If you sat through the majority of Vin Diesel’s “XXX: Return of Xander Cage” and “Furious 7”, you would have noticed an Asian martial artist by the name of Tony Jaa. Martial arts movies fans should already know him, thanks to his breakout role in the (still) incredibly epic action film “Ong-Bak (The Thai Warrior)”. They should also remember his follow-up movie “Tom-Yum-Goong (The Protector)” which, while admittedly not as great as “Ong-Bak”, had arguably one of, if not THE greatest fight scene ever put to celluloid.
It involves Tony Jaa entering a restaurant, then proceeding to unleash Muay Thai hell on attacker after random attacker! Captured perfectly in one fluid long take, this near-4 minute fight sequence is literally the equivalent of a bruised-up, broken-boned dance number performed by the Cirque Du Soleil – but without the colourful lights and flashy costumes.
It is also the perfect example of how an intense musical score, perfectly-timed camera movement, excellent fight choreography, brave stuntmen willing to put their bodies on the line, and of course, a bad-ass martial artist to sell the entire scene, can help create an impressive-looking and memorable fight scene.
If you haven’t seen “Tom-Yum-Goong (The Protector)”, we highly recommend that you give it a watch. If you have seen the movie, do you think that particular fight scene is the greatest of all time? Or is there another sequence from another movie worthy of that title?
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