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Tom Yum Goong 2 (2013) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) DVD Region 3

Tony Jaa (Actor) | Jija Yanin Vismistananda (Actor) | RZA (Actor) | Prachya Pinkaew (Director)
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Tony Jaa is back in action! The Muay Thai star reunites with director Prachya Pinkaew and action choreographer Panna Rittikrai for Tom Yum Goong 2, the long-awaited sequel to the 2005 action hit. Returning to the role of Kham, Jaa once again takes on a treacherous adventure filled with thrills and spills when he is framed for a crime he didn't commit by a group of martial arts warriors. In addition to Petchtai Wongkamlao returning as Australian cop Mark, the Muay Thai extravaganza welcomes Muay Thai star Jija Yanin (Chocolate) and hip-hop musician RZA to the mix. Featuring explosive action sequences like a dangerous rooftop motorcycle chase and bone-crunching beatings, Tom Yum Goong 2 takes Thai action films to exciting new heights!

At the eve of an important international peace treaty's signing in Thailand, an American criminal mastermind (RZA) kidnaps Khon, a sacred elephant protected by Kham (Tony Jaa). After being framed for the murder of the elephant camp owner, Kham goes on the run to escape capture and to rescue Kham. However, the kidnapper has dispatched a team of martial art warriors to stop him. Moreover, the murdered camp owner's twin nieces (Jija Yanin and Teerada Kittisiriprasert) are pursuing Kham to get revenge for their uncle's death.

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Product Title: Tom Yum Goong 2 (2013) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) 冬蔭功2 (2013) (DVD) (香港版) 冬荫功2 (2013) (DVD) (香港版) トム・ヤム・クン 2 (2013) (DVD) (香港版) Tom Yum Goong 2 (2013) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
Also known as: TYG2 / The Protector 2 TYG2 / The Protector 2 TYG2 / The Protector 2 TYG2 / The Protector 2 TYG2 / The Protector 2
Artist Name(s): Tony Jaa (Actor) | Jija Yanin Vismistananda (Actor) | RZA (Actor) | Petchtai Wongkamlao (Actor) | Dan Chupong (Actor) | Marrese Crump (Actor) Tony Jaa 柏朗伊雲 (Actor) | 琴嘉 (Actor) | RZA (Actor) | 畢查泰汪漢羅 (Actor) | 丹楚朋 (Actor) | Marrese Crump (Actor) Tony Jaa 柏朗伊云 (Actor) | 琴嘉 (Actor) | RZA (Actor) | 毕查泰汪汉罗 (Actor) | 丹楚朋 (Actor) | Marrese Crump (Actor) トニー・ジャー (Actor) | ジージャー (ヤーニン・ウィサミタナン) (Actor) | RZA (Actor) | ペットターイ・ウォンカムラオ (Actor) | ダン・チューポン (Actor) | Marrese Crump (Actor) Tony Jaa (Actor) | Jija Yanin Vismistananda (Actor) | RZA (Actor) | Petchtai Wongkamlao (Actor) | Dan Chupong (Actor) | Marrese Crump (Actor)
Director: Prachya Pinkaew 巴猜平橋 巴猜平桥 プラッチャヤー・ピンゲーオ Prachya Pinkaew
Action Director: Panna Rittikrai Panna Rittikrai Panna Rittikrai パンナー・リットグライ Panna Rittikrai
Release Date: 2014-05-21
Language: Thai
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Place of Origin: Thailand
Picture Format: PAL What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 5.1
Disc Format(s): DVD, DVD-5
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Rating: IIB
Duration: 105 (mins)
Publisher: Edko Films Ltd. (HK)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1035695875

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Boss Suchart is the influential owner of a major elephant camp. When he was murdered in his own home – the killer delivered three fatal blows on his body – all evidence points to KHAM (Tony Jaa), who was present at the crime scene and was seen with the victim the moment before he died. Kham is forced to run as the police launches a pursuit. Meanwhile, the twin nieces of Boss Suchart (Jija Yanin Wismitanan and Teerada Kittisiriprasert) are out for revenge. But luck is on Kham’s side when he runs into Sergeant MARK (Mum Jokmok), an Interpol agent sent to Thailand on a secret mission.
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Professional Review of "Tom Yum Goong 2 (2013) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)"

June 26, 2014

Muay Thai expert and martial arts star Tony Jaa returns with Tom Yum Goong 2 (a.k.a. The Protector 2 or Warrior King 2 depending on the territory), the follow up to his highly popular elephant defending 2005 hit. The film sees him reteaming with director Prachya Pinkaew and action choreographer Panna Rittikrai, who he worked with on the original, as well as Ong Bak and more. As expected from a sequel, the film sticks to the concept of its predecessor and, for better or worse, takes things up several notches, with a bigger budget, 3D effects and even crazier large scale action scenes.

