Tuesday, May 27, 2008

New posters, poll for Ong-Bak 2

Back from the Cannes Film Market, Todd Brown of Twitch has posted a couple of new teaser posters for Ong-Bak 2, the upcoming martial-arts drama by Tony Jaa.

With the tagline, "The Real fight is Back!!! The new film from Tony Jaa" promises "several dangerous scenes including the fight on the back of tens of elephants." Ong-Bak 2 is the directorial debut of the 32-year-old Jaa, who also stars. Twitch has more:

Jaa stars in a period piece as a poor orphan boy raised by a collection of martial arts masters from across Asia and ends up an expert in all, fusing the styles into a comprehensive fighting style. The promo for this that was on display in Cannes is absolutely spectacular -- very well shot, loaded with action in a huge range of styles, and surprisingly bloody. Unless it’s let down by the script this will be truly incredible.

Discussion has ensued at Twitch on whether a Tony Jaa film really needs a decent script. Jaa's previous films, Ong-Bak and Tom Yum Goong had great action, but suffered from weak scripts. Some action fans say the script doesn't matter -- they aren't watching the movie for snappy dialogue -- they are watching for the incredible martial-arts action and stunts.

Along those lines, I have put my first poll on this blog: "Does it matter if Tony Jaa's films have good scripts?" It's at the top of the sidebar on the right. It will be up until midnight on June 4. I'll report the results in a week or so. Vote away.

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