Fear not Tony Jaa fans in North America -- it looks like you won't have to wait as long as you thought to see Ong-Bak 2. It makes its international festival premiere at South by Southwest next month in Austin, Texas.
When I learned recently that Austin's Fantastic Fest had joined with SXSW to program a lineup of midnight movies, I thought that Ong-Bak 2 would be a perfect midnight feature. Then U.S. distributor Magnolia swooped in and bought the rights, giving the well-connected programmers some friendly people to deal with. Ong-Bak 2 is the opening film in the Fantastic Fest at Midnight shows.
SXSW runs from March 13 to 22.
This is only the beginning of festival appearances for Ong-Bak 2, which is also scheduled for the Far East Film Festival in Italy. Now, how about a summer release for that DVD in the U.S., instead of waiting for Christmas?
(Via @rodneydp, Twitch)