If you haven't seen Ong Bak 2, you should. Not just because of Tony Jaa's undeniable mixed-martial-arts awesomeness, though certainly for that reason, too. If you're at all interested in genre film mechanics, you should watch it for the way it dodges the usual complaints about the clunky plotting of martial arts flicks by turning its story into a barely-there abstraction. Its plot doesn't even rise to the level of a clothesline on which Jaa hangs his spectacular set pieces of kickassery, which is what would usually happen. Rather, it's the absolute minimum necessary to make the movie more than a music video. This isn't a criticism. No one else is doing quite what Jaa is doing, and I'm grateful for it.

The teaser trailer for Ong Bak 3 hit over the weekend -- you can watch it over here -- and it promises more of the same: eye-popping, vicious, remarkably lucid fight scenes, often involving elephants. The Wikipedia page for the film (which hasn't, as best I can tell, even made it onto the IMDb yet), features the following lovely tidbit from one of the executive producers:

Moreover, in Ong Bak 3 Tien's legs and arms will be damaged by torture and require Jaa's character to "fight with some sort of boneless action. This is homework for [director] Panna Rittikrai and Tony Jaa to create the action for us to see what it will look like to fight in the state of boneless condition."

Indeed. Ong Bak 3 will show up in Thai theaters sometime this spring, and over here sometime later.