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November 30, 2004

Ong Bak Muay Thai Warrior Sequel

— Posted by Rodney

I will never forget the first time I saw the jaw dropping Ong Bak Muay Thai Warrior with the sensational Tony Jaa. It was in Toronto and Bubba (Todd over at Twitch Film) brought it by and said I just had to sit down, shut up and watch this. And watch it I did. For those of you who have never heard of this movie, you’ll just have to trust me that it is the most awe inspiring spectacle of martial arts and stunts in a movie EVER. The most amazing part of it is that Tony Jaa did all of his own stunts… with ZERO special effects and ZERO wire work. It’s totally unbelievable when you see half the stuff this guy does. You just end up re-winding a dozen times saying “I didn’t just see that!!!!”

Now, the good folks over at AICN have received an update on the follow-up entitled Tom Yum Goong. My mouth is in high drool mode:

In Ong-Bak, he plays a country bumpkin who travels to Bangkok to retrieve a stolen Buddha image. In Tom Yum Goong, he plays a country bumpkin who travels to Sydney to retrieve a stolen elephant (!!!!!!). The culprit is a femme fatale who runs an evil empire out of her Thai restaurant called, you guessed it, Tom Yum Goong, named after the famous shrimp soup.

From what i gather, it should be ready to release around January in Thailand. With the director claiming to make this a Thai film with an international standaqrd and promisisng to raise it to the next level, I can hardly wait for the action to explode once more on the big screen. They also promise to continue to uphold the Ong-Bak motto of no stuntman, no wirework for the lead actor.

This guy is the evolution of Jackie Chan. Now, take all this with the grain of salt that Ong Bak was actually a horrible film from a story/acting/plot point of view. But the pure action, stunts and martial arts make up for all that in spades and creates a thoroughly enjoying viewing experience. Oh man I can’t wait.

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  • Chen_Jun

    Ong-bak made me believe in martial arts movies again. I’m also a huge Donnie Yen fan, Donnie Yen has always talked about how he hates too much wire work and CGI! he’s been saying for along time now how he wants to get back to basics with martial arts film making! So I bet he’s happy about Ong-bak’s success. I hear that Donnie’s up and coming movie called “Sha Po Lang” starring Sammo Hung & Wu Jing, is ment to be a ‘back to basics’ with good old raw hard fighting! YAY I can’t wait! I too am sick to death of CGI & wire work, most of the time it looks stupid and it always takes me out of the film, because once I see a wire-work move or a CGI effect, I go “Oh look wire work!whoopy doo NOT” Matrix123, crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, House of flying Daggers, STEP ASIDE coz you’re borring! it’s time we get serious!
    P.S “Born To Fight” is a great Thai film too, it’s directed by Prachya Pinkaew the same guy who made Ong-Bak. check it out!

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