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This Girl Is Badass [Blu-ray] [2011] [US Import]

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa080ba54) out of 5 stars Jeeja Yanin's Third film...A for action, the rest...meh. 24 Feb. 2013
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
The title, "This Girl is Badass" is the English language release of Jeeja Yanin's third movie, called "Jakkalen", "The Bicycle Messenger" The film, written and Directed by Thai TV comedian, Mum Jok Mok, (the co-star of Tony Jaa's "Ong Bak" and "Tom Yum Goong") is a kind of patched together version of Mum's TV shows, featuring his cast of Comics with TV type gags. For many, who don't speak Thai, the jokes make no sense, even with the subtitles, (whose translations are BAD) and won't like the humor. Mainly, this is a story about a young orphan, Jakkalen, a super-mega Tomboy, (still cute) raised by her Uncle Wang, (a former mobster himself, now selling DVD's in his video store stall in the market) and she is a Bike Messenger, who happens to be delivering "Stuff", (red powder in plastic bags, presumed to be drugs). Jakkalen, is playing a dangerous game, trying to rip off the mob, while playing rival gangs against each other. Because she is Jeeja Yanin, of course the girl can fight like crazy, and does. Also, a sub theme is a really ugly guy has fallen for her, and is constantly, painfully, stupidly, scheming to win her over. Jakkalen, in the meantime, having her first crush, falls for a musician who is not all he seems to be, which eventually she finds out the hard way. The film has gags featuring absurd costumes and get ups worn by some cast members, Midget Muay Thai, and keystone cops gangsters who are either not straight, or can't shoot straight either. Really, the plot doesn't have much substance to it, and it is very difficult to divulge it with spoilers, since it is too difficult to follow anyway. I watched this film in the Thai release version, and its Western release version as well, for one thing only, and that is to watch Jeeja kick ass. One thing that is interesting, is that the English version includes about 20 minutes of Jeeja fight scenes that had been cut from the Thai version, with the distributors obviously sensing that the market in the US and England was for fans of her Martial arts prowess, and not for the strained humor of Mum and Co. So, for that reason alone, the newly released English subtitled version, is far superior, even though whole sections of the so-called plot are excised in order to get in more of Jeeja's action scenes, which is fine with me, but will make the plot even more confusing for those who haven't seen the original. The fight scenes are well done, as always, by action maestro Panna Rittikrai, the Thai stunt trainer who discovered and trained Tony Jaa and Dan Chupong. I won't spoil it, but what Jeeja does in her first two fight scenes will remind people of Jackie Chan, in the way she uses her environment, and every object in it as a weapon and/or a defense. It is very creatively done, and accompanied by some fun music that rocks and gets the pulse going faster. This film is enjoyable, entertaining, and a good opportunity to enjoy both the physical and comedic acting talents of a rising star, who I think is the new action Queen of Asia. The film doesn't match her debut, Chocolate, and is just different than her other movie, "Raging Phoenix", and not quite as well made as the Thai/Korean martial arts film "The Kick", in which Jeeja has a secondary role. But, it is worth watching, and will whet the appetite of all of Jeeja's fans for the upcoming, soon to be released sequel to Tony Jaa's spectacular film, Tom Yum Goong 2, starring both he and Jeeja, Marrese Crump, RZA, and Tazu, as well as Mum Jok Mok reprising his role in the original. This one I can't wait for.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa081d42c) out of 5 stars (2.5 STARS) More Like a Comedy Than an Action 19 July 2013
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
In her latest movie "This Girl is Badass" Jeeja Yanin plays a bike messenger Jukkalan, who is attacked by a group of local thugs. Jukkalan happens to be a martial arts fighter, and using her bicycle and other props, she fights back those thugs in a style that slightly reminds us of Jackie Chan.

In fact, "This Girl is Badass" is not a bona fide action movie. This is more like an action comedy with too little martial arts and too much comedy. The film's storyline is almost non-existent. You meet the heroine's kind "Uncle" Wang (Petchtai Wongkamlao, who also directs) and her love-smitten childhood friend Duan (Chalerm Yamchamang). You get several nice action set-pieces in "This Girl is Badass," but, entertaining as they are, they need more energy and creative ideas.

