The transcript below is from the video “He was the teacher of Tony Jaa (Panna Rittikrai)” by OLD COMBAT CINEMA.

OLD COMBAT CINEMA:

Hello friends. Panna Rittikrai was born on February 17, 1961 in a small village in Khon Kaen province. As a child, he was fond of Hong Kong action films and admired Bruce Lee. Under their influence, he recruited a team of 20 stuntmen, most of them engaged in Muay Thai, and began to make films on his own. His first film, Born to Fight, was released in 1978. Over the next twenty years, Rittikrai made about 50 low-budget films, little known even in Thailand itself.

OLD COMBAT CINEMA:

Rittikrai gained worldwide fame after the release of the film Ong Bak in 2003, in which he directed action scenes and stunts, and where his student Tony Jaa was filmed. The film used highly sophisticated stunts and combat choreography with extensive use of the martial art of Muay Boran, which is practically unknown outside of Thailand. The film transformed Jaa into a rising star in martial arts films. Rittikrai went on to work with Tony in Honor of the Dragon and Ong Bak 2 The Unmatched.

OLD COMBAT CINEMA:

In 2004, he directed a remake of his first film, Born to Fight with his other pupil, Dan, which is notable for the fact that most of the combat scenes in it are developed from various sports and Muay Thai, and were starred by professional Thai athletes. his significant films are Chocolate with another Thai action star Jijay Jaanin discovered by him . “You’ve probably never heard of my movies,” Panna told the Bangkok Post in a 2004 interview. “They are popular among taxi drivers and som tam vendors and security guards and Isan coolies.

OLD COMBAT CINEMA:

My loyalest fans are folk people in the far-out tambons, where they lay out mattresses on the ground and drink moonshine whisky while watching my outdoor movies.” Panna’s martial-arts choreography work also can be seen in the action-comedy, The Bodyguard, which starred and was directed by Thai comic actor Petchtai Wongkamlao. Recent and upcoming projects include Mercury Man, a Thai superhero film in which he coordinated the martial arts; the sequel to Ong-Bak, Ong Bak 2; and Chocolate, a film directed by Prachya Pinkaew starring a female martial artist, Yanin Vismistananda.

OLD COMBAT CINEMA:

He co-starred in Dynamite Warrior, a 2006 martial-arts action comedy set in 19th century Siam and starring Dan Chupong from Born to Fight. It was Panna’s first acting role in 9 years. At the end of June 2014, Rittikraya was admitted to the clinic due to an exacerbation of liver disease, where he was diagnosed with a brain tumor. On July 20, Rittikrai died of blood poisoning.

OLD COMBAT CINEMA:

This is a very big loss for Thai cinema. After all, his films have become a breath of fresh air in a genre dominated by soulless computer effects. The fight scenes looked as realistic as possible, and the stunts were more than dangerous. We offer our condolences to loved ones and fans of his work. We like and subscribe to the channel so as not to miss the next video.




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