One-Take Fight Sequence

Submitted by: buddy 9 years ago Entertainment

Look ma, no edits.
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Male 220
The guy`s expression in the very last shot says it all.
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Male 163
Im a reeetard errrderrraaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhherrrrarrrrdaaaarr afjskfajfhkahgah gt
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Male 876
Crazy! Now, lets all get training from Tony Jaa!
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Male 266
THE PROTECTOR! SPECIAL BONUS SECTION OF THE DVD SAYS THE SAME SCENE WAS SHOT ABOUT 6 TIMES AND A COUPLE MONTHS APART. TONY JAA FINISHED EVERY TIME BUT DUE TO MINOR FLAWS THEY HAD TO RESHOOT IT OVER AND OVER. IF YOU BUY THE DVD THEY SHOW YOU EVERY TAKE AND THE LITTLE DIFFERENCES IN EACH ONE. THAT WAS THE LAST TAKE AFTER THIS GUY HAD PERFORMED IT LIKE 6 TIMES. AND YES IT IS ONE SHOT FOR ALL THE SKEPTICS
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Male 184
Oh damn it, it`s in Japanese! HAHA
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Male 1,725
pretty good, much better than that 1 that was on iab before that was REALLY bad
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Male 37
"stolen" from imdb.com

According to the interview with the director contained on the Thai VDC, the continuous fight scene required at least 6 full takes to get right (due to objects not breaking on cue and stunts not executing exactly as planned). Each time the set had to be reset and the breakaway props replaced and Tony Jaa tended to with smelling salts. Because of the physical demands on the cameraman when running with the steady-cam, a second steady-cam operator was required to get all the takes. The final take was the one eventually used, which explains why Tony Jaa looks so tired near the end of the fight (he had done the whole routine 6 times at that point)

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Female 1,492
he did all that to get to a restaurant? was he that hungry?
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Male 1,385
Tony Jaa kick arse
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Female 1,470
Nice :D
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Male 28
Thats from the protector! Awsome movie!
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Male 1,079
Crazy
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Male 724
This is why I live in a constant state of paranoia when I go to a Chinese restaurant... never know when the beserked Asian man is going to bust in a make a scene...
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Male 493
Sakamura: It really looks to me like it was done in one take. (I actually do CG effects for movies). The asian stunt guys and Tony Jaa are all good enough that, while it would probably take a few tries, it would still be way cheaper than to do it in CG. Typically, asian cinema doesn`t have the budget for quality CG anyways, and in particular, this scene would be very hard to edit together from multiple shots, especially with steadicam footage.

So you should find it amazing that it IS exactly as advertised - one continuous take with everybody doing stunts and fighting and everything breaking on cue correctly.

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Female 169
That was awesome...Amazing how much abuse those stunt guys go through...Even if they take all the safety procautions, some of that stuff still has to hurt...><
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Male 3,631
Wow. That was f*ckin` AMAZING; reminded me of those stick-figher games a pinch, actually!
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Female 604
Maybe it`s because I`m a girl, but I got bored with that real quick.
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Male 593
WHOA.

"I wonder how many times they had to re-run through all of that, or if they got it all on the first shot."
Yeah I thought that... how long may have taken to set up everything back if they messed up! lol

"Why do people always have to cry fake? It`s a steadicam, people. You can`t save its position. It`s attached to a guy running around. They may do a quick edit in the middle of a really quick pan, but this is probably one take."
Amen. Finally someone who knows.

"There was editing. All the punch/kick sounds weren`t(and didn`t sound) real at all."
That`s ALWAYS added AFTERWARDS by the Foley Artist, you dumbo.

