Both of the Uin & Ipin: Keris Siamang Tunggal movies, when looked at individually, have their strong points and weaknesses. And I'm not talking about just the acting. I'm talking about the story itself. The storyline in each movie has its own problems.
The first film in the series, which is the aptly titled Uin Ipin: Siamang Tunggal, takes a traditional Thai story and revolves around it. It's a typical Thai story that revolves around an ordinary family but with unexpected twists and turns. So what's the problem with this movie? Well, let's break it down into two parts.
Firstly, Sun and his son are very unique people. In a single sentence, you would never know that he is related to the kingdom or an ex-royal and because of that, his actions tend to be unpredictable. The problem is that you can't take him too seriously. He is not well versed in history and political affairs. So, if you want to see a lot of kung fu movies that happen to be realistic then forget this one.
Secondly, I'm not sure if the story was really needed for the movie to work. I thought the story was interesting, the acting was good, and the fight scenes were quite awesome but I think it would have been more effective if the film had focused on the Sun (Keris Siamang) and the way he brings out his family's fighting skills.
Also, I think the movie could have been more relevant if it would have done some historical research. Just as I mentioned before, the family is not well versed in history. Even though you cannot tell anything about their background, the screenplay tries to explain it.
But the movie is not all bad. It ends up with a nice fight scene between the martial artist brother and sister. So in the end, I think both the Uin & Ipin: Keris Siamang Tunggal movies are still good movies with some issues.
However, they are much better than the earlier ones that did not have much better action. This is good, as most of us could do without a lot of fighting scenes.
Overall, I think the Uin & Ipin: Keris Siamang Tunggal movie is a bit dated now that you can easily watch movies that were released last year. But you can still use this movie for learning the history of Thailand. You can always find out more about the country by watching the actual movies.