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June 29, 2005

HOUSE OF PANNA

Great waves of stuntmen (and women) generally come from great teachers, and there's another name to add to the list these days: Panna Rittikrai. Just as Hong Kong's classic action performers can generally be traced back to Master Yu Jim-yuen and Madame Fan Fok-fa, Thailand's wave of increasingly-visible stunt-studs can be laid at the feet of Panna Rittikrai.

An action choreographer and film director, Rittikrai made both the original and recent versions of BORN TO FIGHT, the stunt-showcase that's been sowing carnage around the globe. He also trained ONG BAK's Tony Jaa, and did the action choreography in both that film and the upcoming TOM YUM GOONG. And now, you can read about his student Kawee Sirikhanaerat who's been crushed by a column in TOMB RAIDER 2, and gets beaten up in BATMAN BEGINS in this Bangkok Post story.

June 29, 2005 at 06:38 AM in News | Permalink

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