.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
If you are an avid fan of martial arts action films, you probably have heard the name of Prachya Pinkaew, director of such films as "Ong-Bak: Muay Thai Warrior," "Tom-Yum-Goong," and "Chocolate." He has directed a 2011 Korean-Thai movie "The Kick," starring Cho Jae Hyun and Ji-won Ye as Moon and Yoon, a married couple and taekwondo experts living with their three children in Thailand, where they own a taekwondo gym.

The family gets involved with a group of criminals trying to steal the country's national treasure when they accidentally interfere with their heist. Being afraid of further trouble, Moon sends the kids to the home of his old Thai friend Mum (Petchtai Wongkamlao, "Ong-Bak: Muay Thai Warrior") and Mum's niece Wawa (Jija Yanin Mitananda, "Chocolate").

In "The Kick," Jija Yanin Mitananda (or JeeJa Yanin), star of "Chocolate," appears as a supporting character. She shows what she can do and does it brilliantly in the action scenes, but her screen time is limited. The film's best martial arts fights are provided by Tae-joo Na playing Master Moon's first son Tae Yang, who really wants to be a dancer. The film's subplot about Tae Yang's audition is not very interesting, but his amazing combat scenes are worth your money, with his unique "dance fight" that is both humorous and amazing.

All in all "The Kick" is an entertaining action movie with a few jokes here and there. The story is weak and jokes are corny. Be patient and keep waiting for the action to begin.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Suits My Sense of the Ridiculous May 16, 2014
Format:Amazon Instant Video
So I watched this film after reading a splendid review of Mr. H. Bala. I give this film a four star rating not because it's a particularly outstanding film, but because it's entertaining with a feel-good quality that makes up for it's flaws. The script is nothing to write home about, the editing could be better, and if you want to be really picky the villains are a bore. Still, there's a lot of charm and cool action, so my advice is to appreciate the fact that this film does not take itself seriously, and fall for the genuine family dynamics.

I won't rehash the plot, it's been done in other reviews. What I will rave about is that although the acting certainly isn't award worthy in any respect, all the actors who make up the Hyun family really pulled it off. Not only did they all show tremendous dedication to their fight scenes, making one believe that these people knew without looking how to move together, but the family dynamics were equally flawless. The affection and exasperation present in any close-knit, loving family is present to full effect. That's what sold me on the film.

Of course, it's also funny. The comedy bits underscore that you're supposed to just enjoy and not over-think things. It works.

The after credits were also lovely and my favorite bit was when Ms. Kim landed a particularly vicious kick to the other Ms. Kim, and shouted, "UNNI" (older sister) and raced to hug her and screamed for ice. It's always nice to see acts of respect and kindness.

I highly recommend this one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars very entertaining July 6, 2013
By chas
Format:Amazon Instant Video|Verified Purchase
the jetsons meets oinbonk this movie has English subtitles that I don't like but the action and story line kept me interested I wish that amazon would give language options but still a good movie been a kung fu theater buff since I was a kid back then American action couldn't compare
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