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Panna Rittikrai

Highest Rated:   73% Chocolate (2008)
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As the director and star of the Thai action classic Born to Fight, Panna Rittikrai could be credited as the man who single-handedly kick-started the trend of action cinema in Thailand. Not only did that film serve to inspire future action superstar Tony Jaa of Ong-Bak and Tom Yum Goong fame to take up fighting, but it also paved the groundwork for a collaboration between the pair that would propel both into the international spotlight.Rittikrai got his start in the Thai film industry as a stuntman at Coliseum Films -- his first assignment being to train action starlet Sureewan Suriyong in kung fu for the film Petch Tud Yok. That position eventually led to a job as a stunt choreographer for the film Phayakyeegey, and it wasn't long before Rittikrai was stepping behind the camera to direct his debut feature, Born to Fight -- in which he also assumed a starring role. It was that film that had a life-altering effect on a young boy named Panom Yeerum. Given permission by his father to seek out Rittikrai and pursue his dream of becoming a martial arts film star, Yeerum eagerly followed through and would later be known to the world by the name Tony Jaa. While Rittikrai and Jaa's first collaboration -- the 1994 action film Spirited Killer -- boasted impressive fighting, it didn't break any new ground stylistically and failed to reach a widespread audience. Fortunately for action fans, the pair wasn't willing to give up so easily, and nearly a decade later they resurfaced with the breathtaking Muay Thai masterpiece Ong-Bak -- for which Rittikrai served as writer and fight choreographer. A brutal breath of fresh air in a genre increasingly dominated by soulless computer-generated animation, Ong-Bak offered fight scenes that felt stunningly real and more than a little bit dangerous. 2004 was a busy year for Rittikrai, with directorial work on The Protector and a remake of his own Born to Fight preceding preparations for the eagerly anticipated Ong-Bak 2 (2008). That was followed a double shot of Ong-Bak 3 and Bangkok Knockout, both 2010.Though he continued to work as a stunt and martial arts coordinator, Ong-Bak 3 and Bangkok Knockout were the last films he worked on as a director, producer or writer. Rittikrai died in 2014 at age 53.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
20% Warrior King 2 (The Protector 2)
  • Producer
2014
No Score Yet Vengeance Of An Assassin
  • Director
2014
43% Ong Bak 3
  • Producer
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
$15k 2011
No Score Yet BKO: Bangkok Knockout
  • Producer
  • Director
2010
49% Ong Bak 2
  • Producer
  • Director
2009
73% Chocolate
  • Producer
2008
67% Dynamite Warrior
  • Black Wizard
2007
No Score Yet Kerd ma lui (Born to Fight)
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
2004
No Score Yet The Bodyguard
  • Director
2004
No Score Yet Plook mun kuen ma kah 4 (Spirited Killer) (Spirited Warrior)
  • Actor
  • Director
1996
No Score Yet Hard Gun
  • Actor
1996
No Score Yet Battle Warrior
  • Zombie
1996
No Score Yet Thai Police Story
  • Actor
1987
No Score Yet Born to Fight
  • Screenwriter
  • Actor
  • Director
1986

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