Monday, August 9, 2010

Martial Art Monday

Tom Yum Goong (Thailand, 2005) - Color, Director: Prachya Pinkaew
aka "The Protector" - USA
MPAA Rating: R
Approx. 108 min.

Z-rating: 9 out of 10 stars for pure martial arts ass-kicking entertainment

Tony Jaa stars in another ass kicking movie... this time involving the death of his father and the kidnapping of his elephant. Alright... so the story is practically irrelevant in this types of movies. Whether it's an elephant or the head of a statue, we all just wanna see someone get beat down in a flashy manner. There are some amazing urban fight scenes that really demonstrate why, for awhile there at least, Tony was being touted as the next Jackie Chan. As far as hard-hitting, fast-paced, pure kick ass entertainment goes, it really doesn't get much better than this. There's an awesome Capoeira vs. Muay Thai battle when Tony Jaa faces off against Lateef Crowder. This movie also features the infamous staircase fight sequence that was one continuous shot.

Daaaaamn. Who isn't wet?


  1. I thought his dad lives?

  2. Oh, serious? I had no idea. I actually thought he was just going after the elephant the whole time. Wasn't until my 3rd or 4th viewing of this movie did I realize that they actually shot his father. Still, some of the best fighting I've ever seen in any movie... ever.