Sunday, January 3, 2010
Ong-Bak 2 is second most-pirated Asian film
In reaction to a lack of Asian films on one most-pirated list, Wildgrounds has compiled a ranking of the eight most-pirated Asian films of 2009. At No. 2 is Tony Jaa's Ong-Bak 2 with 41,793 downloads. It's between John Woo's Red Cliff at No. 1 and Hayao Miyazaki's Ponyo in third.
I've not seen the Ong-Bak 2 torrent myself, so I don't know what its origin is.
The U.S. and U.K. DVDs and Blu-rays of Ong-Bak 2 won't be out until February.
That's not all that far away now, but it's been more than a year since the film was released in Thailand.
Anxious fans say "screw it" and download, just because they can, and because there's no alternative. People want things when they want them.
Having recently started carrying a video-enabled phone, I've wondered about watching movies on the thing, perhaps on long trips. Problem I've found is that sites offering legal video content like iTunes, Amazon and Blockbuster have crippling digital-rights management (DRM) and/or proprietary restrictions. The videos won't work on my phone. I don't like that.
It's possible to crunch a DVD into a file for dinky-screen viewing, but that's more heavy lifting than I've found time to experiment with. And it's not strictly legal, according to the FBI warnings on those things.
Streaming sites don't work for me -- Internet connections are typically too poor -- and most have territorial restrictions.
I'm looking for files that are ready to play on my open-source device, with no strings attached and no hoops to jump through.
There's the MPAA's list of legal download sites, but it's a joke. One of the links is for a site that has ads for pr0n downloads. Which is funny.
The only legal download site I've found that works for me so far is Archive.org, which is all free public-domain material. Lots of great stuff to explore.
If I could legally obtain DRM-free subtitled digital copies of newer movies like Ong-Bak 2, Red Cliff or Ponyo, I'd be happy to pay for them. I wonder how many people who are downloading the pirated torrents feel the same way?