Jaa again plays Kham, the film opening with him living a peaceful life in the countryside and teaching young kids martial arts while taking care of his beloved elephant Khon, a sacred beast he is sworn to protect. After Khon is snatched again and Kham is framed for the murder of an elephant owner, he's forced to go on the run, pursued by the police and the twin nieces of the dead man (Chocolate sensation Jija Yanin and Teerada Kittisiriprasert, who also worked on stunts for Prachya Pinkaew's The Kick). It's all part of a bizarre master plan by an American criminal kingpin called LC (rapper and The Man with the Iron Fists helmer RZA), who sends a team of top assassins and kung fu killers after Kham.

Tony Jaa's career is at an interesting stage, and though he's been regarded by many as one of the most exciting martial arts stars on screen, he's never really managed to truly capitalise on his many early successes. Whether this has been down to reported behind the scenes contractual and personal issues, including his stint in a monastery, is debatable, though it's testament to his appeal that despite some quiet wilderness years, he's still being linked with high profile roles in the likes of The Raid 3, SPL 2 and various Hollywood projects. Clearly, Jaa is still a very popular and indeed bankable figure, and so it's no surprise that he would return to one of his signature franchises in an effort to reclaim his position - and with Tom Yum Goong having been memorable in its own right, the announcement of a sequel was by no means unwelcome.

The main thing to bear in mind when approaching Tom Yum Goong 2 is not to expect gritty, old school martial arts, as it's first and foremost a big, over the top action juggernaut, played mainly for spectacle and popcorn thrills. Styling itself on some of Jackie Chan's more ambitious (and sillier) outings, the film revolves almost entirely around its set pieces and money shots, Prachya Pinkaew pulling out all the stops and throwing a dizzying variety of stunts at the screen. The film is pretty much non-stop action, and moves along at a brisk and occasionally exciting pace, with some real imagination having clearly gone into its choreography and design. In general this cavalier approach works well, and the film serves up some very creative fight scenes and fairly mind-blowing effects-aided sequences, benefitting from not taking itself too seriously. There's a great deal of fun to be had for viewers willing to switch off and go with the flow, and Jaa and Pinkaew again prove a winning team when it comes to a far-out knockabout.

On the downside, it's hard not to feel a little cheated by the fact that despite the genre talent onscreen, the film doesn't really impress when it comes to martial arts. Along with Jaa himself, Pinkaew also has at his disposal an exciting line-up including the awesome Jija Yanin and Marrese Crump, and though all three do get the chance to show off their considerable skills, the film never really stretches itself or commits to delivering the kind of bone-crunching combat that a lot of fans will likely be expecting. Instead, Pinkaew spends a lot of the running time on motorbike chases and improbable explosions, and while this is for the most part acceptable, the CGI is frequently shabby, rendering a few key moments rather ludicrous ?not that this in itself is necessarily a bad thing, and the film scores highly when it comes to unintentional laughs.

The same is true when it comes to the supporting cast, and though Petchtai Wongkamlao is surprisingly effective as comic relief, the majority of the players have one-note roles at best and are generally offered up as gimmicky figures, notably gorgeous actress Rhatha Phongam (Only God Forgives). This is kind of a shame, as Jaa himself isn't given too much to do other than fight, run and sweat, and given that Kham isn't exactly a substantial protagonist, the film definitely could have done with at least a couple of less sketchy characters to identify with or root for. The exception to this is RZA, who absolutely steals the film and every scene he turns up in, thanks to a truly awful, whacked-out performance as LC. It's hard to really describe just how much he chews the scenery here, though suffice to say his turn is worth its weight in entertainment gold.

This to a large extent sums up Tom Yum Goong 2 as a whole, as while unlikely to be accused of actually being good, it's a wildly enjoyable hour and forty minutes of bold, flashy and brash action madness. Whether or not it manages to re-establish Tony Jaa as one of martial arts cinema's top draws remains to be seen, though it's certainly enough to keep him in the good graces of his fanbase.

by James Mudge - BeyondHollywood.com

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