I don’t know how many of you are in to foreign martial arts flicks, but if you are, you’ve no doubt seen Tony Jaa’s Ong-Bak. It’s a Thai movie about a young kickboxer trying to retrieve a sacred treasure from from Bangkok’s crime under world – featuring some of the very best martial artistry ever committed to celluloid.
Released nearly a decade ago, it’s now getting a video game adaptation.
Studio HIVE has announced it’s acquired the licence to use the property for video games, and will be bringing Ong-Bak to consoles later this year.
“Ong-Bak is well known as a powerful international martial arts brand,” says Sahamongkol Film International business development director Akarapol Techaratanaprasert in a press release “We are very selective with our licensing partners and found in Studio HIVE the right partner to bring Ong-Bak to gaming platforms. “Their approach to tie in movie and game is the right way to create a perfect interactive entertainment.
Kan Supabanpot, General Manager at Studio HIVE adds: “It’s a great honour for our team to work on the very first Ong-Bak multiplatform game. As a Thai development studio we love the movie and have a deep understanding of the Ong-Bak brand values and we make sure that the videogame will be an inspiring martial arts action experience for gamers.”
I just don’t see this working, but I delight in being proved wrong. The last game I played that was based off of an asian film property was Stranglehold, featuring a digital version of Chow Yun Fat. It…wasn’t too bad, provided you’re able to disengage your brain for a few hours.
Last Updated: January 18, 2012