Thursday, September 11, 2008

Seeing Double

On a rainy day in Wales this summer (was there any other kind?); the bomber, his cousin and I went along to a matinée of The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor. I was surprised in one of the action scenes to see Maria Bello getting medieval on someone's ass with an old-school shoulder mounted drop elbow to head Muay Boran move (c.f. himself), but (hey presto) we see from the trivia section of her IMDB biography that she does Muay Thai herself.

Similarly when we saw Star Wars: The Clone Wars, it seemed to me that the idiosyncratic way that Ashoka wielded her light saber owed a lot to Krabi Krabong (c.f. himself). You can see it 1 min 46 secs into the trailer.

It makes me wonder what I'd be able to see if I knew about other styles.

Speaking of Thai action:
Chocolate is the latest from director Prachya Pinkaew, the man at the helm of Ong Bak and Tom Yum Goong/The Protector starring the inimitable Tony Jaa.

The movie stars Nicharee Vismistananda who has been training for years in preparation for this role.


This all kicks off 1 min 20 in.You go girlfriend!
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