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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.

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  1. Searching for Tony Jaa: The Hottest Martial Arts Movie Star Since Jackie Chan and Jet Li (Part 4)

    Searching for Tony Jaa: The Hottest Martial Arts Movie Star Since Jackie Chan and Jet Li (Part 4)

    Antonio Graceffo’s series concludes as Ong-Bak star Tony Jaa’s first martial arts teacher, adjan Sak Chai, shares the gritty reality of muay Thai boran training and reflects upon muay Thai philosophies.
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  2. Searching for Tony Jaa: The Hottest Martial Arts Movie Star Since Jackie Chan and Jet Li (Part 3)

    Searching for Tony Jaa: The Hottest Martial Arts Movie Star Since Jackie Chan and Jet Li (Part 3)

    International correspondent Antonio Graceffo’s series continues his interview — and a training session — with Ong-Bak star Tony Jaa’s first martial arts teacher, adjan Sak Chai.
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  3. Searching for Tony Jaa: The Hottest Martial Arts Movie Star Since Jackie Chan and Jet Li (Part 2)

    Searching for Tony Jaa: The Hottest Martial Arts Movie Star Since Jackie Chan and Jet Li (Part 2)

    International correspondent Antonio Graceffo’s series continues as he travels through Thailand in search of the real story behind Ong-Bak star Tony Jaa! In Part 2, he interviews Sak Chai — Jaa’s first martial arts teacher.
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  4. Searching for Tony Jaa: The Hottest Martial Arts Movie Star Since Jackie Chan and Jet Li (Part 1)

    Searching for Tony Jaa: The Hottest Martial Arts Movie Star Since Jackie Chan and Jet Li (Part 1)

    International correspondent Antonio Graceffo heads to Bangkok in search of the real story behind Ong-Bak star Tony Jaa in this exclusive series! In Part 1, he’s granted a rare interview with Jaa’s parents.
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  5. Ong Bak 2 Review | Vintage Tony Jaa Movies

    Ong Bak 2 Review | Vintage Tony Jaa Movies

    You won’t find the term “death defying” in Webster’s New World College Dictionary, but if the editors were to add it to the next edition, it would be fitting to place a picture of Tony Jaa next to the definition. That’s because Tony Jaa shocked the world in 2003 when
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  6. Battle Warrior Review | Vintage Tony Jaa Movies

    Battle Warrior Review | Vintage Tony Jaa Movies

    Ong-Bak (2003) contained so many jaw-dropping stunts and such innovative muay Thai that it seemed like its star, Tony Jaa, was an overnight success. But the walking stunt reel had been honing his craft for a long time—ever since he apprenticed as a teen for Thai stuntmaster Panna Rittikrai.
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  7. Ong-Bak Review | Vintage Tony Jaa Movies

    Ong-Bak Review | Vintage Tony Jaa Movies

    Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior made a splash in the indie movie and martial arts communities when Magnolia Pictures distributed it stateside in limited release. For those of you asking, “What the heck is Ong-Bak?” here’s your chance to discover the biggest import from the Thai film industry since … well,
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  8. Spirited Killer Review | Vintage Tony Jaa Movies

    Spirited Killer Review | Vintage Tony Jaa Movies

    Tony Jaa has shaken up the martial arts movie industry. In 2003’s Ong-Bak, the action phenom glamorized muay Thai on-screen and unleashed unbelievably real stunts that hadn’t been seen since Jackie Chan did them in the 1980s. He upped the ante in 2005 with Tom Yum Goong, released stateside a
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  9. The Protector Review | Vintage Tony Jaa Movies

    The Protector Review | Vintage Tony Jaa Movies

    The Protector, reminds me of what I miss about being a kid. As the youngest of Generation X, I lived in the golden age of martial arts media.

    I witnessed the ninja fad permeate pop culture, watched Chuck Norris on Walker, Texas Ranger, and paid to see Steven Seagal and Jean-Claude
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  10. 11 Movies Every Martial Artist Must See

    11 Movies Every Martial Artist Must See

    I recently finished writing The Ultimate Guide to Martial Arts Movies of the 1970s. In one section, I list my 20 favorite films of the ’70s before and after I wrote the book. Why? Because after watching 600-plus movies during an eight-month stretch, my list had 14 changes. That got
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