A tightly choreographed fight between two action heroes is one of the highlights of ‘Ong-bak 2’
In and attempt to ensure his directorial debut is as perfect as possible, Phanom “jaa” Yeerum has bought a second action hero to the Bt.300-million budget flick “Ong-Bak 2” , which opens December,5,2008 .
Choopong “Diaw” Changprung plays a son of the tyrant king Rajasena (Saranyoo Wongkrajang) , the target of Jaa’s character, Tien, in the film.
The action superstar choreographed Diaw’s moves himself and the two fight it out in an exciting sequence that will have martial-arts fans on the edge of their seats. And no one is happier than Jaa’s mentor, Panna Ritthikrai.
“Seeing them in the same movie is like a dream come true. I’m so glad Jaa ask Diaw to join the crew,” say Panna, who joined the rookie director on the set after problems with budget overruns. The two action stars attended Maha Sarakham Physical Education College, so they recognize each other’s style. “Some actors worry about their safety when they work on fight scenes but when Jaa and Diaw are doing a scene, you can sense the confidence. That makes for really great action,” say Panna.
What does David Beckham do when he’s not bending shots on goal? He goes to his neighborhood Victoria’s Secret shop and buys frillies. The son snapped him emerging from the store with two big, pink shopping bags full of ladies’ underwear. And he had one of his sons with him.
Light, camera gadgets!
One of the kingdom’s leading film directors gets hooked on hi-tech handies
Prachya Pinkaew and he’s still enthusing about the gadgets he’s been collecting for the past 20 years. He’s especially delighted when we can’t figure about how a gizmo works and carefully demonstrates for us, his face alight with pleasure.
“I love showing how this work and then watching the surprise on peoples’ faces,” says the director as he manipulates a small cube calls the Mini Sounder, which turns every hard surface into a loudspeaker. Prachya like to be surrounded by his gadgets both at home and at work and even those that can’t immediately be pressed into service are eventually adapted to suit his lifestyle. He uses a PDA instead of notebook, wireless speakers for his outdoor parties and has a unique Bluetooth speaker phone that has everyone looking at him whenever he uses it. That’s because it’s actually an old-fashioned telephone handset acquired in Hong Kong. “I used it during the meeting if the federation of National Film Association of Thailand and all the participants stared at me. That alone was worth the price I paid for it in Hong Kong.” He chortles. For work, he’s adapted the Sony Location Free portable LCD TV for the set and uses modified Sony Glastron TV glasses as a mobile monitor when e want to look at the footage he’s just shot.“My crew laughed at me at first but they soon realized that it was useful.”Prachya admits he’s a major fan of Sony and Apple equipment and recently acquired his latest toy-an I phone 3G which has replaced his old PDA.He gets update about his gadgets from website, magazines as well as from IT shops, particularly Bangkok’s iStudio shop, where he’s a very special customer.“I was very proud when they invited me to preside over the opening of a new branch,” he says.