Bought this lesser known film, probably along with other people, after watching the high octane and relentlessly-paced 'The Raid' by the same writer/director. After the grittiness and originality of the fighting and storyline/location of The Raid, which I give 5 stars to, this film does not come anywhere near as close to that film on many levels, in particular the pace, the nature of the action and the storyline, which is highly unoriginal. The lesson learned here is don't seek similar entertainment from the films that pre-date the one you like just because they're by the same director. The director has obviously learned from this film and moved on accordingly, can't wait to see what he can produce next (The Raid will be a tough act to follow!). This film is an average martial arts film at best and if you do want to watch a film where the naive village hero beats up all the city mobsters and saves the girl, then 'Ong Bak' is the film to see instead because the characters and plot are more humerous and interesting, and the fight sequences are far more dynamic.