Tony Jaa And Dolph Lundgren Trade Blows In First SKIN TRADE Teaser

Todd Brown, Founder and Editor
What difference does a director make? Rather a lot, really, and after years of toil with Ong Bak helmer Prachya Pinkaew Thai martial artist Tony Jaa has hooked up with Beautiful Boxer helmer Ekachai Uekrongtham and based on the production teaser posted to the film's Facebook page a few days back the step up in quality could be remarkable. Lest you think I'm being mean to Pinkaew here, do me this favor before complaining: Go rent his English language picture White Elephant. That is, of course, assuming you can find it which you probably can't because it's awful on a scale that it has been blotted from the minds and release schedules of most around the world. What has become clear with Pinkaew over the years is that while he can shoot one hell of a stunt reel he doesn't seem to give even the smallest of damns about character or plot development while Uekrongtham excels in both of those areas while also shooting some damn pretty pictures. And he knows a thing or two about shooting action as well.

The second film to pair Jaa with Dolph Lundgren - the first, A Man Will Rise, will likely never be completed or released due to Jaa's acrimonious split with backers Sahamongkol Film - Skin Trade revolves around a New York cop who tracks the killer of his family (Ron Perlman) back to Thailand where he teams with a local Bangkok cop (Jaa) to bring down the gangster and his human trafficking ring. Fight fans will be glad to see Michael Jai White also in the cast.

And, yes, as mentioned above, there is now a teaser which is really more of a production reel than any sort of proper teaser. Don't expect any sort of story, just a look at various scenes and settings, but even in this early, raw state it's already looking impressive. Check it below.
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  • wikig1itch

    Beautiful Boxer was a really good film, White Elephant was horrible. Still count me in

  • AlecDumas

    The direction and editing of TYG2 were awful, the green screen and cgi were incompetently executed and distracting. The movie looked sloppy and rushed like Pinkaew was trying to get every last bit of juice from his cash cow. Jaa looks both slimmer a more fluid in Skin Trade, so he seems on a good trajectory. But, from the looks of The Raid 2 pre-roll ad, Iko Uwais is now the martial art film hero to beat.

  • What makes the sloppiness of TYG2 particularly galling is that production went on FOREVER. They went way, way, way over schedule. It wasn't rushed at all.

  • AlecDumas

    Why am I not surprised? Well at least Jaa is finally able to move on, hopefully to bigger things.

  • Mangkone

    Are you telling me we're getting a Michael Jai White vs Tony Jaa fight ?
    I'm in.

  • ricksomchai

    Looks very well shot this is just what Jaa needed, I dont know what studio will pick this up the US distribution, I hope not Magnet Pictures AKA Magnolia. Word is they are pushing a US theatrical release, if so I will be the first in line o go see this. Yeah this is not an "official" teaser however its more then enough to keep Jaa's supporters happy for the moment. Sorry to say this but I agree wow what a change from Prachya Pinkaew I dont know what happened with his direction he went all gorge Lucas on us lol This is the tone Jaa needs in films and the amount of story telling as well, much like Kiss of the Dragon or Unleashed by Li. No need to go so over the top that we fast forward to only the fights. He seems to have found his nitch and has been open to even communicate with Fans/followers/friends in what they enjoy from him, that's shows his dedication to not only his work but fans as well, I think he has hit the nail on the head this time around. Being that this will likly be put out after FF7 along with HK project SPL2 the FF7 will help push his name out and with both this and SPL2 pressing USA and HK it could launch him into a later Superstar statues.

  • muckerman

    What's wrong with Magnet Pictures AKA Magnolia? I've found their releases to be pretty good. Well Go too.

  • ricksomchai

    Nothing is wrong with them, they do put out very good films I own several, however they normally don't put out theatrical releases. I think this might do better if it went to a bigger studio even something like Lions Gate. Ether way Im looking forward to it. :)

  • mtertainment

    They do if you have a Landmark theater near you, and they're very limited theatrical releases...but they've picked up countless great films and put them out often very quickly in a VOD format. For fans of indie and genre material who want to see things as soon as possible, Magnolia is a godsend.

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