Chiang Mai movies update, Friday, December 5
by Thomas Ohlson
Best Bets: Traitor. Twilight. Ong-Bak 2.
Ong-Bak 2 opens today (December 5) in a blitz of showings. Every half hour or so.
Please see the revised list of movie times for Major Cineplex at Airport Plaza and for Vista at Kadsuankaew beginning today.
Thanks to Vista for rescuing the excellent Traitor. It’s left the Major Cineplex lineup, but has been picked up by Vista for a resurrected life. Do see it while you can.
Opening today, Friday, December 5
Ong-Bak 2 / องค์บาก 2: Thai Action/ Adventure – 100 mins – Expectations are high that this second Ong-Bak film will be very good entertainment indeed. The original was one of the better Thai action films of recent years, truly exciting, and I enjoyed watching Tony Jaa do his outrageous stunts.
Here is the official synopsis: “Set in the regal times of King Naresuan, Tony Jaa plays Tien, a man who was born into nobility but had it stripped from him after his parents were brutally murdered. During his childhood Tien learned Khon, a form of dance which is usually reserved for royalty. Although he didn't know it yet, Khon would later prove to be an invaluable aide to him. After seeing his parents murdered when he was at the tender age of 10, Tien is forced to live on the streets where he is eventually captured by a group of thieves who take him in and teach him how to steal and fight. Tien’s expertise as a thief and fighter grows, and it isn't long before he is made head thief. Then Tien sees something that makes his stomach churn. A competition is being held to find the best knights to serve under the very man who had killed Tien's parents all those years ago. Tien passes the tests easily and is made Lord Rachasana's 2nd Knight. Now, he has his opportunity to strike but he will have to use all his skill and ingenuity if he is going to get his revenge on the man who killed his parents, and stay alive.”