Film packs punch for taekwondo
Barry C Chung
Taekwondo rarely gets its dues in film. The Korean martial art is often overshadowed by Chinese styles, collectively known as kung fu.
Now, director Prachya Pinkaew, the man who popularised muay thai with the Ong Bak films, looks to bring the same success to his taekwondo-based film The Kick.
For more than 20 years, Master Mun (Cho Jae-hyun) has taught taekwondo at his gym in Bangkok. Everybody in his family is skilled in the art and uses it in their daily lives. His wife, Yoon (Ye Ji-won), is a master chef and uses her martial arts skills to knead dough and chop food at her restaurant. His eldest son, Tae-tang (Na Tae-joo), is a master of the 900-degree tornado kick. His daughter, Tae-mi (Kim Kyong-suk), uses taekwondo kicks to improve her skills on the soccer pitch. And his youngest son, Typhoon, possesses a killer headbutt.
One day, Korean businessman Suk-doo (Lee Gwan-hun) and his thugs try to make off with a Thai national treasure. Tae-tang saves the day by intercepting the treasure. Suk-doo is not amused and plots revenge on the entire family. He cooks up a plot to kidnap Typhoon and use him as a bargaining chip to reclaim the treasure.
The Kick opens tomorrow