This Girl is Badass!
Though not exactly one of the cinematic
powerhouses of the pan-Asian region, the Thai film industry has churned
out a number of hugely worthwhile films in the past few years, from the
Palme díOr winning Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives to
the stylish action outings of the Brothers Pang.
As may be inferred from the title, This
Girl is Badass! takes a rather more whimsical approach to the art of
filmmaking, combining plenty of silly sight gags - no one ever accused
the Thai national humour of being overly high-brow - with action
sequences that are for the most part surprisingly adept for a film of
The story of a bicycle delivery girl (Jeeja
Yanin, Chocolate) who gets mixed up with a gang of crooks she
must do her best to outwit, the film opens like a poor manís BMX
Bandits, with the sort of paltry Ďstuntsí any child with a
BMX has mastered by the age of about six. Thankfully however our
heroine soon disovers a penchant for smacking villains about the head
with her bicycle as opposed to using it for popping three-second
wheelies, and things settle into a nice equilibrium. Her wire work
ainít too shabby either, and all up this is no case of false advertising
- Yanin really does kick ass.
Her costars (who include Ong Bakís
Petchtai Wongkamlao) are likewise suitably accomplished, though I
personally could have done with less emphasis on goofy comic relief
cameos and more on ass kickery, of which there is a disturbing dearth in
the filmís middle act. The storyline also tends to meander somewhat,
although it nevertheless culminates in a conclusion of suitably
bombastic proportions. A little bit up and down, but what This Girl
is Badass! lacks in genuine laughs it more than makes up for with
its expertly crafted action sequences. If only there were a couple more
A decent crop, including several Deleted
Scenes, 20 minutes of Cast and Crew Interviews and the usual
smattering of Eastern Eye trailers.