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Thai media are reporting that Tony Jaa has returned to the set of his unfinished movie, ONG BAK 2, to complete production. He has also handed over directing duties to action director and mentor Panna Rittikrai.

This follows weeks of uncertainty over the fate of the production when the martial arts star in his directing debut abruptly walked off the set and disappeared after running out of money.

This situation led to sordid rumors and media speculation over Jaa’s mental and emotional state which was fueled even further by a teary-eyed appearance on television where the star offered a public apology. (Wise Kwai’s Thai Film Journal has a rundown on the previous drama.)

Despite this, feedback all across the internet landscape suggests that martial arts movie fans haven’t lost faith in Jaa, especially with promo footage from ONG BAK 2 still fresh in their minds.

Source: Wise Kwai Thai Film Journal

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  • Matt

    *thumbs up*

    If he can finish this thing and make a good martial arts movie every year, we’ll have a nice collection of Tony Jaa films. I keep fearing that he’ll leave us early like Bruce Lee before he shows us the ultimate martial arts movie.

    It might be Ong Bak 2.

  • movie freak

    go tony jaa!!! im so happy to hear about this, he’s getting back on a movie he has alot of heart for and now his mentor his helping him out too, that should take a big burden off of tony jaa. can’t wait to see it!!!

  • DragonSword

    good for him, hope he can make a even better movie than Ong Bak 1.

  • Billeh

    Return of the Thai Warrior!

  • Ozzieny

    The chosen one is back!

  • Zatoichi

    Saw the trailer at youtube looks awesome.

  • gqxsensazn

    I think Tony took on more than he could handle and the pressure got to him. However, this is great news for him to continue filming and handing it over Panna. It should call for some amazing fight scenes.

  • NinjaBook

    Happy!!!!!!!!
    we are all fans of Mr. Tony Jaa and i’m happy that he has returned to the set. the clips that were shown for ONG BAK 2 are so jaw Dropping that i think Tony will be here for a while. all i would say to him is just take some time, Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan waited for years before they directed some films. you are the truth Tony, you are the Bruce mixed with Jackie and we look foward to you bringing us more classic films

  • SYED

    I AM HUGE FAN OF TONY JAA IAM EAGERLY WAITING FOR FOR HIS NEW FLICK WITH LOT OF ACTION, BECAUSE TODAY THERE IS NO TRUE ACTION, LIKE TONY SO I PREFER AFTER BRUCE LEE THERE IS ONLY ONE KING IN ACTION THAT IS ONE AND ONLY TONY JAA,,,,,,
    LOT OF LOVE AND APPRECIATION FOR MY HERO TONY JAA

    SYED

  • Anonymous

    Tony is the grate

  • Rohan

    This is one movie star, who is more of a martial artist than a movie star.

    The Ultimate!!

  • joey

    when those it come on dvd to the usa

  • RediNiBlood

    massive tony jaa fann…no matter the amount of time he takes to make a movie he always bring out the best in making it.

    2 months or 2 yrs i’ll wait for him ^^

  • Anonymous

    Tony Jaa is next to the (Man Bruce Lee).

  • erinb

    i am also a huge Tony Jaa fan and would love to see many more, movies come from this amazing talent. Please, show the world real martial arts and not cgi or some pop star. thanx

  • erinb

    i am also a huge Tony Jaa fan and would love to see many more, movies come from this amazing talent. Please, show the world real martial arts and not cgi or some pop star. thanx