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The Top 5 Best Thai Martial Arts Films Ever. Do You Agree?

In order to be a great martial art film, a movie just has to follow one rule: keep audiences entertained. Those films produced in Thailand manage to do just that, earning the praise of being home to some of the best martial arts movies. The films may lack a serious story-line, but the incredible choreography more than makes up for it all.

Narrowing down the movies to find the best is no easy task, but we came up with what we feel are the top five best Thai martial arts films. Each movie in our list features the enchanting choreography from the late famed director and martial artist Panna Rittikrai. His films used no CGI to show off each actor’s athletic prowess.

Born to Fight (2004)

This remake of the 1986 film bears little resemblance to it beyond a title. Nevertheless, it is just as action-packed and entertaining. It follows Deaw,
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Cine-Sunday: ‘Force of Five’ Review

Stars: Sasisa Jimdamanee, Johnny Nguyen, Nantawooti Boonrapsap, Arunya Pawilai, Nawarat Techarathanaprasert, Paytaai Wongkamlao | Written byNonont Kontaweesook, Napalee | Directed by Krissanapong Rachata

[Editor’s Note: Welcome to the first installment of Cine-Sunday, a new weekly feature here on Nerdly where we revisit the newly-revived Cine-Asia’s back catalogue and review the highlights. Going forward each new review will go live on Sunday’s at noon (UK time). And you can see all the Cine-Asia titles we’ve reviewed, so far, right here]

Despite their small size and inexperience, having grown up under the roof of a Muay Thai school two young brothers and their friends have become highly skilled, if undisciplined, martial artists. Sadly, the youngest of the gang suffers from an acute heart condition, which following a minor scuffle with some local bullies lands him in hospital and desperately in need of a life-saving transplant. Fortunately, a viable heart soon becomes available at another local hospital, but before it can be transferred the building is overtaken by rebel soldiers-turned-terrorists prepared to kill if their politically-driven demands are not met by the authorities.

With only four hours in which the surgery can be performed successfully, the young friends take it upon themselves to infiltrate the hospital and retrieve the donated organ.
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100 Great Kung Fu Movies – Part 2 (79-60)

When it comes to making features like this one, i love the idea of coming up with my own personal “100 Great Kung Fu Movies” of all time. It is tough choosing just 100 because you know there are many more great Kung Fu movies that are not on the list.

I have decided that to make the list, a movie must have a few hand to hand moments during fight scenes in the movies chosen. If for example its mainly sword play with one fight scene hand to hand it won’t make the list. Its old school “style” Kung Fu movies, not modern day settings.

I understand everyone will have their own personal favorites and some may not agree with my list and that’s fine because it’s nice to have different opinions on this genre which keeps it fresh and alive when having good debates.

Anyway, thank you
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Jackie Chan Wraps Shanghai’s First Action Movie Week

Jackie Chan Wraps Shanghai’s First Action Movie Week
The Shanghai festival’s first Jackie Chan Action Movie Week wrapped with a sweet, but largely unnecessary, awards show.

The prizes, apparently chosen by the Shanghai public using Qq social media, were dominated by recent Chinese actioner “Wolf Warriors.” One also went, posthumously, to Thai director and action choreographer Panna Rittikrai, who died of cancer last year.

The gala brought to a close a well-intentioned event that kicked off five days earlier with a debate involving Jeffrey Katzenberg, Rob Cohen and Chinese star Wu Jing about the action genre, and played a program of 25 local and international action films.

The ceremony, at the Oriental TV Theater in the Pudong district, was gaudy, and the prizes – heavy, metal replicas of Jackie Chan’s hand in a thumbs up gesture – were tacky. But with only a couple of showpiece, martial arts-themed skits, and only seven prizes to be handed out, the session breezed by.
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5 Awesome End Fight Scenes – Part 4

What we lack more and more these days are epic fight scenes in the final part of kung Fu/Martial Art movies. We have seen less and less one on one fight scenes in the final battle over the past 15-20 years, which is a shame but we have seen recently a few flicks bringing that winning formula back.

I want to name a few of my favorite end fight scenes and please feel free to comment below, your favorite fight scenes and maybe they will be added to the future features. I only add fight scenes which i can find the clips for on youtube, so some classics might not be added to the lists.

