Legendary to very few Americans, but iconic in his own region, martial arts star Tony Jaa is without a doubt one of the most exciting performers in the field today. You can take your Jackie Chans and your Jet Lis and all of the glossy Hollywood things that they’re doing these days and keep them. I’m interested in the little crazy-eyed dude who only wants to make his own kind of films. This is why he’s on his third film in the Ong Bak franchise, a series of films that has crossed from the somewhat goofy and intensely satisfying to the period-based and dramatic (and also quite satisfying).
In Ong Bak 3, he’s staying in the period-based, dramatic territory and adding some supernatural elements. All of the fighting is still there, and it looks like once again Jaa is delivering martial arts work that will blow the doors off of the limited American theaters where his movie will play. At least, that’s what we can tell from this new trailer. It is much longer and shows quite a bit more intense violence than the first teaser we showed you in early February. Needless to say, I’m keeping an eye on this one. You should, too. Full synopsis and trailer are below.
The legend of Ong Bak 3 begins after Tien (Tony Jaa) has lost his fighting skills and his beloved stepfather at the Garuda’s Wing cliff from the raid led by Jom Rachan (Saranyu Wonggrajang). Tien is brought back to life with the help from Pim (Primrata Dechudom) as well as Mhen (Petchai Wongkamlao) and the Kana Khone villagers. Deep into the meditation taught by Phra Bua (Nirutti Sirijanya), Tien finally is able to achieve ‘Nathayut’. His talents are put to the test again when his rivals including the Golden-Armored King’s Guard (Supakorn ‘Tok’ Kijusuwan), the mysterious killers in black, and Bhuti Sangkha (Dan Chupong) return for the final massive showdown.