Dynamite Warrior (2006)

Actors: Panna Rittikrai, Dan Chupong, Leo Putt
Director: Chalerm Wongpim
Color, Dubbed, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
Thai, English
Aspect Ratio:
Number of discs: 1
Run Time:
99 minutes



Even though it is at times downright weird and eccentric, Dynamite Warrior isn't all that original or new, especially if you've seen movies such as Kung Fu Hustle and Ong-Bak.

It is Thailand, 1920, but you wouldn't have guessed it as it looks more like a Sergio Leone Western, but with kickboxing Asians instead of Clint Eastwood and Lee van Cleef.

Thailand is modernizing, but progress is slow. Ask Lord Wang (Leo Putt, in a wildly over-the-top performance) who is trying to sell imported tractors to local peasants. The tractors are expensive and a small farmer would rather buy ten cattle with the money he would have spent on one of Wang's tractors. Thus Wang decides on a novel solution: simply eliminate the competition by stealing all the cattle and selling them to be slaughtered.

Into this scenario steps Jone Bang Fai (Dan Chupong), our titular hero, the Dynamite Warrior (although he is never called that in the movie itself).

Jones bent on revenge after he witnessed his parents being killed as a child by a cruel cattle rustler. Since then he has stolen cattle from both legit cattle traders as well as rustlers and giving them to the peasants which makes him a sort of Robin Hood. Or a Mao Zedong if you prefer.

Despite his ?Dynamite Warrior? nomenclature, Jone actually doesn't use sticks of dynamite on his opponents, but rather uses primitive rockets. Lots of them. That is when he isn't kicking the crap out of them with moves he no doubt learnt from having watched Ong-Bak (also a Thai martial arts movie like this one) several times.

Jone has however learned that the killer of his parents is a powerful warlock who can only harmed by weapons treated with the menstrual blood of a young virgin . . .

Dynamite Warrior is filled with wild over-the-top action scenes and the same goes for the attempts at humor. (Some gore is jarring though.) However, if you've seen flicks such as Kung Fu Hustle and even Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon then much of Dynamite Warrior wouldn't seem all that fresh or original.

Still, if the idea of movie in which a powerful warlock has to be killed by weapons treated with the menstrual blood of a virgin appeals to you, then Dynamite Warrior is definitely for you. It is a real-life anime cartoon come to life and there are definitely worse ways to waste one-and-a-half hours of your life than Dynamite Warrior . . .



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