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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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Tony Jaa + Iko Uwais in Teaser Trailer for Action Movie 'Triple Threat'

"We find them, we kill them, no messin' about." Well Go USA has debuted a brief teaser trailer for the new action film Triple Threat, from stuntman-turned-director Jesse V. Johnson, who also has the film Savage Dogs being released this year. Triple Threat features one hell of a kick ass cast - mainly action superstars Tony Jaa and Iko Uwais teaming up, along with more action stars: Michael Jai White, Scott Adkins, Celina Jade, Michael Bisping, Selina Lo, JeeJa Yanin, Ron Smoorenburg, and Tiger Hu Chen. Not that the plot matters much with this cast, but it's about a team of mercenaries who must take on a group of professional assassins and stop them before they kill an important woman. This looks like it'll be badass. Here's the very first teaser trailer for Jesse V. Johnson's Triple Threat, direct from YouTube: A hit contract is taken out on a
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Sdcc: Tony Jaa, Iko Uwais and Tiger Chen team up in trailer for Triple Threat

The first trailer has debuted for the upcoming action thriller Triple Threat. Directed by Jesse V. Johnson, the film sees Tony Jaa, Iko Uwais and Tiger Chen leading a cast that also includes Michael Jai White, Scott Adkins, Michael Bisping, Celina Jade, Jeeja Yanin, and Michael Wong; check it out below…

A hit contract is taken out on a billionaires daughter intent on bringing down a major crime syndicate. A down and out team of mercenaries must take on a group of professional assassins and stop them before they kill their target.

Triple Threat is slated for release later this year.
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Triple Threat Teaser: Tony Jaa, Iko Uwais and Tiger Chen Team-Up

In which the headline says it all and I don't need to write anything else... Okay, well, that's not quite true. Only a few days after announcing they accquired the North American rights, WellGo USA has dropped a teaser to what is no doubt going to be a hotly anticipated title for 2018. Triple Threat sees Iko Uwais (The Raid: Redemption), Tony Jaa (Ong Bak) and Tiger Chen (Man of Tai Chi) as a band of rag-tag mercs who take on a gang of profesh assassins led by Scott Adkins. Directed by stunt veteran Jesse V. Johnson and co-starring Michael Jai White, Celina Jade and Jeeja Yanin, Triple Threat looks to hit the spot for those in need of some raw martial arts action. Watch...

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Watch The Awesome Comic Con Trailer For ‘Triple Threat’

The Comic Con trailer for the upcoming movie Triple Threat has landed online after debuting at the San Diego Comic Con. This film boasts an impressive cast in terms of its action stars, including Tony Jaa, Iko Uwais, Tiger Chen, Celina Jade, Michael Jai White, Jeeja Yanin, Scott Adkins, Michael Bisping, and Michael Wong.

Here’s the synopsis:

A hit contract is taken out on a billionaires daughter intent on bringing down a major crime syndicate. A down and out team of mercenaries must take on a group of professional assassins and stop them before they kill their target.

No idea as to when this one is being let loose, but we’ll keep you posted. For now, just enjoy this awesome action-packed trailer.

Source: We Go USA

The post Watch The Awesome Comic Con Trailer For ‘Triple Threat’ appeared first on The Hollywood News.
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Mulan: can it work as a live-action movie?

Katie Smith-Wong May 31, 2017

With plans afoot for a live action take on Mulan, we look at the challenges facing Disney...

After more than 50 years of making animated features, Disney have now turned their attention to live-action adaptations of their famous films. After releases such as 101 Dalmatians (1996), Maleficent (2014) and Cinderella (2015), the studio's new creative direction has earned critical acclaim and financial success. It is also making its mark on the global box office, as the recently released Beauty And The Beast remake has earned small change in the region of $1.2bn and counting.

Among the upcoming remakes planned is Mulan, which already has fans of the 1998 Disney film debating about its faithfulness to the animated feature. That's especially so given reports about director Niki Caro's indecisiveness regarding the inclusion of songs such as Honour To Us All and I'll Make A Man Out Of You, as well as the
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Cine-Sunday: ‘Raging Phoenix’ Review

Stars: Jija Yanin, David Bueno, Marc Nghi Hoang | Written by Sompope Vejchapipat | Directed by Rashane Limtrakul

Deu, a rock and roll drummer abandoned by her family and recently sacked from her band, finds herself being pursued by a gang of kidnappers. She is rescued from their clutches by Sanim, a master of an obscure drunken fighting technique known as Meyraiyuth. After informing Deu that she is the target of the Jaguar Gang, a group of criminals who kidnap young women and extract their pheromones to sell as a potent aphrodisiac on the black market, Sanim and his three sidekicks – Pigshit, Dogshit and Bullshit – agree to train her in their unique methods of combat. Her training complete, Deu insists on joining Sanim and the others in infiltrating the Jaguar Gang’s underground lair and bringing down their lucrative and exploitative people trafficking empire. Their mission brings them face to face with
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10 essential martial arts heroines

Craig Lines Feb 9, 2017

Cynthia Rothrock, Michelle Yeoh, Maggie Cheung and more feature, as we salute the female stars of martial arts movies...

