Worth Watching - June 17: Tony Jaa's Ong Bak 2 Promo Reel!
Many will argue that Tony Jaa is one of the most impressive martial arts actors alive today up there with the likes of Jet Li. His first film, Ong Bak from 2003, was what put him in the spotlight here in America. He followed that film up with The Protector in 2005 and now is starring in and directing his first feature film Ong Bak 2. Remarkably, the film has no actual connection with the first Ong Bak besides Tony Jaa's involvement. The guys over at Twitch got their hands on the first promo reel from Ong Bak 2 and I must admit that I didn't turn away at all for the four minutes that this runs. It actually looks exactly like a Thai version of the newest Rambo movie. If you thought that Tony Jaa was impressive in Ong Bak, just wait until you see all of the martial arts styles in this.
This film takes place earlier in time than the first Ong Bak and stars Tony Jaa as a young man named Ting. He is saved from execution by a group of global martial artists as a boy who and trains in every one of their arts in an attempt to fuse them all into one master martial art. You don't want to miss this!
Watch the promo reel for Ong Bak 2:
Ong Bak 2 is directed by Thai martial artist Tony Jaa himself as his first feature film. The script was written by stunt coordinator and filmmaker Panna Rittikrai who previously wrote the screenplay for Ong Bak and Born to Fight. The Weinstein Company has the distribution rights for the film and is expected to release Ong Bak 2 in America sometime later in 2008. Stay tuned for more details!