LEGEND OF THE TSUNAMI WARRIOR
Reviewed by: Andre Manseau
What's it about
The city of Langkasuka has long been the target of pirates and are now faced with the final confrontation with the combined forces of several pirate groups and it's up to their small army and a man with special powers to fight them off.
Is it good movie?
The movie covers several stories at once. While the movie covers the battle of pirates and ninjas against a kingdom pretty well, it also goes into personal detail of Ungu, a princess being forced into marriage and Pari, a young boy found at sea and raised as a fisherman. However, he is destined to do much bigger things after the death of his village and wife at the hands of pirates. He is eventually taught a form of magic where he is able to communicate with underwater creatures to do his bidding. Think of him as a Thai version of Aquaman, I guess.
The Asian film industry does seem to love making their epic war films. The film is presented with an epic scope and with a running time of two hours, it has more than enough time to get the stories out there and with some nicely placed fight scenes the movie never becomes boring. My initial fear of this film having Wushu-style fighting (think Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon or Curse of the Golden Flower) was put to rest with some entertaining swordplay, hand-to-hand combat and hell, even some people get shot in the head. The movie has a little bit of everything, even people getting crushed by whales.
In fact, most of the martial arts scenes are choreographed impressively and the movie sports some excellent practical effects. As always, there's a love story to be found but as is typical for a film of this kind. It is layered beneath a long, drawn out and convoluted tale. One of my only honest complaints is that when there isn't a lof of action the film tends to slow down, but the pacing is relatively even throughout and it shouldn't completely turn people off.
The main story arcs are fine, though towards the end there a bunch of twists that are thrown at you, one shocking twist after another. Despite the epic feel of the movie, the final battle starts off well enough but the ending was a little flat, but by no means is it awful and make you hate the movie. I don't usually gravitate towards these types of films, so you may have to take my experience with a grain of salt. If you like these types of films you'll probably enjoy it more than I.
Video / Audio
Video: 1080p 16X9 widescreen (1:78:1) - Overall a good looking film, I liked a lot of the underwater scenes and the big fight scenes looked great.
Audio: 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio - Huge cannons are a big focus in the final battle, crank the sound and feel em.
There's a 9-minute Making of feature with the filmmakers and actors talking about making the movie and experiences on set.
There is also a short 2-minute Behind the Scenes feature as you see the filmmakers work with green screens and working in the water. Nothing special.
As I said earlier, this isn't exactly my type of movie, but I enjoyed what was on tap. I doubt it'll be topping any martial arts lists, but this legend was more than watchable.