Friday, September 23, 2005

Jaa Rules

Last night's solo viewing of Ong Bak: The Thai Warrior was what we in "the business" call "a mixed blessing." On the one hand: Ong Bak: The Thai Warrior=Sweet! On the other hand, it was seriously hard for me to sleep afterwards because I kept thinking about Tony Jaa's hard-hitting moves. Tony Jaa has proved to me that Muay Thai is a very excellent fighting style, one that I am excited to learn more about, and very excited to start practicing on your face. From what I can gather, Muay Thai boxing involves two basic moves:

1. My knee and/or elbow coming into flying contact with your throat and/or skull.
2. Your death.

If you have not seen Ong Bak: The Thai Warrior, here are some highlights from an imdb.com user review:

Thai boxing is proper hardcore, they don't mess about.

Tony Jaa will become a legend this is fact.

His flexibility in fighting is so extreme, and this film is basically just crammed up with the biggest, most violent stunts you will ever see. For instance, in a scene where Tony and his newly met friends run away from a group of hoodlums, he gets away in style.

Everybody gets injured...This is how it should be. Hollywood take note.

Double takes are often used for the incredible action so you can really appreciate, for example, taking out three men with a triple, twisting back flip and smashing their heads in with your knees and elbows at the same time with pure accuracy.

Instead of going `god damn thats sick!' at the beginning, you will end up saying `ha ha! Did you see his elbow get torn backwards then snapped! Ha ha! This is genius!'.


Seriously, though, if you see me with my wrists all tied up in thick rope and I'm running towards you while yelling "Elephant Demolishes Tree," you better start praying to whatever God it is you believe in, because that move rulez all the way to the afterlife!

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