Martial arts movie fans who have caught Ong Bak or The Protector (or Tom Yum Goong as The Protector is known anywhere the Weinstein Company doesn’t change a movie’s title before distributing it) knows that Tony Jaa is perhaps more than human.
As a master of muay thai or Thai Boxing, Jaa has amazed audiences the world over with the speed, grace and sometimes fierce brutality of his martial arts prowess.
If you are not familiar with Jaa, check out the promotional reel below for his upcoming film Ong Bak 2*. In addition to starring and choreographing all the fight sequences, Jaa is making his directorial debut with this film. Even more impressive is seeing Jaa branching out as a martial artist in this film, utilizing various weapons and other styles of fighting.
This clip was screened at Cannes in an attempt to get distribution for the film. To date, unfortunately, no US distributor has picked up the film.
*Although it is being called a sequel, Ong Bak 2 appears to be a period piece as opposed to the original film’s modern setting, making it a prequel.
Additional Reading- Tony Jaa Talks The Protector