Monday, January 07, 2008

Trailer for new martial arts film features stunts gone wrong.

If you watch this trailer for Chocolate from Ong Bak director Prachya Pinkaew, be prepared to wince.



Those guys that fell off the roof looked like they will be lucky to ever walk again. Director Prachya Pinkaew is no stranger to putting stuntmen in harm's way. He directed the Tony Jaa films The Protector, where six people almost died, and Ong Bak, a production that dropped at least 20 actors from the top of a very tall tree and let them hit every branch on their way down. I almost feel guilty for enjoying some of these action scenes which are not so much 'stunts' as they are staged, tragic accidents.

As for the movie itself, it looks the heroine kicks way more butt in this than Juliette Binoche did in the original film by Lasse Hallström. (Wink.)

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