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Old 03-18-2011, 03:27 PM   #1
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Default Simon Kook - Thailand's Next Action Star?

Simon Kook, apart from having possibly the most ordinary sounding westernized name ever, is being touted as the next big action star from Thailand.

You can check him out in the 2 video clips here, the first is a short film called 'Siam Fighter', which has obviously been made purely to show off his skills as 90% of it is action. The problem? Well, for a start he's dressed up identically to Tony Jaa in 'Ong Bak 2', even down to the long hair. The environment he's fighting in is also very remeniscent of 'Ong Bak 2'.

Secondly, virtually all of the moves on display are also direct replicas of Jaa's moves. Why they decided to go this route is a mystery to me. You can tell what the money shots are going to be what feels like a whole minute before they happen - "aaah that guy just landed on a table, he's probably going to jump on top of him with both knees causing the table to collapse" - that kind of thing.

We get the one attacker after another scenario from the end of 'Tom Yum Goong', the running on top of people to escape scenario from 'Ong Bak', the....well, you get the point...if Jaa's done it, the move will be in this clip. He looks like he has potential, but originality sadly seems to be lacking, and that is more important at least to me these days.

The second clip is of him featuring in a new full length movie called 'The Microchip', which is definitely more of a comedy from the looks of things than an action movie, and also features the bizarre Looney Tunes style sound effects also found in the trailer for Jeeja Yanin's new movie 'Jak La Len'...personally I'd love to see another movie with Dan Chupong in the lead, 'Born to Fight' is still up there as one of my favorite Thai action movies.



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Old 03-19-2011, 09:54 PM   #2
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Thanks for turning me on to this guy, OAB.

I wholeheartedly agree with your assessment. Still, I wish "Siam Fighter" was a full length feature. This guy would do in a pinch while Jaa is figuring out his next movie.

I'd watch "The Microchip" if only to sit through it once. After that I'd f/f to the fight scenes. It looks like Kook is playing a/the villain.

He absolutely has the talent but could use some original choreography. Hope he has a real MA movie in the pipeline soon.

And, yeah, Dan Chupong definitely needs to do something else along the lines of BTF.
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Old 03-20-2011, 04:51 PM   #3
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Well it certainly is a rip on Jaa's movies, he is impressive but I'd say his skills are under Jaa, though that flip where he kicks the guys shins out was a good one. One thing that bothers me, through both those videos the guy never gets a hand layed on him, even Jaa took a punch now and then, I judge these movies on how strong the villain is and the Thais haven't got it yet, we need a Thai Hwang Jang Lee or Lo Leih in these movies!

I don't mind the low budget, and glad to hear the oldschool kung fu sounds in there, I thought the comedy looked more interesting, I had to snicker at the cow noises when the girl bends over
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Old 03-20-2011, 08:10 PM   #4
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I agree with tosh he is impressive even if most of it was copying Jaa but I don't think he's as good as Tony Jaa. I would definitely like to see this guy starring, co-starring or even playing the villain. I think ultimately though he's probably going to end up getting villain roles. But then every good hero needs an equally strong if not better bad guy to face-off.

I also agree with everyone that Dan Chupong really needs to make a film more in the style of born To fight. Seems a wasted talent imo.

Just in case anybody is interested I noticed that there's a 3 D version of that Siam fighter on you tube. The picture is split in two images so I don't know if you need a 3D TV or just special glasses... For anyone to checkout if they're interested.
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Old 03-21-2011, 02:34 AM   #5
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One thing that bothers me, through both those videos the guy never gets a hand layed on him, even Jaa took a punch now and then, I judge these movies on how strong the villain is and the Thais haven't got it yet
Yeah I agree....I always call it the 'Steven Seagal Syndrome',,,,it's a miracle if anyone ever lays a hand on him!

I enjoy Jeeja Yanin's movies (well, all 2 of them...and I'm not the biggest fan of 'Raging Phonix' but don't let that get in the way of my point!) because she actually gets roughed up in her fights...the fight on the roof and against the crazy kid in 'Chocolate', and the final fight against the woman bodybuilder in 'Raging Phoenix' come to mind, she takes as many heavy blows as the bad guys do in her movies.

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As ShaOW!linDude mentioned, it looks like his role in 'The Microchip' is that of a villain. Perhaps based on the cow noises from the trailer his character will be defeated Hwang Jang Lee style from 'Ninja in the Dragons Den'!
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Actually, it's called the Bruce Lee syndrome

Not too impressed with this guy. But he does have some potential. Though he should cut his hair and change his name for starters
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Old 03-21-2011, 05:04 PM   #7
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If someone plans to be the "next Tony Jaa," they can't simply imitate him in every way. Upcoming wannabes need to revolutionize Muay Thai like Tony himself did. Otherwise you're not doing anything new.
Look at Donnie Yen. He's become a much lauded choreographer today because he came back into the genre with something new. His choreography in "SPL" and "Flashpoint" are landmark. He didn't just use the same stuff we've all seen before.
I understand Jaa's career is a little up in the air right now but why should we settle for these second rate clones? We, the fans, deserve something new, exciting and engaging.
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Old 03-21-2011, 09:45 PM   #8
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We need more DTV. Either that or quicker dvd releases.

Back in the 80's and 90's, MA/action videos were practically falling off the shelves. What happened?

I agree with Drunken Monk: we shouldn't have to settle and we deserve that which is new, exciting, and engaging. Quantity almost always takes less time than quality though and is generally sub-par with the rare exceptions.

(Which is an ironic statement for me to make considering what I said at the beginning of this post. Am I convoluted or what? I just want more!)

I hope Simon Kook gets a project to do a proper showcase. He needs a seasoned director and choreographer to put him through his paces and a simple engaging story along with equally talented opponents. I'd be down for that.
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If someone plans to be the "next Tony Jaa," they can't simply imitate him in every way. Upcoming wannabes need to revolutionize Muay Thai like Tony himself did. Otherwise you're not doing anything new.
Look at Donnie Yen. He's become a much lauded choreographer today because he came back into the genre with something new. His choreography in "SPL" and "Flashpoint" are landmark. He didn't just use the same stuff we've all seen before.
I understand Jaa's career is a little up in the air right now but why should we settle for these second rate clones? We, the fans, deserve something new, exciting and engaging.

While I agree with what you're saying I think the whole point of looking like Tony Jaa and imitating him in every way is not to impress on us but no doubt for those in the industry and those investing in him. They aren't looking for anything new, they want a product that will sell. Anyway when the guy finally makes more movies hopefully he will work with better choreographers and perhaps put his own stamp on things. At least I hope so.
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Old 03-23-2011, 02:31 AM   #10
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While I agree with what you're saying I think the whole point of looking like Tony Jaa and imitating him in every way is not to impress on us but no doubt for those in the industry and those investing in him. They aren't looking for anything new, they want a product that will sell.
Good points, but I think I'm inclined to agree with Drunken Monk, all you have to do is take one look at Tony Jaa's demo reel...there is never a moment when you think "oh this guys trying to be the new Jackie Chan / Donnie Yen etc."...what you're seeing was completely new and original, and even watching it now it's easy to see why people where blown away and they could secure funding for 'Ong Bak'.

Sadly I don't see that happening with Simon Kook.


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