Monday, June 20, 2011

Kickin' It Thai Style

I know "awesome" is the most overused word among bloggers, - God knows I've been abstaining myself from using it as of late - but there's really no substitute word you can use to describe Tony Jaa. The guy is amazingly awesome. Period. But it's really hard to regard him as anything more than a Martial arts spectacle because his movies thus far were nothing more than action sequences with paper-thin plot written around them.

Apparently they think you don't need a real reason to kick some ass if you're awesome at it...
Which is too bad because the guy could easily be this generation's Bruce Lee, Jet Li and Jackie Chan all rolled into one; a unique blend that's unmistakably Tony Jaa. Instead, what we have seen so far were B-grade stories used to promote the Thai culture. Nothing wrong with that, but in the case of Tom-Yum-Goong [2005], perhaps it was too much, too soon.

But enough about that, if you have been following his movies then you would know that the guy took a break from show business to become a monk. Well guess what, that's over now and he's planning a comeback, and he's not coming back alone.

Remember this chick?

No? Probably because she looks too adorable here...
I bet you remember her now?!
Yeap, that's Jeeja Yanin, dubbed as the female counterpart of Tony Jaa. Although that's a rather unfair look at her because she is a very credible Martial artist in her own right. You might remember her from Chocolate [2008], directed by the same guy who catapulted Tony Jaa to stardom, whose name I could never remember how to spell. Thank God for Google.

So now the question is, who's gonna make the movie? You might remember how Tony Jaa ticked off director Prachya Pinkaew when he opted to make the subsequent movies after Tom-Yum-Goong without him. We all know how that went down. Ong Bak 2 [2008] was pretty bad, and I couldn't bring myself to watch the third one. Tony Jaa himself had a nervous breakdown while he was making it which might have prompted his decision to get into monkhood to search for his lost elephant... I mean, soul!

Well, no worries. That's all water under the bridge now, and together with Prachya Pinkaew and Jeeja Yanin, they will all work together on Tom-Yum-Goong 2. Although Tony Jaa would have to wait a while longer since Pinkaew and Yanin are working on Chocolate 2, still in its production stage as of right now.

I don't have high hopes for either one, but the idea of two spectacular on-screen Martial artists working together in one film was enough to stoke the action fanboy in me.

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