Saturday, March 20, 2004

Ong-Bak a knockout

The Thai martial arts film, Ong-Bak, is continuing to wow audiences as it is shown in film festivals around the world.

The film played to sold-out crowds in France and has the backing of Luc Besson, who's company is distributing it.

What's amazing to me is that the huge buzz around this film is pretty much from the theatrical version.

It came out early last year in Thailand, and is now available on DVD - but only with the Thai soundtrack and no subtitles. Not that you really need the subtitles. There are some moments of slow melodrama, but you can fast-forward through those until to get back to Tony Ja and his amazing muay thai action.

Given the increasing worldwide popularity of Ong-Bak, I have my hopes up for an international DVD release with subtitles and other extras.

Meanwhile, the sequel, Tom Yum Goong (named after the sweet-and-sour shrimp soup that is a staple of Thai menus), is due out later this year. Details are sketchy, though the film is comprised of the same cast and director and has a bigger budget.

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