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Male 1,217
wat is he, the robominator?
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Male 46
yea its a good movie lol the story line is funny its about him getting his elephant back lol and it reminded me of simpsons sadly when he says WHERES MY ELEPHANT
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Male 1,882
That was The Protector, wasn`t it? It was a recent movie... I did see it. This was seriously one take? It`s amasing for how long it is but then again there isn`t a lot of actual fighting.
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Female 1,596
Oooo ahhh, ka pow! Bam! Shazam!
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Male 2,513
Did he just kill a guy by kicking a porcelain sink through his chest...
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Male 1,289
that was the single greatest thing i have EVER seen on this site...
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Female 91
Jackie Chan?!
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Male 149
yaaargh i mean this http://www.lost.eu/2e587
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Male 149
www.lost.eu/2e587 this is neat. lol
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Male 2,781
BADASS ACTION!
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Male 12
good for no edits.
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Male 385
One thing I`m curious about is if this is the way that the scene actually looked when it was shown in the movie. I had the feeling watching it that they were taking one long fight scene, to have realistic character progression (messed up clothes, so on), and then editing it later on to make it look more polished and bad-ass. However, if it appeared in the movie in this format, I say, "One take. It rocked hard enough to be sweet in that non-stop flow, but sucked way too much to have been edited together. Too many slips, bad grabs, pauses, shuffles, so on. "
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Male 72
Very lovely.
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Male 1,386
just like videogames! your character can get hit like fifty thousand times and live, but the bad guys die in like 2 hits! yay unrealism (is that a word?)
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Male 237
DiePSPolice, I don`t cry fake, I say it`s very cool and totaly unpractical to do a full action sequence without splicing. It would be putting your head in the sand saying for example the sound was genuine ;) The actors still had to do it, people still fell down, got knocked, the choregraphy is still done. Because not everything is "as advertised" doesn`t mean fake per se. It`s like removing rigging, cables, cameras, micros and everything from a sequence after it`s done, most shots require some kind of CG to clean up, it doesn`t mean it`s fake. Actors still need to do all that. I still ranked it a big 4.0 even if I "cry fake" like you say. No matter how it was done, it`s still a heck of an accomplishment. I just wouldn`t do 100 2-minute takes to get all this right with absolutely everybody doing the perfect choregraphy, it would be days, and cost millions for a fantasy that could very well be produced back using modern editing techniques.
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Female 43
There was editing. All the punch/kick sounds weren`t(and didn`t sound) real at all.
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Male 129
nice
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Male 737
I loved the progressive camera. Smooth and smart, with excellent action tracking. The fighting wasn`t bad either.

I wonder how many extra vases and banisters they had in the props warehouse?

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Male 536
Damn I felt like I was watching a replay of me kicking some ass on a random martial arts game.


Nice.

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Female 670
This reminds me of the movie District B13 (I think that`s what it`s called).
It`s a French movie that has a lot of very interesting and imaginative fight scenes... and I don`t usually like fight scenes, because they`re boring.
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Male 437
i never thougth i would say this but...those 2 minutes straight of action were boring. so...l8er i am gonna go "slap my salamie"
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Male 1,704
yeah that was awesome!
it sorta reminded me of a human version of them xaio stick men fights!

i bet what he said right at the end translated to "where is the director?"

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Female 2,220
THAT WAS AWSOME!!!!!!
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Female 110
i love this movie. i bought it as soon as it came out and its just a great story , plus all the great ass kicking! PS: don`t watch the USA version...watch the original...unless you don`t like plot.
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Male 643
Only 1 take?
They must be on a budget.
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Male 737
Maybe edits would have made it more interesting...
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Male 493
Why do people always have to cry fake? It`s a steadicam, people. You can`t save its position. It`s attached to a guy running around. They may do a quick edit in the middle of a really quick pan, but this is probably one take.
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Male 699
This was filmed in front of a live studio audience.
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Male 493
dudeman1st: That`s what I was going to say. Nice sequence, but 2:42 in Hard Boiled is better by miles!
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Male 234
That`s pwetty neat! though I agree with PC-Player, I don`t think it`s one take, but when there are no moving parts onscreen, they take a break.

But still, it`s smooth and fun to look at :D

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Male 167
very good fight. not the best but good.
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Female 302
What movie is that from? It have all the little details that make a good cheesy movie. Like the tons of things placed just at the right place to be broken (like at the end of the battle at the arcade, the guy is knocked back and his head hit the glass there, then the next one hit a furniture and its "broke" the light) and impossible thing like taking a porcelaine sink from the wall and broking it with one kick XD

Loved it for its cheesier, the fluidity of the execution and the end... Its like if he was saying

"Dammit, where my ramen?"

