Best Asian Action Movie

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What do you think is the best Asian action film?

I plead for 'Kung Fu Hustle' (2004) by Stephen Chow, who also plays the leading role.


The film was nominated for sixteen Hong Kong Film Awards, out of which winning: Best Picture, Best Action Choreography, Best Film Editing, Best Sound Effects, Best Supporting Actor and Best Visual Effects.[75] Five more awards were later picked up at the Golden Horse Awards including an award for Best Director for Stephen Chow.[76] In the United States Kung Fu Hustle was well received by various film critic associations winning awards for Best Foreign Language Film from Boston-, Chicago-, Las Vegas- and Phoenix-based critics.[77] it was later nominated for six Satellite Awards[78] and one MTV Movie Award for best fight scene.[79] In the United Kingdom at 59th British Academy Film Awards the film was nominated for a BAFTA.



 
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Ong Bak II, from Thailand. The elephants stunt is no computer animation.


Actor Tony Jaa is, among other things, a Buddhist monk.


Tatchakorn Yeerum[1][2] (Thai: ทัชชกร ยีรัมย์; RTGS: Thatchakon Yiram; pronounced [tʰát.t͡ɕʰā.kɔ̄ːn jīː.rām]; formerly Phanom Yeerum (Thai: พนม ยีรัมย์; [pʰā.nōm jīː.rām]); born 5 February 1976), better known internationally as Tony Jaa and in Thailand as Jaa Phanom (Thai: จา พนม; RTGS: Cha Phanom; [t͡ɕāː pʰā.nōm]), is a Thai martial artist, actor, action choreographer, stuntman, director and Buddhist monk.[3] His films include Ong-Bak: Muay Thai Warrior (2003), Tom-Yum-Goong (2005), Ong Bak 2: The Beginning (2008), Furious 7 (2015), SPL II: A Time for Consequences (2015), and Paradox (2017)
 
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Dec 2012
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I don’t think he’s an active/full time monk. It sounds like most Buddhist Thai men get ordained at some point in their lives.
 
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It sounds like most Buddhist Thai men get ordained at some point in their lives.
You´re right.


Twitchfilm is reporting that Jaa has been officially ordained as a Buddhist monk. As they explain, monkhood in Thailand doesn't work exactly the way you might expect-- it's fairly common for men to join the monastery for a short period of time, and Jaa's own mother says she hopes he'll leave the monkhood and get married someday.
 
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But Tony Jaa seems to have had the desire to make monkhood a permanent thing for himself.


During the shooting of Ong Bak 2, the pressure became too much for Jaa and he disappeared from the set for two months before eventually being located by his mentor Panna Rittikrai and talked into returning. He finished up work on that film and hastily shot a sequel, but now, he has apparently had enough. According to various sources, he has officially withdrawn from the world by riding an elephant to a Buddhist temple in Surin, Thailand, and taken vows to become a monk.
 
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Eh? That article is from 2010, no? He’s made a few movies since then.
Sure, but what I was getting at was that he at least had the desire to become a monk permanently.

Quote: But Tony Jaa seems to have had the desire to make monkhood a permanent thing for himself.

So he broke out of the scheme. That he relapsed is another matter.
 
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Three really good ones come to mind.
I don't think a film written by Frenchmen, directed by a Frenchman, produced by a French studio and set in France counts as an Asian film just because it has characters from Sri Lanka.

Oldboy's a classic.