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A Thai superhero and martial arts/action film directed by Bhandit Thongdee. Martial arts choreography was done by Panna Rittikrai, who also did such choreography for Ong-Bak, Tom Yum Goong and Born To Fight.

The story follows a firefighter named Chan who is seen as being a bit too impulsive. When terrorists try to break their leader, Osama bin Ali, out of prison, a fire is started and Chan's unit responds. When Chan sees the terrorists shooting people in their escape he confronts them, only to have a mystical amulet embedded accidentally embedded into his body in the ensuing melee. This amulet gives him magnetic and pyrokinetic powers as well as a good degree of invulnerability. Chan then becomes the superhero Mercury Man to help stop the activities of Osama bin Ali.


This movie provides examples of:

  • Action Girl: Can be said of almost every woman in the movie, with the notable exception of Chan's mother.
  • Berserk Button: Don't try to cut Grace's face.
    "Do you know how much this face cost?"
  • Chekhov's Skill: The boy from the beginning has telekinesis, which he has refined to be able to stop time on a stopwatch perfectly. Used by the villains to further their goals, and later by the boy to foil their plans.
  • Everybody Was Kung-Fu Fighting: Except for Chan's mom, everyone in the movie seems to know Muay Thai or is a capable brawler.
  • An Ice Person: Areena, after she stabs herself with the moon amulet.
  • Impossibly Cool Clothes: Mercury Man's costume is completely fireproof, despite being incredibly thin fabric.
  • Magic Meteor: The amulets are both this.
  • Magnetism Manipulation: Mercury Man's main power.
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  • Mind over Matter: Introduced at the beginning is a child with telekinesis who saves the day towards the end of the film.
  • Mistaken for Masturbating: Chan, in testing how his body becomes fiery hot whenever his heart beats fast, looks through a girlie mag and his clothes burn off—just as his mom walks in the room.
  • Playing with Fire: A less-used aspect of his abilities, Mercury Man has fire-based powers.
  • Shout-Out: There are a few references to Spider-Man in the film in the form of graffiti.
  • Something Person: Mercury Man.
  • Stuff Blowing Up: A tiny shaving of the moon amulet was shown as capable of causing a large enough explosion to travel some miles and still push a jeep a good distance. It's justified in that one of the amulets is basically Plutonium and the other Uranium.
  • Suicide Attack: The terrorists' objectives involve a copious amount of suicide bombers.
  • Super Hero
  • Super Villain: Areena
  • Transgender: Chan's sister, Grace, is a trans woman, portrayed by the famous trans Muay Thai fighter Nong Toom (Parinya Kiatbusaba)
  • Warrior Monk: The guardian of the moon amulet
  • Weaksauce Weakness: The amulet has a weakness to honey.


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