Tony Jaa

by alphamonkey on May 4, 2005 · 10 comments

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Tony Jaa is the star of the Thai action hit Ong Bak (which has YET to come to Kansas City, dammit), which won over a lot of critics based on the sheer awesome physicality of Jaa.  Here’s a clip of him showing off some moves for a junket or some such gathering.  It’s impressive in itself, but the real stunner is his last kick, which just made my jaw drop.

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  • killdozr

    it came to KC (overland park, actually) and played for two weeks at the AMC on 119th.

    solly cholly.

  • Shadow Stalker

    My favorite in that set was the backflip board break.  The last kick was just an uncontrolled jump, so doesn’t count.

  • .alphamonkey.

    Doesn’t count how?

  • Shadow Stalker

    Doesn’t count as a martial arts move.  It doesn’t even count as a gymnastics move.

  • .alphamonkey.

    It certainly counts as a “I kicked your head off your body move when you were one story above me move”.

  • Shadow Stalker

    I doubt he could hit that hard with it, that’s why he just knocked a pad out of the guy’s hand instead of breaking a board.

  • .alphamonkey.

    I’ll give you a dollar to let him do that to your head.

  • Shadow Stalker

    You’re on.

  • The Scarlet Harlot

    Yeah, what he says. That last move was pretty jaw dropping.

  • MonkeeDoo

    I had the pleasure of seeing this movie (the more violent of the two American releases, no less) and let me tell you, as a fan of the martial arts movies, this one has some real beefy hits.  None of that Jet Li, Wu Shu theatre fighting.  There were some scenes (like the one near the end where he grabs his ankles, for those scoring at home) that, at its most choreographed and rehearsed, still had to really, REALLY hurt.  No way around it. 

    I was fully anticipating the x-ray-of-the-skull-crushing sequence straight out of The Street Fighter, but it didn’t happen.  Absolutely could have, though, and more than once.  Hooray for a new little bit of the old ultra violence.

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