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After a smashing starring debut in the film Ong Bak, Thai action star Tony Jaa made a film called Tom-Yum-Goong, released in the US as The Protector. Like Ong Bak, that film was directed by Prachya Pinkaew, with fights choreographed by Jaa and his mentor, Panna Rittikrai.

Now The Protector 2 is almost upon us, and while it features perhaps a too-pervasive use of digital work, there is still no shortage of the insane physical action that made Jaa’s first starring roles impossible to look away from. (Regardless of the quality of the film around him each time.) What’s RZA doing in this one? We don’t know, and it doesn’t really matter.  Read More »

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Today’s action-packed Sequel Bits contains news about spies, martial artists, giant alien robots, tortured mutants, and so much more. After the jump:

  • Transformers 5 and 6 depend on Transformers 4
  • James Mangold offers a minor Wolverine 2 update
  • Winona Ryder is “sworn to secrecy” about Beetlejuice 2
  • Simon Pegg says he’ll return for Mission: Impossible 5
  • Ong-back star Tony Jaa joins Wu Jing in SPL 2
  • Dwayne Johnson shares a fiery Fast & Furious 7 pic
  • Somehow The Hobbit is not done putting out new posters

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Vin Diesel keeps his fans happy by posting a lot of personal messages and little videos to Facebook. His latest, which is actually a “reward” to all the people who like him, is a behind the scenes video from the set of Fast & Furious 7. The film, directed by James Wan, also features Thai action phenomenon Tony Jaa, and this video features the two actors in a training session. Check it out below. Read More »

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One of the world’s best martial arts stars is coming to America. Tony Jaa, the star of the Ong Bak series, has just been cast in James Wan‘s upcoming sequel Fast and Furious 7. It’ll be his first U.S. production.
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Wesley Snipes may have high aspirations to do his own film about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the way that J. Edgar Hoover and the FBI attempted to control and/or discredit the civil rights movement. But don’t think that Mr. Snipes isn’t going to keep making regular old movies. He’s got a tax bill to pay, after all.

So here’s news of a martial arts comedy called Master Daddy that the action star should start shooting any time now. And wait until you see the guest appearance list, which kicks off with the internet’s favorite ass-kicking meme, Chuck NorrisRead More »

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Tony Jaa has had quite a career in a few short years. He became an action star with Ong Bak, tried to become a director with Ong Bak 2, which led to a rather famous meltdown and mini-exile. And now, in the wake of the less than stellar Thai opening of Ong Bak 3, Jaa has walked away from acting altogether, at least for the time being. He’s been ordained as a Bhuddist monk and will serve in that capacity for an undetermined period of time. Read More »

Ong Bak 3 Trailer: Chains and Black Magic

We’ve already shown you a teaser trailer for Ong Bak 3, in which Tony Jaa reprises the action of the previous two films. (This is a continuation of the story from Ong Bak 2.) That teaser was pretty crazy, but it was nothing compared to this full trailer, which pulls out all the stops. Watch it now, or take an elbow to the face. Read More »

Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: I celebrate all levels of trailers and hopefully this column will satisfactorily give you a baseline of what beta wave I’m operating on, because what better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? Some of the best authors will tell you that writing a short story is a lot harder than writing a long one, that you have to weigh every sentence. What better medium to see how this theory plays itself out beyond that than with movie trailers?

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