Tuesday, July 16, 2013

REVIEWS: My review of Yamada: The Samurai of Ayothaya (2010) (Full Movie)


Yamada:  Samurai of Ayothaya (2010) is based on the historical figure Yamada Nagamasa. This Japanese adventurer would settle in Thailand away from his native Japan. He would go on to gain considerable influence in a region in Southern Thailand in the 17th century. This movie was loosely based on that historical figure.

My Review

After watching Tony Jaa's Ong Bak many years ago, I thirsted for more Thai bareknuckle action. Along the way there were a few movies, most notably Jaa's Tom Yum Goong (aka The Protector). I also liked the kenjutsu of such films as Christopher Lambert's The Hunted (the heart-pounding train scene!) as well as Tom Cruise's The Last Samurai.

A friend had recommended Yamada:  Samurai of Ayothaya to me. He knew of my passion for martial arts/action movies and in fact, he was the one who introduced me to Tony Jaa and Ong Bak. When I watched Yamada, I was at the edge of my seat! After I finished watching the movie, I was so hyped up, I couldn't sleep! Only a few videos have done that to me which includes the aforementioned Ong Bak, the first UFC event, and the Dog Brothers Real Contact Stickfighting series. There is one other movie which I will post my review in the future. It's a 2010 Korean movie - The Man From Nowhere. That movie also kept me up throughout the night, more than a double expresso!

This movie has been described as Ong Bak Meets The Last Samurai which describes it pretty much in as little words as possible. If you didn't like Ong Bak or The Last Samurai, then pass on this. But if you are like me, thirsting for something new fighting moves onscreen, Thai bareknuckle is a beauty to watch. Prepare for a visual feast! Additionally, a few real-life Muay Thai champs have roles in this including Buakaw and Anuwat. Combine the bareknuckle with good onscreen kenjutsu you have Yamada. I highly recommend viewing this!!

Below is the full movie with English subtitles. Enjoy!

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