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Tony Jaa

Updated on July 26, 2016

Tony Jaa

Tony Jaa
Tony Jaa

Ong-Bak 2 Released on Blu-Ray and DVD February 2nd

Well I was really looking forward to seeing Ong Bak 2 in the theater. But, it never came out in my area. I live near Boston and can't believe I didn't notice it in any of the theaters. Maybe it was never in the theater or just had absolutely no advertising. Anyway I was in Target yesterday and saw it on sale for $20. I figured I could get in cheaper on Amazon and I was right so I bought Ong Bak 2 on Blu-Ray for $15 instead. Oh I can't wait till I get it in the mail.

About Tony Jaa

I first heard of Tony Jaa when my friend highly recommended a new Martial Arts film called Ong-Bak: Muay Thai Warrior. He brought it over for me to watch and I was completely amazed. The movie was awesome and the action didn't stop for a second. Jaa did all of his own stunts and they were right up there with the likes of Jackie Chan and Jet Li. 

Tony Jaa was born on February 5, 1976 in Issan, Thailand. His real name is Tatchakorn Yeerum. But, in the U.S. he is known as Tony Jaa. As a kid he watched films by Martial Arts stars like Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan. Jaa would often practice the stunts he saw in movies until he had perfected them. Tony's family farmed and raised elephants. Supposedly he jumps so high because he always practiced jumping onto the elephants. When he was 15 he went to Maha Sarakham College of Physical Education. Jaa got work as a stunt man for Panna Rittikrai who was a well know action film director in the area. Jaa was a stunt double for Robin Shou who played Liu Khang in the Mortal Kombat Annihilation movie.

Jaa began practicing Muay Boran which was a ancient style of Muay Thai. Together with Panna they put together a short video demonstrating what Jaa had learned. The video impressed Prachya Pinkaew (a local director and famous stuntman) who eventually created a movie starring Jaa called Ong-Bak. The film was based on his ancient form of Muay Thai that he learned. Ong Bak is about a simple village who's sacred statue is stolen. Jaa is the one sent to find it and bring it back. 

Ong-Bak

Ong-Bak is about a remote village in Thailand who's Buddha statue is stolen and the village begins to have bad luck. A drought comes and their crops begin to die. The villagers gather up the little money they have and gives it to their best fighter and athlete Ting, played by Tony Jaa. Ting travels to the city to find and return statue. Jaa's incredible chase and fight scene's showed off his incredible athletic talent. Everything was done without any special effects or wires. I was very impressed with Tony's ability to jump on to people's heads and then run across them in a crowd. Oh and his fight scenes were pretty good too. The film made Jaa into an international star.

Ong Bak Chase Scene

Tom yum Goong (The Protector)

The Protector is Tony Jaa's second film as the lead character. In this film Jaa plays Kham. Kham raises elephants and lives in the jungle with his father. His father teaches Kham an ancient style of Muay Thai called Muay Boran that was used by the king's protectors. in ancient times the king would sit on the top of the greatest elephant in the land when he went into battle. Kham is in the modern world but, the king still wants an elephant since they are regarded so highly in their culture. Kham's father believed their elephant could have the honor of being chosen by the king. But, the elephant is stolen and Kham uses his amazing fighting skills to find him. The film isn't going to win an academy award but, for an action flick it is amazing.

Tom Yum Goong (The Potector) Fight Scene

Ong-Bak 2

Ong-Bak 2 was already released on DVD in Asia, South America and Europe in December of 2008. Yet here in the U.S. I am still waiting for a theatrical release. Currently the expected date is October 23rd. It is a prequel set in ancient times in Thailand. This one is even directed by Tony Jaa. From what I can tell it seems like his village is wiped out and he trains to fight better to get revenge. The fight scenes look awesome and I'm excited to see what he can do with a much larger budget.

Have you seen a Tony Jaa film?

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      ChrisValente 6 years ago

      Recently saw "The Protector". It is an excellent movie.

      Tony Jaa's martial art and acrobatic skills are superb.

      Will be getting more of his movies.

      Excellent job Tony.

      Hope more people come to realize your talent and skills.

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      Mangkuk365 7 years ago from Alabama

      that's cool for reviewing tony ja. most the best fighter i've seen. unfortunately his voice sound too thin.

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      alliah 7 years ago

      he is so awsome

      he's even beter than brus lee

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      Lgali 7 years ago

      very nice review

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      dohn121 8 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      How did I miss reading this hub? Great job on this Jim. I love Tony Jaa and always had ever since I saw Ong-Bak. I'm not sure if you knew this or not, but Issan used to belong to Laos over a thousand years ago (it's located in Northeast Thailand). The people there still speak Lao and consider themselves as Thai born but hold their allegiance to Laos.

      Although I didn't like the Protector nearly as much as I liked Ong-Bak, the ascending fight (much in the tradition of Game of Death) scene is amazing as Tony Jaa beats up about 100 guys by himself and the fight scene in ankle-deep water was incredible. Thanks for this Jim! I can't wait for Ong-Bak 2!

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      jacobkuttyta 8 years ago from Delhi, India

      Interesting, Keep it up

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      Sandy Mertens 8 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Very interesting hub.

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      NZUNG SERAPHINE 8 years ago

      Hi Jim i love this hub and i love most of Tony Jaa s movies.

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      jim10 8 years ago from ma

      Thanks Ethel, I'm glad you at least liked the pictures. I think it is safe to say Tony Jaa gets plenty of exercise.

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      Eileen Kersey 8 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Not my sort of films but he looks good lol

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      jim10 8 years ago from ma

      Enjoy the movie. If you like it the new one will be coming out soon. I'm glad you liked the picture. I bet Tony could stay like that for hours.

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      shibashake 8 years ago

      Someone gave me Ong-Bak for Christmas. Now I will definitely have to watch it. Love that first picture :)

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      jim10 8 years ago from ma

      Sorry to hear that alekhouse, the movies are pretty action packed. It is amazing how he has such good control of his movements.

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      Nancy Hinchliff 8 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      Sorry Jim, but the videos were too violent for me; although I do appreciate the physical agility of the actors, having been a dancer. I really like Tai Chi better.

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      jim10 8 years ago from ma

      MistHaven, you are right I completely forgot to mention Ong-Bak 2. That is actually what gave me the idea for the Hub. Expect an update when I have time.

      Enelle, Tony Jaa is great he grew watching the same martial arts movies and would practice the moves of Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan and Jet Li until he had perfected them.

      Typep, I think the funny parts come out in how absurd it seems that these action stars can actually do these things. It goes to show what consistent training and determination will allow the human body to do. The super human bad guys that are enormous and feel no pain always give me a chuckle. I think that idea started with Bruce Lee fighting Kareem Abdul Jabbar. Jackie Chan would always add physical humor to offset the intense action scenes.

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      typep 8 years ago

      Cool hub! Funny how this type of movie is usually comical! ;-) Love it!

      (@()@)

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      Enelle Lamb 8 years ago from Canada's 'California'

      I am (ad have been) a marial arts nut since Bruce Lee - Both Ong-Bak and the Protector were excellent. His stunts and action sequences were every bit as good as his predecessors :D

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      MistHaven 8 years ago from New Jersey

      Tony Jaa is cool, I've been waiting for another movie from him for a while. I think the next one is supposed to be a prequel to Ong-Bak. Great Hub, btw.