International action star Tony Jaa is a long time favorite for many martial arts fans, best known for his brilliant execution of Muay Thai on the big screen that pays homage to the greatest of greats in Hong Kong Cinema, and even upped the antee for the Thai action industry. That said, Jaa is now back in the headlines with new films in store for the fanbase, including his newly announced role for James Wan’s September filming of Fast And Furious 7.
So now, with Jaa soon to appear in the October 24 domestic 3D release of Tom Yum Goong 2 and reaching a level of his career where he can now branch out to other markets, Jaa has been ramping up his publicity efforts with a few videos this month. The first video shows Jaa performing publicly with a stunt crew and a special four-legged guest at the Siam Crown Kennell Fan Club a few weeks ago. The second shows Jaa in unique fashion, performing routines stylized to illustrate what looks like his own little homage to the King Of Pop, Michael Jackson.
I have to say, I like the second video. I remember seeing Moonwalker on V.H.S. a long time ago. (Remember those? Lol). If there’s ever a day Tony decides to do an experimental Moonwalker shortfilm spin-off, I’m more than welcome to it. I’m not suggesting this is likely, but just sharing interest.
Either way, think its safe to say that Jaa hasn’t lost his edge. He may have been asleep and nearly made fans weary between Ong Bak 2 and 3, in addition to the last several years. But all in all, it’s very appealing to see the new father and husband of recent years begin to come into his own. On top of this, he is leading his path to Hollywood and riding one of the biggest and most successful franchises to date with Vin Diesel and Co.
2014 is already looking to be more than what was expected of 2013. And 2013 has been a busy, hectic year for action cinema. We’ve had some slips and misses, and even a no-show for at least one title this year. But I think 2014 will be the year we will all be blown away.
Then again…you never know.
Watch Tony Jaa get his kicks in the embeds below!
jaa Demo 24 Aug 13 from Michael Selby on Vimeo.
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