The comedy with cartoonish jokes (with a few rom-com elements) is a change of pace for the star Jeeja Yanin. The "Chocolate" star is surprisingly effective as an ordinary girl who has a crush on a handsome singer in her neighborhood. It is unfortunate that the thread is discarded rather unceremoniously.

It seems there is more than one version of the movie. If so, that will explain some subplots that do not make sense at all (like Uncle Wang's past, for instance).

Whichever version you watch, "This Girl is Badass" is not an action-packed movie that you might be led to believe from the name of the star. The action you get here is acceptable, but those who are looking for intense martial arts action of "Chocolate" will be disappointed.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa080d9d8) out of 5 stars Comedy with Kung Fu 21 Jun. 2013
By hongkongfilmfan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Unlike her other films this one has more comedy than action. The action scenes are great but they are not as frequent as the quirky comedy characters overacting for a laugh. THIS GIRL continues to do amazing action which is the only reason to watch a film like this. There are many other films that are more humourous but few with a better looking female martial artist. If you enjoyed her other films you will enjoy this one, just don't expect too much action because this is more of a comedy than a action film. THIS GIRL has charisma which carries this film and displlays her talent as an actress not just a martial artist.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa081c618) out of 5 stars Cartoon silliness mixed with raging fight scenes 31 May 2013
By Randall - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Blu-ray
Jeeja Yanin, the spectacular kick boxer who made a huge impression in CHOCOLATE and RAGING PHOENIX, is given more of a humanistic characterization in this romantic/comedy action film directed by Petchtai Wongkamlao (aka Mum Jok Mok), who is also the director who brought Thai kick-boxing marvel Tony Jaa to stardom in ONG BAK and its sequels. In THIS GIRL IS BADASS, Wongkamlao also stars as the guardian of Jukkalan (Yanin), a teenager who works for a bicycle delivery service that also serves as a front for drug trafficking, which inevitably leads to conflict between two pairs of mob bosses. The supporting cast all does a good job, especially Wongkamlao who generates a lot of sympathy as a troubled guardian who tries his best to help the ungrateful Jukkalan. Both are supported by a fistful of wildly eccentric supported actors playing over-the-top caricatures of mob bosses and gangsters - as if every Thai comic was given a role in this film and way more screen time than their character deserves. The film becomes a bad cartoon punctuated by too infrequent action scenes, although some of those are pretty terrific (including one in the bicycle repair shop with various bicycle implements being used, Jackie Chan style, in the fight), there are also a lot of really unfunny humor and inane puppy love moments which are likely to try the patience of Western viewers used to far more sophisticated and provocative comedic romance. But despite the film's innocently silly humor, it's an entertaining watch, and Yanin proves to be as capable a leading lady as she is a raging wild woman in the fight scenes. Viewed from a Thai cultural perspective, the story's level of humor and caricature is perhaps a little more tolerable. The 99-minute USA release from Magnolia reportedly (and thankfully) trimmed some extended subplots out, and fortunately retains the original Thai voice track with subtitles that are inconsistently translated but follow-able.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa081c7b0) out of 5 stars Goofy Thai comedy with a little action... 27 Jun. 2013
By Mozenator - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Blu-ray
Fans of Jeeja Yanin will most likely be puzzled by this film. The action is minimal and when it happens it's shot poorly and not choreographed very well. It never delivers that "oomph!" action fans thrive on. The comedy is definitely not for all tastes either and much gets lost in the translation (which is horrible) as others have noted.

HOWEVER, I thoroughly enjoyed it. I would rather watch this movie, where the film-makers and actors all seem to be having fun and there is a clever, creative atmosphere at play here (emphasis on PLAY, I swear, the actor who seems to be half Western, is cracking up in a lot of scenes!), than any amount of paint by number Hollywood tripe that lands at the local cineplex. There are bizarre characters (the two mob bosses, the lovesick Duang), weird and strange scenes that make no sense (the birthday scene), but that just infused the vibe of the film with a trippy kind of zaniness that I found infectious and completely cheerful!

If you're looking for great action, look elsewhere, if you want a light diversion that will tickle you and you enjoy looking at Jeeja (who doesn't?) try it!

I would watch this again, it's not great but it has some heart, creativity and life. More than can be said for most movies from this country.
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