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The Kick

3.6 out of 5 stars 65 customer reviews

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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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  • 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.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    PG-13
    Parents Strongly Cautioned
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: April 2, 2013
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00B361IE2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,986 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Jess27 on April 29, 2014
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I really like the action and martial arts in this movie. The storyline and acting are kinda dorky. I checked this out because it has JeeJa Yanin in it and I think she's awesome. She's not the main character though and doesn't have a ton of scenes. But I definitely liked Na Tae-joo who plays the main character. He has awesome moves. And also Kim Kyeong-suk (who plays his sister). She has definite skills. I'd love to see more of their films.
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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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PROS: Excellent martial arts fight choreography and execution, especially by the son and daughter of the family. CONS: Silly story but totally watchable. Yanin was not as dynamic as in Chocolate and in only a few scenes.
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Jija (chocolate, raging phoenix) plays a cousin of the family and her level of fighting feels in this movie feels like she is bolding back to not outshine " the stars". The cover of the movie makes it look like it is on par with Flashpoint but it is not. Great movie for Power ranger and ninja kids strike back fans but had one too many jokes in it. The girls of this movie outshine the guys. The guy dance fighting in MC hammer pants is interesting tho but the same fight routine basically 3 times gets old.
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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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I found this looking for JeeJa movies and was at first disappointed she had such a small role. Don't go in expecting much of her and they do tone her down except for in one sequence where we do get to see a bit of her speed, because it is not about her character at all. She does more sort of down to earth acting here and is pretty good at it The center is the South Korean family and this movie is a partnership vehicle for filmmakers of both Thailand and South Korea. The Martial arts skill of the cast is solid but it lacks the rather painful impact of a Thai film that at times makes me cringe..

It is rather a funny story if you like a dose of corny now and again, which I do. Plot is thin and with subtitles we do not quite get some of the subplot with the characters going on. The various TKD fu's the family is supposed to do are entertaining I found it funny enough to pass the time and enjoyed the humor, others may not. It is a family movie and should be viewed in that vein. The martial arts are uneven sometimes very good other times the choreography is off a bit with some hokey wire work. The central character needs music for his inner fighter to shine. While certainly not award worthy it is funny IMO and the action is acceptable. I liked the film once I realized what I was in for. The mom and her sudden alliance with the bad guys equally quick betrayal of them, in the alligator pit may have been favorite part.
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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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