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Male 99
Almost felt like I was watching somebody playing a computer game with great graphics but poo camera angle.
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Male 988
everything you wanted broken, was broken
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Female 532
Not my cuppa, but if you`re into this kind of thing, pretty cool
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Male 1,265
When they were shooting the famous Lobby Scene in The Matrix the pillars were made of foam. If a take went wrong it took two hours to reset the foam pillars.

I`d like to think this was one smooth shot. On the one hand it`s possible, and it depends on the dedication of the filmmaker. It would be easier to do different shots and splice them together seamlessly than it would to plan and execute a single take of this length, but then again, I`d prefer to do it in one take because it feels more genuine and people aren`t being cheated, which as a filmmaker I wouldn`t want to do.

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Female 1,001
I would hate to be the dude that f**ked up
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Male 275
If he gets to the top of the stairs make sure to attack him one at a time
smooth camera work going up stairs and all
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Male 237
It is very well made, like PC-Player says, it`s absolutely not single-shot. It`s a well done edit but there are many cut points.

The camera is very precise because it`s computer-controlled. That way, you can start back precisely where you left off without any glitch. Some parts are CG`ed, many people are edited in scene. However, I will have to say it works incredibly well in this sequence, and it`s very entertaining to watch. Must`ve been fun to do.

Kudos to the director for that vision.

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Male 129
That was a great fighting scene. However, i highly doubt that this was one take, since there were a lot of stunts and it would be impractical to film over and over. I`ll have to rent the DVD to find out what the trick is.
Notice that the environment is very static - there are no moving parts in the background. My guess is that when the camera pulls away from Tony Jaa (or he is behind door), they can stop the take and save the position. Then, they set up all objects the way they were and can begin the new segment. Additionally, they may keep the action fluid by letting one part of the screen show last take and part of the screen show the new take.
No matter, the action sequence has a very unique feel to it.
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Male 1,024
wow
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Male 242
That was good, but I`ve seen better fighting.
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Male 967
Blazing $h!t, man. Tony Jaa is da shiznit!
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Male 1,003
you wouldnt think at least a few of the bad guys would have a gun, knife maybe?
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Male 946
my thorts exactly R U Kidding
wow very well done. where he chucked that guy over the balcony was great
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Female 88
It`s Tony Jaa in "Tom Yum Goong".
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Male 838
Excelent Grass Hopper! Now it`s time to your final exam...sex.
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Male 109
Love it and respect it. All that time and one shot. Have to do it right the first time, or it`ll take a lot to re-shoot me thinks
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Male 897
Hahaha, yep. I love that movie! One thing is for sure; Never screw with another man`s elephant!
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Male 1,455
IM IN UR MALL, PWNING T3H N00BS...
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Male 4,246
Very impressive! But, he can shake off a chair getting smashed over him, but 2 other guys are taken down with one vase? Some pretty sad-sack henchmen, right there.
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Female 178
I wonder how many times they had to re-run through all of that, or if they got it all on the first shot.
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Female 395
Note to self: Don`t piss off the hungry Asian guy.
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Female 1,228
Yes, that was GREAT!!
You gotta love Tony Jaa!
Did anyone else think his trousers were a tad too tight???
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Male 357
very nice....good receivers
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Male 78
I saw that movie.
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Male 232
that was cool, kinda
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Male 902
Frank castle hung up the phone and shot a meaningful glance at his crew of up and coming Punishers. Then his head fell and a single tear slid down his cheek.

"Master, what`s wrong?", cried his young apprentices. "Tony Jaa is on the way. And he`s pissed.", answered the weeping man.

The silence was deafening. Except for the sound of shat pants.

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Male 1,354
Pretty good, but it`s no "two minutes, forty-two seconds" a la John Woo.
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Male 732
That was kinda cool.
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Female 65
Best. Fluid. Master. Ever.
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Male 145
Ne edits indeed... ruined a lot!
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Female 160
uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh i`m not a fan of action so........that wasnt too amazing
but i guess if you like action
then......uhh good for you
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Male 14
gotta love tony jaa!!
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Male 10,115
Link: One-Take Fight Sequence [Rate Link] - Look ma, no edits.
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