When the head of a statue sacred to a village is stolen, a young martial artist goes to the big city and finds himself taking on the underworld to retrieve it. —IMDb
Prachya Pinkaew (Thai: ปรัชญา ปิ่นแก้ว, born September 2, 1962) is a Thai film director, film producer and screenwriter. His films include Ong-Bak: Muay Thai Warrior and Tom-Yum-Goong, both martial arts films starring Tony Jaa.
Prachya graduated from Nakhon Ratchasima Technology College in Nakhon Ratchasima Province in 1985, majoring in architecture. He began his career in 1990, working as an art director and later as creative director at Packshot Entertainment, an advertising firm. He directed music videos and won several Best Music Video Awards at Thailand’s Golden Television Awards.
His first feature film was made in 1992 and called The Magic Shoes. It was followed in 1995 by Romantic Blues, a karmic thriller-romance.
By 1998, Prachya was concentrating on producing films, including the vampire movie Body Jumper, the action-comedy Heaven’s Seven, the horror movie 999-9999, the musical Hoedown Showdown, the frankly sexual comedy Sayew and the arthouse drama Fake… read more
The movie plays like a prank on Jaa that Jaa isn't in on. He's all bland seriousness while the movie is putting him through greater and greater absurdities with Simpsons-like comic escalation. Unfortunately, Jaa dominates a little too handily. In some of the fight scenes his opponents are just standing around waiting to get punched in the face. But, hey, it's all in good fun.
If I gave movies 3 stars, this would surely be it. Tony Jaa is one the most talented martial artist stars to come around in a long time. He contains the power of Bruce Lee as well as the sheer athleticism of Jackie Chan. But unfortunately, he's extremely dull as far as character goes and doesn't particularly give the audience any reason to root for him.