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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JuanJohn said...

Yes hes a pretty good martial artist, I first saw him in Unbok which was pretty good. I saw this one a little while ago and I liked it better then the first.
Very talented young man.

Terrence Maddox said...

People need to stop stealing from dude's village. Just asking for high-flying pain.

Tsuji Eriku said...

yeah, but what's he doing to the elephant? Looks like some freaky beastiality stuff to me.

Son of Gigan said...

It's actually not very far from that.

Freefall Jones said...

I remember the time Tony Jaa had a paper route and he came over to collect his $2. I wanted to mess with him and NOT pay him. He was like, "I want my $2!" but then I slammed the door in his face.

Next thing I knew I was flat on my back because he gave a running high-knee to the door and obliterated it into a million pieces.

There went my $2. I hate you John Cusack.

JuanJohn said...

Don't hate on Mr.Cusack!
I've been a fan of his since as long as a can remember.
He used to be my idol for a brief period of time growing up (^_^)

Freefall Jones said...

Don't worry juanjohn, John Cusack and Better Off Dead have always been favorites of mine.-- Just paying tribute.