'Muay Thai Giant'
(Nathan Jones, Dan Chupong, et al / DVD / R / (2010) 2011 / Magnolia Home Entertainment)
Overview: Seven foot, gentle giant Barney Emerald is drugged and robbed while on holiday in Pattaya. He befriends two Thai sisters, one who can speak English and another who is a Muay Thai kick-boxing champion. He stays with them until he can recover his passport. After eating some spicy "somtum" at their mother's restaurant, he accidentally demolishes the place. They discover that when Barney eats the spicy somtum, he has a physical reaction that sends him into a raging and violent martial-arts frenzy!
DVD Verdict: The story of 'Muay Thai Giant' reads like an average, drunken Saturday night, in truth! Here we find a friendly giant man who unlocks his untapped Muay Thai fighting skills upon being a) first drugged, and b) eating some spicy "somtum"! The parody is that on an average Saturday night, most guys "discover" their fighting skills!
But, that aside ... the giant, Barney then teams up with two young girls to take down the ruthless Pattaya crime syndicate - as you would!
Yes, that bit is far-fetched for sure, but (to be honest) it works all the way down the line! For when Barney hooks up with the young, English speaking Thai girl and her tough-as-nails sister - a Muay Thai kick-boxer in her ow right - agreeing to help them, after they had taken him in until he could find a way home was his only decent choice.
So, now every time Barney takes a taste of spicy "somtum" (tam bak hung), he unleashes a virtual firestorm of martial arts fury - and his new need to topple an entire criminal empire is unleashed also! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.66:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.