For all of those who were blown away by Tony Jaa's mind-boggling antics in the recent smash hit Ong-Bak, your wait for more Jaa action is almost over. Not only does Jaa make a cameo appearance in the upcoming The Bodyguard (to be released on DVD in the UK on 19th September - our review is coming shortly), but you can now also check out the new trailer for Jaa's next headlining film, the elephant-loving Tom Yum Goong.
Again, there will be no wires or CGI used in the film, which is pretty staggering when you see what these guys get up to in the trailer, including high-kicking street lamps, severe 'connecting' head-kicks, leaping onto helicopters and an un-human ability to scale walls in single bounds.
The film will be released in Asia (HK, Thailand, Sth Korea, Singapore and Taiwan) later this month, and hopefully the West before the end of the year. The film is directed by Prachya Pinkaew who produced Ong-Bak before directing the upcoming Born To Fight (released in the UK in September - read our review here) and judging by the trailer it's looking like it's going to be a veritable visual feast of action and comedy.
Tom Yum Goong is the story of a young man named Kham (Tony Jaa) whose life is turned upside down when an international mafia syndicate, based in Australia, captures his two beloved elephants and smuggles them thousands of kilometers away to Sydney (hmm.. not much like Ong-Bak then).
The two elephants are part of the family and were being prepared to be presented as a token of devotion to his Majesty the King of Thailand. The only way Kham can possibly save the animals is by venturing into a foreign land for the first time.
Taking on a mafia group to rescue two elephants from a foreign country presents a huge challenge, even for a martial arts master like Kham. Despite the help of Sergeant Mark (Petchthai Wongkamlao), a Thai police Sergeant based in Australia , and Pla (Bongkuch Kongmalai), a Thai girl forced into modern day slavery, the going gets tough. They must take on the ruthless gang of Madame Rose (Jing Xing), whose henchmen include Johnny (Johnny Nguyen), a Vietnamese thief and martial arts expert, and the hulking TK (Nathan Jones).
Kham has no choice but to risk his own life for the animals he loves…
8th Jun 04 The film opens with a very similar voiceover narration to the original (see Trivia) but with different footage as we tour the furnace room, all fingernail scratches and blood-clotted hair, of the Hewitt residence.