Friday, October 3, 2008

A Khmer palace and sword-wielding Tony Jaa on the set of Ong-Bak 2

Thai media were invited to the set of Ong-Bak 2 in Rayong Province yesterday to have a look at the progress being made as the action star works to complete the film in time for its December 4 release.

Thai daily Kom Chad Luek carried a photo of a sword-wielding, cape-wearing Tony on today's front page.

The centerpiece of the set is a 25-million-baht replica of an ancient Khmer palace, the "Prasart Nagara of Dheva", built by Ek Iamcheun, the set designer who's been behind the production of such period films as Nonzee Nimibtur's Nang Nak and Jan Dara, Wisit Sasanatieng's Tears of the Black Tiger and Jira Maligool's The Tin Mine. leads off its October news update with links to an MCOT video interview with a look at the set and a chat with a smiling, stocking-cap clad Tony, who's looking to put the film's earlier problems behind him.

Update: A lengthy trailer for Ong-Bak 2 is playing in cinemas. I caught it before a screening of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and it was the highlight of the evening. The trailer is almost 100% cut from the Cannes promo reel, and it's really something to take in on the big screen - Web video does not do it justice.

(Photo via Kom Chad Luek by Watcharachai Klaipong)

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