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4.0 out of 5 stars A Thai Violence Fest.
This is an epic film, in terms of scope and drama. It is set during the 12th Century, when the Han Empire was at its' height. They ruled from India to Thailand. This tells the story of how a lowly farmhand (with a penchant for making swords rather than plough shares) rises up to take on a vicious enemy. His aim is to free his people from the ruthless Han and unite the...
Published on 15 April 2011 by Tommy Dooley

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3.0 out of 5 stars Edge of the Edit
First shown in cinema's 2010.

Thai language - English subtitles

Given the price this is worth considering..

..However as the movie goes on it appears to get more and more heavily edited making it very disjointed,characters suddenly dissapear - events talked about vanish..actions taken apparently without motive..it is not a short movie,but...
Published on 14 Aug 2011 by Far Away


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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Thai Violence Fest., 15 April 2011
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Tommy Dooley (London, England) - See all my reviews
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This is an epic film, in terms of scope and drama. It is set during the 12th Century, when the Han Empire was at its' height. They ruled from India to Thailand. This tells the story of how a lowly farmhand (with a penchant for making swords rather than plough shares) rises up to take on a vicious enemy. His aim is to free his people from the ruthless Han and unite the Thai tribes, and his sister wants to help even though she is in love with a Han soldier. It stars Than Thanakorn and Sara Legge, who are both well know in their native Thailand and yes this is in Thai with very good subtitles.

The plot is your basic `western' style with good and evil writ large. There is only a hint at ambiguity with regards a couple of characters. Other wise thay are all melodrama baddies or goodies.

That said there are some impressive battle scenes and some wire work (which I personally don't feel adds to the action, but a lot of people do `Crouching Tiger etc..). They have not spared the cash but have used some very first generation CGI, which is at its worse when it is used to make butterflies,which are the symbol of the Thai people and in the real world are very hard to train, so I have some sympathy.

Some of the background is done in the `Sin City' style, of montage and the graphic novel style blood spurts and I actually think they could have made more of that. But essentially this is a fight fest and if that floats your boat you will not be disappointed. Some of the action camera work is to be applauded and some of the scenery is just beautiful.

I was reminded of 'Braveheart'. At the beginning, this is probably not a bad thing, and there are many parallels with the story of William Wallace. It does have a very pro Thai propaganda feel and there is even a `warning' message at the end about not spreading `harmony', but I did quite enjoy this. It has a run time of 109 minutes and it does not drag, so for some unchallenging, violent diversion, this could be just what the doctor ordered.

Edit: just a note that if you like this then 'Bang Rjan 2' or 'Blood of Warriors' is probably right up your street Blood of Warriors [DVD]
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Edge of the Edit, 14 Aug 2011
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Far Away (Phu Wiang.Thailand) - See all my reviews
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First shown in cinema's 2010.

Thai language - English subtitles

Given the price this is worth considering..

..However as the movie goes on it appears to get more and more heavily edited making it very disjointed,characters suddenly dissapear - events talked about vanish..actions taken apparently without motive..it is not a short movie,but it feels like the director/editor/producers suddenly realised halfway through that the story was going to need 3 hours to tell it properly (or do the book it is based upon justice) then just hacked out chunks of the second half to get it down to 120 mins..

Some of the action graphics reminded me not so much of "300" but the sort thing you get when watching an ancient battle on the History channel..

The basis of the story is the causes for the migration of the T'ai/Thai people from their homeland in Yunan,Southern China to what is now modern day Thailand.It starts off well with good paced story telling,almost up to the first battle,it then rapidly dissolves it being a frentic mess thanks to the editing.

It's shame because there is a good multi strand storyline in there,some good action scenes and decent acting apart from well over the top forced (evil) laughing and not without a few shocks along the way....

The "message" at the end about "this is what happens if you fight amongst each other" is aimed at the goings on in modern day Thailand.

This is by no means a "must see" but given the price OK to pop into the DVD when there is nothing much on the TV ,which these days is pretty much most of the time !!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Thai morality tale, masquerading as action-adventure, 13 Jun 2014
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Rowena Hoseason "Hooligween" (Kernow, Great Britain) - See all my reviews
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This Thai-language historical drama attempts to wrap many threads into one coherent narrative, and doesn’t quite succeed. It's a long way from '300' (which it's compared to in the blurb)... but still had its enjoyable moments.

Edge of the Empire draws on a semi-mythical mediaeval forced migration of the Thai people, persecuted by the expansion of the Han Chinese empire, to hammer home a message of unity and national identity which only makes sense when you consider the Thai political situation in recent years.
In this historical context, when the six Thai tribes were united against a common enemy they were able to defeat a massively overwhelming military force -- but things go badly when individual leaders are corrupted or poisoned by outside influences.
So there’s a big sweeping background story, complete with sadistic beard-twirling Han general who literally boil Thai babies alive, and fairly unconvincing CGI armies which conveniently fight at night to make sure their pixels ain’t showing too badly. The story follows a young warrior and his sister as they become involved in the Thai resistance to the Han rule, and in typical Thai film fashion it veers between playful simplistic love scenes to full-on blood-spurting violence in an eyeblink.
The acting is enjoyably nave and several of the fight scenes are well choreographed and engaging. But overall it’s a little wearing on the senses; at least one of the battle scenes could cheerfully have gone for the chop, and the most meaningful relationship – between two brothers, separated at birth and brought up in enemy camps – is woefully underplayed. Yet other episodes (the death of a tribal leader) drag on with wailing and rending and agonising repetition.

Obviously, there are great cultural differences between the emphases in story-telling, and quite a bit of End of Empire either falls through the gaps or feels puzzlingly misplaced. Even so, it was an entertaining film for an evening in. Not one I’d want to watch again, but fine for a rental.
6/10
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not good, not good at all, 4 Sep 2011
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Per Niklasson "Dreamer" (Sweden) - See all my reviews
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Bad acting, bad special effects, badly coreographed fights. Not much good to say about this one, it's kind of exotic I guess. A time and a place not often seen on film but it didn't stop it from being boring.

Didn't expect much but certainly more than this, nowhere near the historical war epic promised in the trailer. Apparently based on some awardwinning book but I find it hard to believe this does it justice.

The thai movieindustry is definetly on the rise and quite a few are on the same theme(Thai people fighting large invading force) feels like this was one they could have skipped.

A similar thai movie I recommend instead is Pirates of Langkasuka.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Strange, 30 Dec 2012
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T. Poulsen (Denmark) - See all my reviews
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When you are a little familar with asian pictures, I feel strange about this one. It is my first Tai movie.
Pictures are sometimes beautiful, sometimes too quickly cut (not enough time to read subtitles). Action is sometimes too weak done. Actors too modern in behaving (due to this is an old story).
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Edge of boredom, 25 May 2011
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Although a lot of money has obviously been spent in the making of this film I think it was a wasted opportunity. A previous review mentioned it was like 300 on steroids...no way. In terms of visual style, quality and action sequences this film does not come close to hitting the bar. Sorry, I thought it was long and for the most part moderatley entertaining. For way out visuals and action sequences invest in The Warriors Way instead.
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