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Watch: Tony Jaa Is Back In Action In Trailer For 'The Protector 2'

  • By Ben Brock
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  • February 25, 2014 10:21 AM
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The Protector 2
Back in 2003, Tony Jaa was the biggest name in punching things, thanks to the release of “Ong Bak,” the Thai martial-arts film that, at the time, provoked a similar reaction to “The Raid,” only set in Bangkok instead of Jakarta. “Ong Bak 2” didn't quite pan out so well, however, and although Jaa is set for a role in “Fast & Furious 7” he's never broken out in the west. Nor has Prachya Pinkaew, who made “Ong Bak” and who also directed Jaa in “The Protector,” which came out stateside (in a somewhat cut-down version – thanks, Harvey) in 2006.

Tony Jaa Kicks His Way Into 'Fast & Furious 7'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 26, 2013 11:19 AM
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Oh man, remember when Tony Jaa was supposed to be the next big thing? That was nearly a decade ago with the release of 2003's "Ong-Bak," a slick action flick that showed the skills of young martial artist who had the killer combination of being quick, inventive and deadly. But the sequels to that film didn't quite land with the same impact, and whatever momentary wave the Thai actor made stateside seemed to evaporate. But now he's giving a roundhouse right kick to a franchise.

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