1.Drunken Master 2 (1994)

Cast:Jackie Chan, Lau Kar Leung, Ti Lung, Anita Mui, Ken Lo, Andy Lau, Mark Houghton

Fight Choreographer: Lau Kar Leung, Jackie Chan

2.Ong Bak 2 (2008)

Cast:Tony Jaa, Nirut Sirichanya, Sorapong Chatree,
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5 Awesome End Fight Scenes – Part 1

What we lack more and more these days are epic fight scenes in the final part of kung Fu/Martial Art movies. We have seen less and less one on one fight scenes in the final battle over the past 15-20 years, which is a shame but we have seen recently a few flicks bringing that winning formula back.

I want to name a few of my favorite end fight scenes and please feel free to comment below, your favorite fight scenes and maybe they will be added to the future features.

Dragons Forever

1.Dragons Forever (1988)

Cast:Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung, Yuen Biao, Yuen Wah, Benny The Jet, Billy Chow, Philip Ko, Pauline Yeung , Deannie Yip

Fight Choreographer:Sammo Hung and Crew, Jackie Chan and Crew, Corey Yuen

Snake Deadly Act

2.Snake Deadly Act (1980)

Cast:Fung Hak On, Wilson Tong, Ng Kwan Lung, Chan Wai Man, Phillip Ko

Fight Choreographer:
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Vengeance of an Assassin – DVD, Blu-ray & Digital release

The good people from “Well Go USA Entertainment” presents Vengeance of an Assassin, directed by the legendary fight choreographer and film director, Panna Rittikrai. This kick ass action movie debuts on April 14th on DVD, Blu-Ray and Digital format. This movie reunite Rittikrai with Dan Chupong (“Born to Fight”). The cast also stars Nantawut Boonrupsup (“Force of Five”), Nisachon Tuamsoongnern, Kessarin Akethawatkul, Chatchapol Kulsiriwuttichai (“Ong-bak 2”), Ping Lumpraplearng and Kovit Wattankul.

Vengeance of an Assassin

Director: Panna Rittikrai

Script: Panna Rittikrai

Cast: Nantawooti Boonrapsap, Dan Chupong

Production: Thailand | 2014

Original Title: Rew thalu rew

Genre: Action | Drama

Duration: 90 minutos

Price: $24.98 (DVD) | $29.98 (Blu-Ray)

Synopsis

The Assassins’ Code: Stick to the mission. Never take your eyes off the target. Show no mercy. Natee (Dan Chupong) became a killer for one reason- to discover who killed his parents. As he gets closer to uncovering a secret network of power and corruption, he’s double-crossed on a job,
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Combat Soccer In Latest Behind The Scenes Clip From Rittikrai's Vengeance Of An Assassin

The last time Dan Chupong starred for director Panna Rittikrai it was for Born To Fight, a film that - other than stuntman Chupong - was populated almost entirely with national level Thai athletes across a variety of disciplines including, yes, the national soccer team. Most of the footie themed stunts in Born To Fight, though, were executed using CGI which clearly did not sit quite right with Rittikrai because he's going back to the combat soccer arena in the upcoming Vengeance Of An Assassin and this time it's all real.How do you pull of something like this on the big screen? Handily enough for us there's a new behind the scenes reel from the film that shows us. It's one hell of a goofy...

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Get Behind The Scenes Of Panna Rittikrai's Vengeance Of An Assassin

Though the now sadly departed action maestro Panna Rittikrai was best known as a fight choreographer thanks to his long history with Ong Bak star Tony Jaa his skill set actually ran far deeper than that and I would suggest that as good as his martial arts work was, Rittikrai's true genius lay in his ability to stage and execute long take action sequences. Need an example? Go back to Born To Fight and check out the over-the-shoulder perspective based assault sequence of Dan Chupong making his way through the village with a shotgun ... it's one of the best video game inspired perspective sequences ever captured on film.And it's this part of Rittikrai's repertoire being explored in a pair of new promo videos for...

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Panna Rittikrai Exits In Style With Balls-Out Insane Vengeance Of An Assassin Trailer

Weep for the loss of Panna Rittikrai for when the acclaimed Thai fight choreographer succumbed to illness earlier this year the fight world lost a simply enormous talent. While Rittikrai has often been viewed as a secondary player in the rise of Tony Jaa and Thai action cinema, known primarily as Ong Bak director Prachya Pinkaew's go-to fight guy, I have long been of the opinion that putting Rittikrai in any sort of secondary role does him a great disservice. As a performer and director he laid the groundwork for everything that Pinkaew has done since and, frankly, I think Rittikrai was a better director - one who knew his audience better and would go to absolutely any lengths to deliver adrenaline fueled thrills. Case...

