Cannes 2010: Panna Rittikrai Prepares BANGKOK KNOCKOUT

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Cannes 2010: Panna Rittikrai Prepares BANGKOK KNOCKOUT
Though Tony Jaa's Ong Bak 3 failed to top the Thai box office on release - and there is a very good reason for that, sadly - all is not lost in the world of Thai action film. While walking through the market today an exec from production house Sahamongkol film pulled me aside with some very exciting news: Panna Rittikrai is currently wrapping up directorial duties on multi-discipline fight film Bangkok Knockout.

For the uninitiated, Rittikrai was the star of stacks of low budget action films in the 1970s and 1980s, is the mentor of stars Tony Jaa, Dan Chupong and Jija Yanin and has been the principal fight choreographer on virtually all of Sahamongkol's fight films since the original Ong Bak. He is also an accomplished director in his own right - his most recent directorial effort, Born To Fight, still stands as my favorite of the Sahamongkol action films. Yes, I like it better than Ong Bak - and arguably the man most responsible for the look and feel of current Thai action cinema. He's also one hell of a fighter himself and accomplished in many different disciplines, an awful lot of which he's putting on screen in this one. Film Business Asia got some details on the film and according to them the film "features a group of 'fight club' pals whose styles [nine in total] vary from Muay Thai and Capoeira to kung fu and Tai Chi. When one of their number is kidnapped they find themselves fighting for their lives."

And, yes, that article also mentions plans for an upcoming Chocolate 2 plus other projects, so get over there and read.
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EmoryMay 15, 2010 6:41 PM

Wait, what do you mean by your Ong Bak 3 comment? WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT!!!

krookbythabookMay 15, 2010 8:49 PM

What he means is the movie is a piece of trash!!! There is barely any action and too many pointless scenes. Damnnn Tony u fucked up!!! I just hope he makes this movie with Donnie Yen.

JayMay 17, 2010 11:18 AM

sorry, but Krook is WRONG! it's not because the movie is a 'piece of trash'. people don't go out to the movies much while there is violence in the streets because of the coup d'etat that's being going on ...

ImprovisationMay 17, 2010 1:22 PM

Wow, I didn't even realize Ong Bak 3 has been out for a few weeks...any release date on a DVD?