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Tom Yum Goong 2 (2013)

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DVD will be released at the end of this month, according to someone on Facebook.

I have a few Thai discs from Happy Home Entertainment and none of them have English subtitles.

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It really sounds like this film has faded into nothingness. I still want to see it but it's not a good sign.

Agreed, the silence over this movie is weird....'Ninja 2' had a lot of hype and upon its release people have been raving about it, 'Special ID' had a lot of hype and upon its release people pretty much ripped it to pieces...but 'TYG2' is out there, and practically nobody is saying anything either good or bad.

I'm hoping it's just because it's still not widely available outside of Thailand...and once the US & other western territories release hits there'll be more noise, but for now, yeah the complete non-reaction is a worry.

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where can i buy it.. i know a lot of you guys knock it.. but its tony Jaa and just like scott adkins i have to support the guys i love so they keep making movies

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I'm with Gwai Lo on this one, i'll buy it despite the reviews. The action in the trailers looks good and even if it's not Jaa's best I think it'll be worth a watch.

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See I figure it can't be much worse than OB3.. I don't mind the cheesy car chases or the fire feet.. As long as I see good fighting I'm happy. I'm not expecting any kinda story line. If someone stole his elephant again, as long as he whoops that ass... I'm happy

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I don't think it will tank completely action wise. If nothing else, it'll certainly have us wanting more. (But hey, I'm one of the few who thought OB3 had its moments.:tongue:)

My thoughts exactly, Jaa is still an excellent martial artist and personally I think the comments about him being slower and less athletic than in the original Ong Bak (made 10 years ago) that some of the reviews have mentioned are particularly unfair. I still train in Wushu aged 37 (the same as Jaa) and although I can still flip and perform acrobatic moves trust me it's much harder than it was at 27! So yeah, i'm sure he can still deliver action wise too and I hope he continues his crazy fights and stunts for many years to come.

Oh and i'm a fan of OB3 too!!:smile:

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My thoughts exactly, Jaa is still an excellent martial artist and personally I think the comments about him being slower and less athletic than in the original Ong Bak (made 10 years ago) that some of the reviews have mentioned are particularly unfair. I still train in Wushu aged 37 (the same as Jaa) and although I can still flip and perform acrobatic moves trust me it's much harder than it was at 27! So yeah, i'm sure he can still deliver action wise too and I hope he continues his crazy fights and stunts for many years to come.

Oh and i'm a fan of OB3 too!!:smile:

Yeah I don't understand that sort of criticism too about Jaa being slow and shit when the first Ong bak came out ages ago. Jackie Chan well into his 40's or 50s in the late 90s and I still enjoy his choreography. Critics expect so much from something that should just be for entertainment purposes only.

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I think some critics tend to have a fixated mind on what to expect from certain performers and when that performer tries something different, it may not always or have to be good, but at least as a critic myself, I do appreciate the effort.

Take Van Damme for instance. For many years, he had always done the high kicking and spin kicks. However, when I saw SIX BULLETS, I saw he delved into using more close quarter combat as opposed to his usual kicking. And to be honest, I like that he decided to do this and I know his age played a factor. It's great that he used this method and not the usual. To me, it shows that the performer doesn't have to be a typecast but rather versatile.

As far as TYG2 goes, I still will see it. Despite the mixed reactions, it will be interesting to see what new stuff is added to the action plus I will admit, after seeing WRONG SIDE OF TOWN, I've been wanting to see more of Marrese Crump. He had an excellent knife fight with returning WWE star David Bautista, who for a big guy, has some quick hands. Hearing Crump made an impact in TYG2, I really do hope FORMLESS will finally be made.

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"There are moments in Tom Yum Goong 2 when Tony Jaa displays a fine level of fitness, speed and athleticism, but at other times he looks bigger and slower than in the past. The big question hanging over him now asks whether he has what it takes to come back - repair the damage, both to his reputation, image and physical condition - and reclaim the mantle many assumed to be his back in 2005."

