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This profile was last updated on 9/7/08  and contains information from public web pages.
 
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Tony JaaDragon ...
www.dragondynasty.com, 7 Sept 2008 [cached]
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Tycoon 'Furious' over Thai star ...
www.filmjournal.com, 19 Nov 2013 [cached]
Tycoon 'Furious' over Thai star Tony Jaa's defection
A real-life drama worthy of a movie in its own right recently unfolded in Thailand when Somsak Techaratanaprasert, owner of Sahamongkol Film, one of the country's largest studios and film distributors, threatened homegrown martial-arts star Tony Jaa with legal action due to alleged breach of contract. More >
Tony Jaa's latest has a strange ...
www.hollywoodreporter.com, 4 Dec 2008 [cached]
Tony Jaa's latest has a strange trip to the screen
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BANGKOK -- Arguably the most anticipated Thai movie ever, Tony Jaa's "Ong Bak 2" premiered this week to thousands of filmgoers happy to get a break from the real-life political drama playing out in the streets of their capital.
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It would appear that Jaa, the film's star and first-time director (real name Panom Yeerum), could finally breathe a sigh of relief that his film could open in peace today, the birthday of the country's revered king and a national holiday.
When it opens, "Ong Bak 2" will have come a long way. Just a few months ago, it seemed destined to remain in the can after the sometimes sensational Thai press reported that Jaa had fled the set after going over budget and was hiding in a jungle temple practicing black magic. Yes, really.
In addition to his disappearance and alleged bizarre behavior over the summer -- confirmed at the time by Somsak Techarat-anaprasert, CEO of producer Sahamongkol Film International -- Jaa also told police he was being followed and reportedly asked for protection.
Then, in late July, he went on a Thai television talk show to set the record straight. Wiping tears from his eyes, Jaa said he hadn't disappeared but simply needed to meditate and that he was ready to finish the movie right away.
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Jaa vaulted to action-star status with the 2003 contemporary action thriller "Ong Bak," which appears unrelated to what is nominally a sequel. (In a 2006 interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Lim said they shared similar themes but declined further comment this week.)
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Jaa later starred in the 2005 release "Tom Yum Goong" (The Protector).
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"Just based on the sales internationally, this already is Jaa's most successful film," said Lim, who put the budget at $15 million, making it the most expensive Thai film ever made.
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Tony Jaa's latest has a strange trip to the screen
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BANGKOK -- Arguably the most anticipated Thai movie ever, Tony Jaa's "Ong Bak 2" premiered this week to thousands of filmgoers happy to get a break from the real-life political drama playing out in the streets of their capital.
...
It would appear that Jaa, the film's star and first-time director (real name Panom Yeerum), could finally breathe a sigh of relief that his film could open in peace today, the birthday of the country's revered king and a national holiday.
When it opens, "Ong Bak 2" will have come a long way. Just a few months ago, it seemed destined to remain in the can after the sometimes sensational Thai press reported that Jaa had fled the set after going over budget and was hiding in a jungle temple practicing black magic. Yes, really.
In addition to his disappearance and alleged bizarre behavior over the summer -- confirmed at the time by Somsak Techarat-anaprasert, CEO of producer Sahamongkol Film International -- Jaa also told police he was being followed and reportedly asked for protection.
Then, in late July, he went on a Thai television talk show to set the record straight. Wiping tears from his eyes, Jaa said he hadn't disappeared but simply needed to meditate and that he was ready to finish the movie right away.
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Jaa vaulted to action-star status with the 2003 contemporary action thriller "Ong Bak," which appears unrelated to what is nominally a sequel. (In a 2006 interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Lim said they shared similar themes but declined further comment this week.)
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Jaa later starred in the 2005 release "Tom Yum Goong" (The Protector).
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"Just based on the sales internationally, this already is Jaa's most successful film," said Lim, who put the budget at $15 million, making it the most expensive Thai film ever made.
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farm.imdb.com, 18 Oct 2009 [cached]
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In terms of Jaa himself one really has to wonder what he is doing with his career because if films are to be his thing moving forward, then why does he appear to be going backwards in all of the aspects this involves excepting the action? In his previous films I have noted he is not very comfortable with lines and that any comic moment escapes him. Here it feels like those working with him have just given up totally and have allowed him to do little other than fight he barely has a line in the film and any plot/character development stuff is done by the child playing his character while Jaa himself looks into a fire in a remembering pose. It is weird but it is part of the reason the film doesnt engage as much as I had hoped because the main character is little other than a stunt man, albeit a very good stunt man. Im sure fans will hate me for that and not see my point but the thing is, if he is going to continue making films in Thailand (far less films that can perform abroad) then he needs more than the impressive martial arts skills he has. He needs good vehicles, he needs to work on his many weaknesses as an actor and he needs to have a supporting cast that can fill the gaps that he cannot (such as in Ong Bak). At the moment Ong Bak 2 just looks like they are happy to film him fighting and leave it at that, which I think is a real shame because this only makes for great action not a great film. Although he did a good job directing the film in some regards, this is probably a mistake because he cannot do anything about his own failings as a performer.
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Tony Jaa should learn English!!
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www.dragondynasty.com, 25 April 2008 [cached]
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Jin Xing, Johnny Tri Nguyen, Jonathan Patrick Foo, Lateef Crowder, Phetthai Wongkhamlao, Tony Jaa, Nathan B. Jones, Bongkod Kongmalai
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