Sunday, May 23, 2004

Tony Jaa will be back

According to Le Film Francais, the Ong-Bak crew -- director Prachya Pinkaew, action star Tony Jaa and funnyman Mum Jokmok -- will be filming the followup, Tom-Yum-Goong, in Australia this summer.

Finally, some news about this film, which has been talked about for the past year but delayed as Ong-Bak continues to gain in popularity in France and other countries.

In Ong-Bak, Tony played a master kickboxer from the country who goes to Bangkok in search of his impoverished village's treasured Buddha head. In the followup, he and some friends head to Australia, looking for some elephants stolen by some Chinese gangsters.

Reportedly, it has one of the biggest -- if not the biggest -- budgets of any Thai film this year.

Meanwhile, in a spin-off from his Ong-Bak success, comic-relief co-star Mum Jokmok starred in his own film, The Bodyguard, earlier this year. It's out on VCD now (no DVD release yet) and is featured at all the vendors' stalls. It's got plenty of wire-fu action and lots of laughter with Mum running around naked, but it's nowhere close in hard-hitting intensity to Ong-Bak.

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