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FOOT FIST FRIDAYS: Celebrate Tony Jaa’s Birthday with the Crowd Pleasing Finale from THE PROTECTOR (TOM YUM GOONG)!

By: John M Jerva

Today we celebrate international action star Tony Jaa’s birthday and he is 45 years young today so I thought what better way to pay respect to the Muy Thai Maestro then by dedicating this week’s Foot Fist Friday to him. Now there are numerous action scenes to choose from when you’re talking about Jaa and you could literally post any of them and you’d be on the money. Jaa broke onto the scene with 2003’s classic Ong Bak and was pretty muched billed as Thailand’s version of Jackie Chan as the newcomer did things onscreen that made audience’s jaws drop around the world. Jaa has become so much more than that over the years with each and every film and even though he’s in his forties now, he still has a lot of gas left in the tank and the best is still yet to come.

The scene I have chosen for FFF is the finale from 2005’s Tom Yum Goong which is also known as The Protector here in the States. In the film, Jaa plays Kham, a simple country boy, who goes on one serious search and rescue mission when two of his prized elephants are kidnapped by ruthless poachers and we all know that elephants are like gods to Thai people so Kham risks everything to bring them back alive and God help any and all that gets in his way.

The finale has always been one of my favorites because it is a different kind of fight scene for Jaa. Up until this point, Jaa thrilled fans with his death defying stunts that seemed to ignore the rules of gravity but here, when Kham is driven to complete and utter rage when he finds out that one of his elephants has been killed, he delivers one of the most brutal and unforgiving fight sequences in his career. In this sequence, Jaa takes on a virtual army of henchmen and it pretty much gets insane at just how many men he takes down with his bone crunching, and wince inducing moves that includes a hell of a lot of elbows and knees and a slew of broken bones. There is no insane acrobatic flips here, just pure unadulterated pain served up on a dish of vengeance and Jaa show us that when it comes to brutality, he’s king of the mountain.

When people speak of Jaa, Ong Bak always comes up in the conversation first but to me Tom Yum Goong was always a standout and I thought the movie contained a lot of sweet sentiment to go along with the physicality and you cpuld really relate with Kham and what he goes through to save his family. The scene culminates in Kham taking on behemoth Nathan Jones and a few other radically pumped up opponents and it is a sight to behold to see how the much smaller Kham takes out the giants with his arsenal of Muy Thai bravado. There is a reason why Jaa has become such an action icon over the years and this film definitely showcases his strengths and while it may not be his best cinematic effort, it still delivers the bone breaking goods.

With that as I always say in the immortal word of Arnold Schwarzennegger in Conan The Destroyer…”Enough Talk!” Check out Jaa in fine form in the thrilling and rousing conclusion to The Protector. Happy Birthday Tony and here’s to many more years of kicking ass for the fans!

FOOT FIST FRIDAYS: Tony Jaa Carves a Path of Destruction in the Epic One Shot Fight Scene from THE PROTECTOR!

By: John M Jerva

Welcome to FOOT FIST FRIDAYS! A weekly dose of fight action where the Action-Flix.com experts share their thoughts on some of the greatest scenes of fisticuffs in action cinema history!

This week’s edition has John M Jerva serving up yet another classic Tony Jaa fight scene from the memorable Thai martial arts thriller Tom Yum Goong which was retitled The Protector in the U.S. The scene is presented in the one shot fashion or oner where there are no cuts and no edits where the camera follows all the action as Tony Jaa carves a path of empty handed destruction. Enjoy!

Any action fan knows who Tony Jaa is and to know him is to know that the man is basically the Thai equivalent to Jackie Chan where he is famous for executing his own stunts and fight sequences in his movies with Ong Bak being the first film that would introduce him to the masses. The film was an assault on the senses and the fight scenes were off the hook with Jaa literally defying gravity in every scene.

Jaa would follow that impressive debut up with another round of Muay Thai thrills in Tom Yum Goong which was later retitled as The Protector here in the U.S. which saw Jaa play a similar role to the one he played in Ong Bak. Here Jaa played Kham who was a simple man from the country who embarks on a rescue mission to save his prized elephants after they are kidnapped by ruthless poachers and taken to Australia.

Following their trail, Kham teams up with a Thai-born Australian detective played by Petchtai Wongkamlao and the two discover that the two elephants are being held by a ruthless female criminal named Madame Rose who has an army of cutthroat mercs at her disposal.

What follows is numerous epic displays of brutal Muay Thai fight action as Kham takes on anyone and everyone with his deadly elbows and knees in one savage fight sequence after another.

The scene chosen for this week’s Fist Foot Friday is the classic one shot fight scene or oner as they are called where Kham infiltrates an underground restaurant where exotic animals are killed and served to a high clientele. Kham navigates his way through one assailant after another as the camera follows him along the way as there are no cuts or edits during the scene. What makes a oner difficult to shoot is the fact that there is no room for error and all participants must hit their marks the first time as there are no do overs. It’s one shot, one kill literally and Jaa perfectly executed the scenes with flawless precision along with the numerous stunt professionals assembled for the scene. Don’t blink or you’ll miss something.

After Kham makes his way through the army, he eventually takes on the great Johnny Nguyen in a one on one fight that pulsates with near perfect fight choreography. Both combatants are evenly matched and it is a great bend to a great fight scene that lasts over 8 minutes in length. This was Tony Jaa at his best and the scene is a classic reminder of why he is one of the best in the business as he is a one man wrecking crew. His elbows and knees as well as his fists and feet are more lethal than any weapon and God forgive anyone who gets in his way.

Enough Talk! Check out the full version of the fight scene below and witness the master in action with no edits of any kind!