Simon Kook. Exactly like Tony Jaa only... um...

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Simon Kook. Exactly like Tony Jaa only... um...
A wee bit late on this one. Okay, a lot. But since it was only last month that we had raised the question about who could take over the mantel of action star in Thailand it seems fitting to follow up on it with some new material about one time stand in for Tony Jaa and Johnny Nguyen, Simon Kook. 

I'll sum it up like this. Anything Tony Jaa can do, I can do... the same. I don't want to condemn the man right away but if this short film Siam Fighter [after the break] is any indication while there is no denying that Simon Kook has skills this looks exactly like anything that Tony Jaa has done before his career took an abrupt halt after the Ong Bak debacle. It doesn't help that Simon looks EXACTLY like Tony. The skills are there. The presentation does not do him justice nor does it distinguish him from Jaa. 

If someone in Thailand wants Kook to take the lead they're going to have to help him stand out from the crowd. Because according to WiseKwai the poor fight direction in The Microchip wasn't the showcase we hoped it would be for Kook. 

Or. Get Dan Chupong in front a camera again. 
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PapigiulioMarch 26, 2011 10:26 PM

what the hell was this? it looks awful. He looks like a michael jackson version of Tony Yaa. Cinematography sucks, there is not speed in these action scenes and as stated by the writer, been there, done that.

mascareiroMarch 26, 2011 11:56 PM

Oh my god, c'mon... forgot his name, but the guy from born to fight is the right one, only don't make him star in ridiculous movies or playing ridiculous characters, make him a freaking police officer fighting baddies for 3 movies and you're good, for christ sake... the guy has it all, he has charimas, skills and a "go for it" attitude that can only be praised.

nikthewerelionMarch 27, 2011 1:13 AM

c'mon people its a short film and for what it was i think it was great. ill be interested to see what simon kook can do when hes in a bigger budget movie. hope he will make it cuz we really need someone to take jaas place if he doesnt return. i think it will either be chapong or this guy.

xinoMarch 27, 2011 11:53 AM

good find man!

he looks EXACTLY like Tony Jaa! And fights exactly like him too although he's much slower than Jaa. All he needs is more training and he'll move fluid just like Jaa.

Thailand is mad man, all these people!:)

He's also taller than Jaa.

Men..I can't watch this movie, feels low budget but with great camera.

Someone needs to sponsor this guy man, once he gets sponsored, he does hard work training then he'll be set!

Although people would not accept him very well like Jaa, many would criticise him of being a wanna be Jaa.
Much like how many criticise Iko Uwis:/

electricheadMarch 27, 2011 12:05 PM

What was with that boat scene, where he takes flight after touching the first boat?

cyberstrikeMarch 27, 2011 3:28 PM
Andrew MackMarch 27, 2011 6:01 PM

No one is going to criticize Iko after 'The Raid'. Totally different side of him in that one.

Todd BrownMarch 27, 2011 10:06 PM

Yeah, I've spent the last four days on set of The Raid and it looks amazing. Iko and Yayan (Eric in Merantau) are both on top form and they've brought in a couple new guys who are pretty great. Joe Taslim - Indonesian judo champion - is going to be the breakout guy in this one. Totally different story, totally different tone than Merantau.

i.speedrazorMarch 28, 2011 8:20 AM

Looks like Tony Jaa?? Yeah, maybe if you've never seen another Thai person before.

GozanMarch 28, 2011 3:19 PM

Thai martial arts don't need a new Tony Jaa. They need a new Lo Lieh.

shaktijaaApril 13, 2011 3:46 PM

I can appreciate the 'effort' put in to this trailer.Other than that,what a sorry idea!Anyone who thinks he looks like,or moves like Jaa,has not seen many Martial Arts movies.Especially, Tony Jaa movies.I think this was a sad mistake for Simon Kook,killing his 'career' before he even gets recognized.Sad really.Bad management there.
Dan Chupong should NOT have taken the role,and I look forward to seeing more of him in his own stuff.
Good luck Simon Kook,get a new agent!

RSomchaiApril 27, 2011 1:41 AM

there is only one Tony Jaa this guy sucks

RSomchaiApril 27, 2011 1:48 AM

so he is a copy of Tony Jaa just not as good lol we have that already his name is Deaw Chupong lol this is a joke lol love the 300 music :P

ErikaMarch 18, 2012 9:42 AM

I think Jaa and kook would be good in a movie together. I really dont think kook could outdo Jaa. I think he's really good however. I DONT think they look alike...just say'n I think Jaa is a lot more attractive (no offence kook, you dont look bad, just not as good as jaa). either way, Kook is very good but Jaa seems exceptional. I would love to see more awsome martial art films from them (both). I think they might just need to get a lil more recognition. I still know a lot of people who never heard of Ong Bak or the Protector or Jaa for that matter. so Kook will have a ways to go b4 he starts to stand out.

ssatyammMay 24, 2012 7:37 AM

his´╗┐ director should have made him look different ..or played him in villain role..ofcourse he got very good talent...he looks like Jaa ... but does have good skills.its bad that Jaa got lucky with quick bubbles.Kook should have cared about all those looks and fight choreography that made him look exactly Jaa ...people are already fan of Jaa so he would get fierce criticism for sure.