Tony Jaa is also in Fast & Furious 7 (Official trailer soon) – Once again, Kham’s pet elephant has been abducted and he must fight anyone in his way to find him.
Tony Jaa, Marrese Crump, JeeJa Yanin
SPL 2: Rise of Wong Po (announced) (rumored)
2015 Fast & Furious 7 (filming)
2014 A Man Will Rise (post-production)
2014 Skin Trade (filming)
2013 Protector 2
2010 Ong-bak 3
2008 Ong-bak 2
2007 The Bodyguard 2
2005 Tom yum goong: The game (Video Game)
2005 The Protector
2004 The Bodyguard
Supermarket Fighter (as Panom Yeerum)
Ting (as Panom Yeerum)
2001 Nuk leng klong yao
1996 Mission Hunter 2
1996 Puen hode
1994 Plook mun kuen ma kah 4
Japanom Yeerum (Thai: จาพนม ยีรัมย์), formerly Tatchakorn Yeerum (Thai: ทัชชกร ยีรัมย์; RTGS: Thatchakon Yiram) or Panom Yeerum (Thai: พนม ยีรัมย์; RTGS: Phanom Yiram; [pʰanom jiːram]; born February 5, 1976 in Surin province, Isaan, Thailand). Better known in the West as Tony Jaa, in Thailand as Jaa Panom (Thai: จา พนม; RTGS: Cha Phanom), is a Thai martial artist, physical educator, actor, choreographer, stuntman, director, and spent time as a Buddhist monk. His films include Ong-Bak: Muay Thai Warrior, Tom-Yum-Goong (also called Warrior King or The Protector), Ong-Bak 2: The Beginning, and Ong Bak 3.
Tony Jaa was raised in a rural area, from an origin Khmer/Cambodian living in Surin province, not far from kingdom of Cambodia. His hometown is 400 km far from Bangkok and as he grew up he watched films by Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, Vince Lam and Jet Li at temple fairs, which was his inspiration to learn martial arts. He was so inspired by them that while he was doing chores or playing with friends, he would imitate the martial arts moves that he had seen, practicing in his father’s rice paddy. When he was 10 years old, he threatened his father that he would kill himself if he was not taught muay Thai.
“What they [Chan, Lee and Li] did was so beautiful, so heroic that I wanted to do it too,” Jaa told Time in a 2004 interview. “I practiced until I could do the move exactly as I had seen the masters do it.”
At age 15 he requested to become a protégé of stuntman and action-film director Panna Rittikrai. Panna had instructed Jaa to attend Maha Sarakham College of Physical Education in Maha Sarakham Province. He has trained for an unspecified time in taekwondo although there are no details regarding if this was in formal taekwondo training or as part of his stunt team member apprenticeship. Likewise, he is highly skilled in muay Thai but there is no evidence at present to suggest a formal training history or competitive career.
Jaa was also trained in various kungfu styles as well as aikido, judo, krabi krabong, silat, lethwei and kino mutai which he can be seen using in the Ong Bak and Tum Yum Goong films. He was a successful high jump athlete at university. He is still able to jump two meters high.
Together, Panna and Jaa developed an interest in muay boran, the predecessor of muay Thai and worked and trained for four years at the art with the intention of developing a film around it. Eventually they were able to put together a short film showing what Jaa could do with the help of instructor Grandmaster Mark Harris. One of the people they showed it to was producer-director Prachya Pinkaew, who was duly impressed.
This led to Ong-Bak: Muay Thai Warrior in 2003, Jaa’s break-out role as a leading man. Jaa did all the stunts without mechanical assistance or computer-generated effects and it showcased his style of extreme acrobatics and speedy, dance-like moves. Injuries suffered in the filming included a ligament injury and a sprained ankle. One scene in the film involved fighting with another actor while his own trousers were on fire. “I actually got burned,” he said in a 2005 interview. “I really had to concentrate because once my pants were on fire the flames spread upwards very fast and burnt my eyebrows, my eyelashes and my nose. Then we had to do a couple more takes to get it right.”.
His second major movie was Tom-Yum-Goong (The Protector in the US), named after a type of Thai soup and including a style of muay Thai that imitates elephants.
In August 2006, he was in New York to promote the US release of The Protector, including an appearance at the Museum of the Moving Image.
Sahamongkol Film International advertised that Tony Jaa’s third film would be called Sword or Daab Atamas, about the art of Thai two-sword fighting (daab song mue), with a script by Prapas Chonsalanont. But due to a falling out between Prachya and Jaa, which neither have publicly commented on, Sword has been cancelled.
On March 2006 it was reported that there would be a sequel to Ong-Bak, Ong-Bak 2.