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Hey Australia! Don't Miss Madman's Massive August Giveaway!

It's the beginning of the month and so it's time for another massive giveaway competition from Madman. This month, we have three massive prize packs to give away! They are:1) The Raid 2 / Panna Rittikrai Prize Pack (pictured above): - The Raid 1 and 2, Merantau (Blu-rays or DVDs)- Ong Bak 1, 2 and 3, Chocolate, Bangkok Knockout, Born To Fight, This Girl Is Bad Ass (DVDs)2) The Bridge / Killing / Protectors Prize Pack (pictured below): - The Bridge Series 1 and 2 Collections (DVDs)- The Killing Trilogy (DVDs)- The Protectors Series 1 and 2 (DVDs)3) The Manga / Anime Prize Pack (pictured below): - Volume 1 of each of these Urawasa manga series: 20th Century Boys, Pluto, Monster- Astro Boy 60s collection (DVDs)- Astro Boy 80s collection (DVDs)For...

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Thai Action Director Panna Rittikrai Dies at 53

Thai actor, stuntman, fight choreographer, producer and director Panna Rittikrai died in a Bangkok hospital on Sunday from acute renal failure following a short battle with liver disease. He was 53. Rittikrai rose to global prominence alongside action star Tony Jaa after the breakout success of 2003's Ong-Bak: Muay Thai Warrior, a film that put the spotlight on their energetic wire-free and realistic muay boran fighting style. Rittikrai was a long time mentor to Jaa and many other Thai action stars. Photos Hollywood's 100 Favorite Films  Born Krittiya Lardphanna in Thailand's North East, Rittikrai's career in the Thai

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Panna Rittikrai dies aged 53

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Panna Rittikrai dies aged 53
Panna Rittikrai, the action choreographer who introduced Thai action movies to world audiences, has died aged 53.

According to local press reports, Panna died from liver disease on Sunday in a Bangkok hospital. He had been battling illness since November 2013.

Born in 1961 in Khon Kaen province, Panna started working in the Bangkok film industry in 1979 training actors to fight. After moving back to his hometown, he put together his own stunt team and started making action movies. He trained Tony Jaa and had a major hit in 2003 with Ong Bak, produced by Sahamongkolfilm.

Directed by Prachya Pinkaew, Ong Bak introduced a new style of realistic, wire-free action choreography and put the Thai martial art of Muay Thai on the world map. It was swiftly followed by Tom Yum Goong (aka The Protector), reuniting the same team.

Panna soon turned director, as well as action choreographer, and directed a string of films for Sahamongkol including The Bodyguard, Ong Bak 2 and
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Panna Rittikrai, Muay Thai Action Maestro, Dead at 53

Panna Rittikrai, Muay Thai Action Maestro, Dead at 53
Seoul – Panna Rittikrai, Thailand’s leading martial arts stuntman, choreographer and film director, died Sunday (July 20, 2014) age 53.

Rittikrai was mentor to Thailand’s contemporary martial arts stars Tony Jaa and Jeeja Janin, among others.

His credits include directing “Born to Fight” (in 1986 and again in 2004) and “Ong Bak” parts 2 and 3 and action choreography on and “Tom Yum Goong” (aka “The Protector”). He also appeared as an actor-fighter-stuntman in over 50 movies from 1982-2010.

Rittikrai died in hospital in Bangkok from complications brought on by acute liver and kidney failure. It was also recently discovered that he had a brain tumor as well.

Born as Krittiya Lardphanna and hailing originally from the northeastern Isaan region, Rittikrai started his film career by providing physical training to Thai actors in Bangkok. He later returned to his home province and formed the Ppn Stunt Team / Muay Thai Stunt Team, with which he started making films.
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Panna Rittikrai Has Sadly Passed Away – R.I.P (1961-2014)

Panna Rittikrai, the action choreographer who brought us Tony Jaa and Jeejaa Yanin has sadly passed away at the age of 53. It was said Panna was suffering from a long illness, which he sadly did not come through. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends at this sad time.

Panna had some great movies under his belt as choreographer, he brought the world Tony Jaa (Ong Bak movies) and more recently Tom Yum Goong 2. Also we seen Jeeja Yanin come through in the movie Chocolate and Dan Chupong (Born To Fight).

