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CHAI LAI ANGELS: DANGEROUS FLOWERS

DVD Review by David Blackwell

 

DETAILS:  102 minutes, featurette, music videos, trailer

VIDEO: 1.78:1 (Anamorphic Widescreeen)

AUDIO: Thai 5.1, English Dub 5.1 Dolby Digital

Subtitles:  English, Spanish

 

STUDIO:  Magnolia Home Entertainment/ Magnet/ Film Guru/ Sahamongkol Film International

RELEASE DATE: 12-15-2009

CHAI LAI ANGELS: FALLEN ANGELS is the type of Asian film export from Thailand designed to try to appeal to the world market.   CHAI LAI ANGELS is more entertaining than the dreadful CHALIES ANGELS movies.   The only things that disappoint me about this movie are the plot and the martial arts action.   I know Writer/ Director Poj Arnon is trying to make this a sexy martial arts film that doesn't take itself too seriously.   The film does pander to the male audience by finding ways to show off the Chai Lais in sexy clothes (and fight bad guys in lingerie in one scene) and a little infighting between women while trying to work as a team.   The bad guys are inept while the film makes fun of this very fact (the tranny henchman is one example).

 

CHAI LAI: FALLEN ANGELS is about a group of sexy Thai women (Rose, Lotus, Pouy-sian, Spadix, and Hibiscus) who fight against bad guys.  They must prevent an organized crime syndicate from getting the Andaman Pearl which a professor and his daughter Miki know the location of.   The girls first fail at preventing Miki from being kidnapped only for their boss to discover it's a ruse to get at the crime syndicate.   What follows throughout the film is plenty of action, scantily clad Thai women, humor, and sometimes an urge from the reviewer to watch a James Bond (or Michelle Yoeh) film instead.   CHAI LAI ANGELS isn't a total loss.  It is entertaining despite the moments of disbelief at what I was watching and the pandering to certain types of audiences by the director.   The film doesn't take itself seriously which helps it be enjoyable.

 

SPECIAL FEATURES:

THE MAKING OF CHAIS LAI ANGELS: DANGEROUS FLOWERS is basic promo fluff interview stuff as the director and actors talk about the movie and characters.

 

Two music videos feature music that unfortunately you can't get out of your head.   The music videos look like a trippy Asian version of MTV videos.  The international theatrical trailer and trailers for other Magnolia Entertainment releases are also included.

 

FINAL ANALYSIS:   CHAI LAI ANGELS will appeal to the people who are looking for an action comedy with scantily clad women.   It is better than either of the CHARLIES ANGELS films.

 

This DVD review is (c)12-30-2009 David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission.  All Rights Reserved.  Send all comments to lord_pragmagtic@hotmail.com