It’s arguably a rare sight when female characters lead a major genre film, and last year’s online Ghostbusters drama proves it’s still, depressingly, a controversial choice if they do. Too often, female characters are reduced to sidekicks, damsels, sex objects and caricatures. It sometimes feels like every day there’s a new statistic about women being under-represented in Hollywood and while, to some extent, things are looking brighter and more diverse by the day, it’s an uphill struggle. Still, as we wait for Hollywood to get its act together, I thought I’d celebrate a genre where awesome, strong, multi-faceted female characters have led casts as a regular occurrence for decades - martial arts!

See related Netflix's Stranger Things: Shawn Levy interview Netflix's
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Amp’s list of the Best Martial Arts Movies in 2016

Last Updated: Dec 17, 2015 @ 3:10 Pm

2016 is shaping up to be a classic year for fans of martial arts / action movies. All of the big names are back , Donnie Yen, Jackie Chan, Jet Li, Sammo Hung and lets not forget Jean Claude Van Damme.

So you don’t miss out , we’ve compiled a list of stand out movies which we think you should not miss.

So without further delay here are Amp’s Best Martial Arts Movies to look forward to in 2016

Note: Bookmark this article as we will keep this updated with more news, pictures, posters, trailers as we get them.

ContentsThe Best Martial Arts Movies To Look Forward To In 2016Ip Man 3 (Donnie Yen) Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon : Sword of Destiny (Donnie Yen, Michelle Yeoh)Kickboxer: Vengeance(Jean-Claude Van Damme)The Deadly Reclaim (Wu Jing)The Monkey King 2 (Aaron Kwok)Rail Road Tigers (Jackie Chan)Kung Fu Yoga
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Never Back Down 3: Jeeja Yanin, Michael Jai White

I think many people will be happy with the news that Jeeja Yanin has signed on to star in the International movie series Never Back Down. Jeeja recently starred in Tom Yum Goong 2 and also shot a fight scene for a tv series in Thailand, making her mark on audiences all over the world.

It is fantastic to see Jeeja Yanin getting a role, all her hard work in past movies and constant hard training has paid off and we couldn’t be happier. Michael jai White will also appear in the movie and you never know, we could get a cameo from Tony Jaa if we are lucky.

We shall post news and updates on the movie when we hear more soon.

Jeeja working the arm lock
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The Protector 2 Blu-ray Review

If martial arts action star Tony Jaa made one thing clear in the 2005 film The Protector, it's that he loved elephants and would do anything to, well, protect them.  It seems that he didn't quite get the message across to some folks in the first go round since he returns in the role of Kham for The Protector 2.  If it's top-notch acting and taut plotting you're looking for, look elsewhere my friend.  However, if it's some insane action sequences and an anti-poaching sentiment you're after, then you've come to the right place! Also starring Mum Jokmok, Marrese Crump, Jija Yanin Wismitanan, Ratha Pho-ngam, Kazu Patric Tang, Kalp Hongratanaporn, David Ismalone, and RZA in a can't-miss performance, The Protector 2 is available now on Blu-ray.  Hit the jump for The Protector 2 Blu-ray review. Feature: In the second installment of Jaa's elephant-centered movie series, a civil war in the Southeast
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‘Warrior King 2′ DVD Review

Stars: Tony Jaa, RZA, Petchtai Wongkamlao, JeeJa Yanin, Marrese Crump, Yayaying Rhatha Phongam, Solatorn Lungluang | Written by Eakasit Thairatana | Directed by Prachya Pinkaew

I don’t watch as many fighting movies as I’d like so when I got the chance to review Warrior King 2 I was at first happy. I’m a Tony Jaa fan, especially because of Ong-Bak so when I watched this I had that movie in my mind as where the bar would be set. Maybe that was unfair or not, but Warrior King 2 is a movie that has the best of intentions, but struggles to see them through.

When Kham’s (Tony Jaa) elephant is stolen he goes on the hunt for the kidnappers, soon finding himself the number one suspect in the death of the man he believes to be to blame. With not only the police on his trail but also
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Warrior King DVD Review

Director: Prachya Pinkaew.

Starring: Tony Jaa, RZA, Petchtai Wongkamlao, Jeeja Yanin, Marrese Crump, Rhatha Phongam.

