Jan 11, 2006
Tom Yung Goong
The first time you see Tony Jaa's character, Kham, in action in Tom Yung Goong, he's leaping out from the side of your screen about ten feet in the air to take out a bunch of gangsters. And so begins another cinematic demonstration of Jaa's mind-blowing physical abilities.
The setup is quick--smugglers kill Kham's father and steal two beloved elephants from his village, so Kham sets out to stop the baddies and rescue the elephants. Next, a lot of people get a knee to the head.
Son of Gigan and I watched this film with no subtitles or dubbing, but you really don't need them to enjoy stuntmen being brutally thrown through walls. Besides, you wouldn't hear the dialogue anyway over the two of us yelling, "WWWHHOOOAAAA!!!!!" every few minutes.
One of the best sequences in the movie is a one-take scene where Tony Jaa invades a building with a long spiral staircase. The camera follows Jaa from the bottom floor to the top, without cutting away, as he smashes guys through furniture and tosses them over the railing. Not only would Martin Scorsese be proud, but so would Thomas from Kung Fu Master.
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