Panna started off by forming his own 20 man stunt team and was driven by watching movies from Jackie Chan and Bruce Lee. In an interview he once said “When the audience realises that the stunt-work is real — that they’re not special effects — they’ll regard it not only as spectacle but as something more high-impact,
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Thai Martial Arts Choreographer Panna Ritthikrai Dead At 53

Reports are surfacing from Thailand that celebrated martial arts choreographer and film director Panna Ritthikrai has died from liver disease, aged 53.Ritthikrai is probably best known for his work with action star Tony Jaa in films such as the Ong-Bak and Tom Yum Goong series, but he also directed a number of features including The Bodyguard and the fantastic olympian-actioner Born to Fight. He was an integral player in the new wave of Thai action cinema that took the world by storm at the start of the 21st century, and continued to be a pivotal force until the very end. Gareth Evans, director of Indonesian action flick The Raid, tweeted earlier today "What Panna and Jaa did w/ Ong Bak revitalised martial arts cinema. The importance of...

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The Protector 2 (aka Tom Yum Goong 2, 2013) Movie Review

Muay Thai expert and martial arts star Tony Jaa returns with “Tom Yum Goong 2” (a.k.a. “The Protector 2” or “Warrior King 2”, depending on the territory), the follow up to his highly popular elephant defending 2005 hit. The film sees him reteaming with director Prachya Pinkaew and action choreographer Panna Rittikrai, who he worked with on the original, as well as “Ong Bak” and more. As expected from a sequel, the film sticks to the concept of its predecessor and, for better or worse, takes things up several notches, with a bigger budget, 3D effects and even crazier large scale action scenes. Jaa again plays Kham, the film opening with him living a peaceful life in the countryside and teaching young kids martial arts while taking care of his beloved elephant Khon, a sacred beast he is sworn to protect. After Khon is snatched again and Kham is framed
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Jaa's Management Responds To Threatened Lawsuit: "Thailand abolished slavery many years ago."

Yesterday Twitch reported on a new conference in Thailand in which Sahamongkol head Sia Jiang, Ong Bak director Prachya Pinkaew and fight choreographer Panna Rittikrai appeared before Thai press, stated that Tony Jaa was under a new ten year contract with Sahamongkol, that he had breached said contract by signing on for a role in Fast And Furious 7 without their permission, and that they intended to sue if this was not rectified immediately. Later in the day we received word from Jaa's management saying not true, there is no contract in place. Here's the complete statement:As Tony Jaa's manager I am posting this in his behalf. Tony has always had the greatest respect for Sahamongkol and the people behind Sahamongkol. He is therefore saddened...

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Sahamongkol Threatens Tony Jaa With Lawsuit Over Fast And Furious Role

Sometimes the side show just never seems to end ...Thai action star Tony Jaa is, once again, in the center of a controversy with his Ong Bak and Tom Yum Goong producers at Sahamongkol film, this time thanks to his announced casting in the upcoming Fast And Furious 7. Jaa had recently signed a ten year contract with the studio - his second such contract - and earlier this week studio head Sia Jang, Ong Bak director Prachya Pinkaew and choreographer Panna Rittikrai called a joint press conference in which they told Thai press that Jaa had breached his contract by accepting the part without their permission and that if he failed to secure said permission - they never specified what would be required to...

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Fight Flick Fortnight: ‘Force of Five’ Review

Stars: Sasisa Jimdamanee, Johnny Nguyen, Nantawooti Boonrapsap, Arunya Pawilai, Nawarat Techarathanaprasert, Paytaai Wongkamlao | Written byNonont Kontaweesook, Napalee | Directed by Krissanapong Rachata

Despite their small size and inexperience, having grown up under the roof of a Muay Thai school two young brothers and their friends have become highly skilled, if undisciplined, martial artists. Sadly, the youngest of the gang suffers from an acute heart condition, which following a minor scuffle with some local bullies lands him in hospital and desperately in need of a life-saving transplant. Fortunately, a viable heart soon becomes available at another local hospital, but before it can be transferred the building is overtaken by rebel soldiers-turned-terrorists prepared to kill if their politically-driven demands are not met by the authorities.

With only four hours in which the surgery can be performed successfully, the young friends take it upon themselves to infiltrate the hospital and retrieve the donated organ.
See full article at Blogomatic3000 »
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