Running Time: 104 minutes

Certificate: 15

Returning to the role of Kham, Tony Jaa once again finds himself having to save his elephant. The fact that this second Warrior King film relies on the same story, which although ridiculously cute is still ridiculous, certainly means that the film absolutely has to make up for it with exciting action sequences, it does this to a degree, but there’s a reason that Warrior King 2 is mostly hated by fans.

Tony Jaa arrived on the scene with Ong-bak, a film that prided itself on a complete lack of CG, green screen, and false wire work. Jaa’s career blossomed in a time where we began to become jaded by such gimmicks, and so at a time of The Expendables 3 and superhero features it would be great to
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Giveaway – Win Warrior King 2 starring Tony Jaa

To celebrate the release of “Warrior King 2” – the triumphant, breathtaking and action-packed return of modern martial arts star Tony Jaa in the high-octane sequel to the hugely successful “Warrior King” out on DVD 1st September 2014 – we have a copy to giveaway!

Directed by Pratcha Pinkaew, co-creator of “Ong-Bak” and “Warrior King”, and featuring an all-star cast including Wu Tang Clan’s RZA and JeeJa Yanin, this is a must-watch for those who love their punches fast and their kicks even faster. An adrenaline-fuelled spectacle for fans of “The Raid”!

Read on for a synopsis and details of how to enter…

When notorious local gangster Boss Suchart is brutally murdered all evidence quickly points to Kham (Tony Jaa) who was the last man to see him alive. With Suchart’s equally infamous nieces vowing revenge, Kham decides to flee seeking refuge in an underground fighting ring run by ruthless crime
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Competition: Win ‘Warrior King 2′ on DVD

To celebrate the release of Warrior King 2 – the triumphant, breathtaking and action-packed return of modern martial arts star Tony Jaa in the high-octane sequel to the hugely successful “Warrior King” out on DVD 1st September 2014 – we have a copy to giveaway!

Directed by Pratcha Pinkaew, co-creator of Ong-Bak and Warrior King, and featuring an all-star cast including Wu Tang Clan’s RZA and JeeJa Yanin, this is a must-watch for those who love their punches fast and their kicks even faster. An adrenaline-fuelled spectacle for fans of The Raid!

Order your copy today on Amazon: http://amzn.to/1BhiQoS

To win Warrior King 2 on DVD, just answer the following question:

Warrior King star Tony Jaa also appeared in which movie? Was it:

a) Rumble in the Bronx

b) Ip Man

c) Ong Bak

Email your answer to NerdlyComps@gmail.com, making sure to include your name and address.
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Female-Fronted Hollywood Remakes We’d Like to See

The calls have been heard loud and clear, both on stage and off at the Oscars or in the annals of the web and at the box office: the world demands more movies with women, about women, by women and for women.

Every week a movie seems to be failing the Bechdel test, and every week a separate movie ends up walking away with the lion’s share at the box office. From hits like Maleficent, The Fault in Our Stars and Lucy to monster franchises like The Hunger Games, the old notion that teenage boys are the ones driving the demand at the movies is rapidly eroding. The Hollywood Reporter pointed out that Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy opened to a 44 percent female audience on the film’s opening weekend, the highest share for any Marvel movie to date.

And although they’ve taken their sweet time, Hollywood
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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 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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Capsule Movie Reviews (May 1): 'The Protector 2' and six more

Capsule Movie Reviews (May 1): 'The Protector 2' and six more
New Release

The Protector 2

R, 1 Hr., 44 Mins.

Thai martial-arts maestro Tony Jaa’s newest film overloads on terrible F/X that rob the film of the actor’s usual brute-force balleticism. Also, RZA plays the bad guy — and someone needs to tell the Wu-Tang master that he can’t act (or fight). The Protector 2 does have a loony charm (actual line of dialogue: “You lost your elephant again?”), and Jija Yanin Wismitanan has a scene-stealing turn as a lady warrior seeking — wait for it — vengeance. (Also available on iTunes and VOD) B- —Darren Franich

New Release

Beneath the Harvest Sky

Not Rated,
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Cinelinx's 2014 Summer Movie Guide: May

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Well folks, it’s April and over the last couple weeks, we’ve seen movie studios step up their marketing for some hotly anticipated films. We’ve been flooded with new trailers, images, and posters for a variety of films slated to hit this year, which can mean only one thing...Summer Movie Season is right around the corner (seems like just yesterday we were handling the 2013 Summer Movie Awards)! With the wealth of films hitting in these upcoming months it’s easy for moviegoers to be overwhelmed. Thus, as we have in years past, we present our Summer Movie Guide, so you know what’s coming, when, and decide for yourself if a film is worth your time. Come inside to learn about all that May has to offer!

We’re running this guide very similar to how we have in the past. We’re breaking down each page
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