Prachya Pinkaew is a very talented director in Thailand. He’s responsible for making Tony Jaa the big star he is now, and he’s worked on a number of different films to prove he know what he’s doing. For Tom Yum Goong 2, Pinkaew re-teams up with Tony Jaa as well as Panna Rittikrai to ensure the action is as hard hitting as ever. Impact Online had the opportunity to speak with the director, and some great news has come of it.
One of the first things discussed is the “trouble” that has surrounded the film.
I hear a lot of ‘stories’ about our film, often from people who claim to have inside information, but just seem to want to make a lot of noise and get attention for themselves…It’s very easy to say bad things about a production and claim ‘an insider told me’ without saying who it was, and even when the information is false, the damage has already been done.
The shooting of the original Ong Bak and Tom Yum Goong took time, we had starts and stops on those shoots too… but at that time we weren’t as well known, so people didn’t hear about those delays or production problems. Now people know who we all are, so they want to hear everything good and bad! (Laughing) I feel very lucky that I work in Thailand, I work with a very good partner, my boss at Sahmongkol Films is very understanding, he understands that we want to make the best movie we can and that might take a little bit more time sometimes than originally planned for.
Another aspect that surrounds the film is the aspect of 3D
A lot of Hollywood films, they seem to focus on the surroundings, make you feel like you’re in the location, but to me I really like the feeling of 3D breaking out of the screen and affecting the audience! We’re making a martial arts movie, to me that’s something that is perfectly suited to 3D, lets really make use of the 3D element, make it almost interactive with the audience. I want punches and kicks, and weapons coming right at the audience. I want them to feel like they might get hurt watching the movie!
Of course I don’t want to overdo the 3D, I don’t want to give the audience a headache that everything on screen is constantly poking them in the eye etc, but at the right times totally immerse them in the 3D, make them part of the movie!
I’m glad that Pinkaew took the time to clear things up and get everyone excited for what is to come. Impact Online has a lot of great info on their article that covers Tony’s injuries, Jeeja’s pregnancy, and what’s next for him, so be sure to click the link to read the full interview.
Now, I just need a trailer or teaser to get my blood pumping.
Source: Impact Online