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November 03, 2006

MAGNOLIA GETS INTO THE PANNA RITTIKRAI BUSINESS

Dynamite Warrior

Magnolia has picked up Thai flick TABUNFIRE (now re-titled "Dynamite Warrior"), produced by Prachya Pinkaew, with action by Panna Rittikrai and starring Dan Chupong (BORN TO FIGHT). Sahamongkol, the Thai studio, has started acting as its own sales agent recently after taking its titles back from its previous sales agent, Golden Network, and in the last month they've made a big sale to the Weinstein Company (for 13 BELOVED) and now to Magnolia, which is pretty hot stuff for them.

The press release gives the plot as follows:

"Produced by Prachya Pinkaew (ONG BAK: THE THAI WARRIOR) and featuring death-defying stunts from acclaimed coordinator Panna Rittikrai (ONG BAK, BORN TO FIGHT), DYNAMITE WARRIOR stars Dan Chupong of BORN TO FIGHT as Zieng, "The Rocket Thief," a young man riddled with grief and bent on revenge after witnessing his parents’ murder by a callous and malicious killer. The only information Zieng has as to the killer's identity is the tattoo-covered man who is part of an organized group of cattle rustlers. Zieng makes it his mission to stop all cattle rustlers and in the process return each head of cattle back to its rightful owner."

Later in the press release Magnolia president, Eamonn Bowles, can't help himself, "DYNAMITE WARRIOR is an absolute blast," he puns painfully. Ouch, he really BLEW it. I hope Dan Chupong BLOWS UP BIG.

Magnolia previously brought Tony Jaa to the US with ONG BAK who then took his business over to the Weinstein Company (who are also involved with ONG BAK 2) leaving Magnolia with action choreographer, Panna Rittikrai, who may wind up being the better deal. Panna has excelled at choreographing both THE PROTECTOR and ONG BAK, and he's also ventured into widescale mayhem with BORN TO FIGHT. I actually prefer BORN TO FIGHT (coming soon from Dragon Dynasty) to ONG BAK and THE PROTECTOR and I'm hoping DYNAMITE WARRIOR is more along those lines, emphasizing massive stuntwork over fighting.

November 3, 2006 at 10:00 AM in News | Permalink

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