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Sunday, 20 September 2009
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AKA: Opapatika, Oi apethantoi
Directed by: Thanakorn Pongsuwan
Written by: Thanakorn Pongsuwan, Yutnathorn Kaewthong
Produced by: Prachya Pinkaew, Sukanya Vongsthapat
Cast: Somchai Kemglad, Shahkrit Yamnarm, Leo Putt, Athip Nana, Ray MacDonald, Kemapsorn Sirisukha, Nirut Sirichanya, Pongpat Wachirabunjong
Year: 2007
Country: Thailand
Language: Thai
Color: Color
Runtime: 106 Minutes

Video: NTSC R1
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1, 2.0 (Thai, English Dub)

Demon Warriors is brought forth by the creative team behind the likes of the crazy Thai action film Ong-Bak, which garnered much attention upon its release, as well as the films Dynamite Warrior and The Protector.  This however is altogether different than the action antics of Ong-Bak, and while it does contain some awesome Muay Thai fight sequences, itís more supernatural horror than action.

Demon Warriors begins by explaining that the world is overlapped with humans and creatures called Opapatikas.  The introduction continues to declare that traditional beliefs claim people can be born into this world in one of four forms.  The forms are as follows: Sungsetacha, born from sweat and dampness, Untacha, born hatching from an egg, Chalaputa, born from the womb, and lastly, Opapatika, born suddenly out of nowhere.  Why such a complicated birth pattern you might ask?  Well I was left wondering the same.  For only one scenario holds precedence in Demon Warriors -- you guessed it -- Opapatika.

Enter our protagonist, Detective Techit (Leo Putt), who is caught in the middle of these overlapping worlds.  In order to investigate further these Opapatika, Techit must become them. Convinced by Sadok (Nirut Sirichanya), some all-knowing Thai master, that his only answer is to commit the ultimate sacrifice; himself.  He brandishes a golden revolver and blows his brains out.  This allows Detective Techit to enter the mysterious supernatural world of Opapatikas and stop them once and for all.  His gift for giving his life is intuition, but each time he uses it to track down the various Opapatikas he begins losing one of his five senses.  No one said ridding the world of super freaks was easy!

Demon Warriors is more complicated than need be.  It spends a lot of time explaining complicated beliefs and situations that hold no real priority to the story; an example being the four ways of being born at the filmís commencement.  Once the viewer tries to grasp everything during the opening minutes all is lost by the time the important plot devices unfold.  The film should have begun instantly explaining what Opapatikas were without anything else.  Being in another language (Thai) doesnít help matters either.  I usually prefer watching a film in its native tongue but Demon Warriors is definitely an exception.

Aside from its confusing storyline, the film also drags a lot, with many dull sequences that the viewers care not about.  However, the film isnít a complete mess.  The inclusion of the Opapatikas having superpowers, but when used causes them detrimental effects, makes for some interesting characters.  One Opapatika gets scars on his body in the same spot as wherever he inflicts a wound on someone.  Another has the ability to read minds, but ultimately loses his memory as an outcome.  These arenít the only cool attributes either.  The film is jam-packed with bloodshed and Muai Thai fighting.  Many of the fight scenes in Demon Warriors are a bloodbath of spurting arteries.  This came as a pleasant surprise as I was expecting cool action sequences, minus the grue-geysers.

Demon Warriors isnít your everyday run-of-the-mill action film, so casual fans of Asian cinema probably should stay away.  If youíre a fan of Thai films with supernatural laden plots and a bunch of violence, then this one is meant for you.


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- Making of

Demon Warriors makes its way onto DVD from Magnet Releasing and Magnolia Home Entertainment.  The video is presented 1.78:1 with either original Thai Dolby Digital 5.1, 2.0 tracks or the choice of an English dub.  Itís great to have the options of both Thai and English audio, since, as mentioned before, the storyline can cause some confusion.  Many people will no doubt opt for the English dubbed dialog.  The special features are sparse but include a short 16-minute Making of Demon Warriors , which is a welcomed attachment.  Trailers for other Magnet releases accompany this release: Mutant Chronicles, Surveillance, and Big Man Japan.

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