This is from the twitch review, does the reviewer seriously expect Jaa to regain the level of physicality that he had 8 years ago when he would've been just 29 and at his peak!! I remember listening to Donnie on commentary for SPL and he was explaining that he had to do several takes of his trademark jump spinning back kick as he could barely get off the ground nowadays and we all know how well he could perform the kick in his prime. So whenever a performers age is brought up in this way for me a review loses some credibility.

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I think a good bit will boil down to inventiveness in the choreography. We all know we can expect to see highlights of elbows, knees, and kicks in Tony's classic Muay Thai fashion. But my hope is that they will be used in an innovative fashion. I'm sure we'll get a lot of what we've seen him do before but a few dashes of some new stuff would do wonders for him.

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You know that parkour free running fight in Wrath of Vajra? We have like 15+ minutes of that. Innovative stuff.

You know that Andy vs. Donnie fight in Special ID? We have like 30 minutes of that.

You can't deny Crump brings his A game. With that, Jaa brings his A+ game.

It's what we were surprised to see in Wrath of Vajra and what we expected from Special ID. Prachya Pinkaew has redeemed himself as a director.

** The youtube clip of Crump vs. Jaa we all cringed at was slowed down. The speed of their fights in the movie at actual speed is nothing short of amazing **

The best martial arts movie of 2013.

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You know that parkour free running fight in Wrath of Vajra? We have like 15+ minutes of that. Innovative stuff.

You know that Andy vs. Donnie fight in Special ID? We have like 30 minutes of that.

You can't deny Crump brings his A game. With that, Jaa brings his A+ game.

It's what we were surprised to see in Wrath of Vajra and what we expected from Special ID. Prachya Pinkaew has redeemed himself as a director.

** The youtube clip of Crump vs. Jaa we all cringed at was slowed down. The speed of their fights in the movie at actual speed is nothing short of amazing **

The best martial arts movie of 2013.

SUCK IT HATERS!!!! Yeah, you thought it be one of the worst movies and a disappointment didn't you? You were hoping this movie would fail and call Tony Jaa and company a has been right? I've not seen the movie yet but I'm behind Tony Jaa and company because why wouldn't you?

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I liked the action whenever there was no use of 3D. Crump made the movie though imo, and gave Jaa some of his finest fight scenes to date.

But sorry, I think the movie still stinks. Like Yen and Evans have proved, you don't need solid/Oscar-worthy stories/acting for martial arts action movies but just exceptional skills in treating all aspects of film-making to make successful action movies. Plus a genuine purpose of layering a story and characters. The Ong Bak trilogy did it right.

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Just watched it myself. I actually enjoyed it quite a bit though i will say that it's a completely ridiculous movie and is quite derivative of his previous films. There is a ton of action in it and the plot while being ridiculous keeps moving at a good pace and doesn't take up too much space. Tony's fights with the big black dude (Crump?) were exceptional.

The main issues i had were that the CGI 'stunts' that were put in looked really awkward and out of place and the green screen they used made a lot of the scenes really weird looking. The bike scene fell victim to this even though it was a great chase scene, some of the CGI moments were just out of place in a Jaa film. The very end fight where Tony is protecting the elephant was kind of weak compared to the rest of the action in the film, pretty much all of RZA's fights were lackluster.

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pretty much all of RZA's fights were lackluster.

This concerns me, as my original understanding was that he was a last minute addition to the cast, probably in part due to what at the the time was the imminent release of 'The Man With the Iron Fists'. Now I'm wondering exactly how much screentime does he have!?

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He's not a main character but he gets a decent bit of air time. He has a brief-ish fight with Tony. I thought he was ok as the villian but they obviously needed to cover his lack of fighting skill with a lot of editing.

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I watched it last night. Is it a good film? Not particularly, but despite its weird 3D moments and truly awful CGI, I enjoyed it way more than Special ID. I'll be the first in line for a subtitled Blu-ray.

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