I recently had the chance to see The Protector 2which is available right now on VOD on iTunes and Amazon. The Protector 2 is actor Tony Jaa’s follow-up to The Protector, which has one of the most impressive long continuous shots I’ve ever seen in an action film. Based on the strength of that shot alone, I figured the sequel was worth giving a chance, even if it does contain RZA’s acting.

Turns out, this movie is by far the most insane martial arts film of 2014. Hit the jump to learn why. SPOILERS follow.
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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 »