Tony Jaa Movies
Before his breathtaking breakthrough role in Ong-Bak (2003), Tony Jaa started out with a few bit parts in Thailand and as an uncredited Hollywood stuntman.
Following Ong-Bak’s success, Tony Jaa instantly went from being a no-name to the biggest name in martial arts cinema. Like Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan and Jet Li before him, Tony Jaa captured the imagination of martial arts filmgoers with his seemingly superhuman technique. Tony Jaa created a highly stylized version of modern muay Thai kickboxing mixed with the delicate beauty and ferocious power of ancient muay boran.
Tony Jaa became the first Thai international superstar from any film genre in the country. With this recognition, he globally legitimized the Thai martial arts film industry that now churns out quality martial arts films every few months. Furthermore, his success inspired other wannabe martial arts stars from other Southeast Asian countries to make action films.
Many of Tony Jaa’s signature moves stem from his outlandish leaping abilities. He developed his leaping prowess as a child by leaping onto the backs of two baby elephants daily, for many years. As Tony Jaa and the elephants grew, so did his leg strength.