TOM YUM GOONG 2 Marks The End Of The No Wire, No CGI Era For Tony Jaa

Todd Brown, Founder and Editor
Get ready for something different, Tony Jaa fans. Having built his early notoriety at least partially on the promise of no wires and no CGI enhancement in the action and stunt sequences of his previous films Jaa and director Prachya Pinkaew are utilizing both for the upcoming Tom Yum Goong 2.

Though a rarity in the work of action choreographer Panna Rittikrai, he has shown a willingness to dip into both areas when the action calls for it. Mercury Man and Dynamite Warrior both made extensive use of both wire and CGI work, for example, and even the much more raw Born To Fight includes one notable CGI gag. This is a first for Jaa, however, one necessitated by some of the 3D gags in the upcoming film.

With a tentative May release date set for Thailand there will not likely be a trailer for the film until the spring but watch for it here on Twitch as soon as it appears.
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  • james roday

    Dammit, I haven't been this mad at a pop culture thing in a long time. I love Tony Jaa's films precisely because there is no CGI and wire-fu. Watching a real person do incredible things unaided is way more entertaining then watching someone in a harness "jump" and flip around.

  • ricksomchai

    Who even cares its to enhance the 3D just put the damn movie out already.... even JC used wires and CGI its a 3D film as long as it helps the 3D its all good.

  • Sunwukong88

    It was predictable that the 'no cgi, no wirework' wasn't going to last long. It's movie making afterall.

  • cuttermaran

    Hey Todd, how do you know for sure? There's even no news about CGI in TYG2 on WiseKwai's.

  • BelmontHeir

    I imagine it's gonna be like that final kick from the first Tom Yum Goong, you know where Tony does some kind of Street Fighter-type impossible leap against a green screen background to prevent that 'lady' from getting on the helicopter.

  • I've seen footage. Don't want to go into detail because things were still very much in progress and who knows if everything I saw will even end up in the film but there is very definitely both wire and CGI assist happening. Dominantly in stunt sequences so they can goof on the 3D effects but it appeared there may be some in the actual fighting as well.

  • cuttermaran

    THX for the info

  • So he got bored of being a monk?

  • In Thailand its not uncommon for people to become a monk for a year or so and return to normal life. It's more like a religious rite of passage sort of thing than a life time profession in these instances.

  • Gill

    They're probably just going to be using CGI to feature the graphic breaking of bones by Jaa. No biggie.

  • No, it's a lot more than that.

  • Steve Dennis

    This time. The fight. Get beyond.

    Indeed.

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