Panna Rittikrai

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Panna Rittikrai
Actor/comedian Petchtai Wongkamlao (left), and director Panna Rittikrai attend ceremonies for the press screening of Tom-Yum-Goong on August 4, 2005 at Major Cineplex Ratchayothin in Bangkok.
Born Krittiya Lardphanna
(1961-02-17)February 17, 1961
Khon Kaen, Thailand
Died July 20, 2014(2014-07-20) (aged 53)
Bangkok, Thailand
Education Maha Sarakham Physical Education Institute
Occupation Martial arts choreographer,
film director, screenwriter,
Spouse(s) Laksana Saothongchai

Panna Rittikrai (Thai: พันนา ฤทธิไกร; rtgsPhanna Ritthikrai) or birth name Krittiya Lardphanna (Thai: กฤติยา ลาดพันนา;[1] rtgsKrittiya Latphanna, February 17, 1961 – July 20, 2014) was a Thai martial arts action choreographer, film director, screenwriter and actor. The leader of the Muay Thai Stunt team (previously known as P.P.N. Stunt Team), he is best known for his work as martial arts and action choreographer on the 2003 film Ong-Bak: Muay Thai Warrior and 2005's Tom-Yum-Goong (known as The Protector in the US), which starred Tony Jaa, whom Panna mentored.


Early films[edit]

"You've probably never heard of my movies," Panna told the Bangkok Post in a 2004 interview. "They are popular among taxi drivers and som tam vendors and security guards and Isan coolies. My loyalest fans are folk people in the far-out tambons, where they lay out mattresses on the ground and drink moonshine whisky while watching my outdoor movies."

Born in Khon Kaen Province, Thailand, Panna started out in the movie business in 1979 as a physical trainer for actors in Bangkok. Learning a little about filmmaking and inspired by the movies of Jackie Chan and Bruce Lee, as well as stunts seen in James Bond movies, Panna moved back to Khon Kaen and formed his own stunt team, the P.P.N. Stunt Team (actually known as Muay Thai Stunt) and set about making films.[2]

His first was Kerd ma lui (Born to Fight, 1986), which he remade in 2004. With more than 50 titles in his filmography, which stretches back to the early 1980s, dozens of his movies are available in the inexpensive VCD format at markets throughout Thailand.

International fame[edit]

With the worldwide releases of Ong-Bak and Tom-Yum-Goong, with their gritty, hard-hitting stunts, action-film fans the world over have wanted to see more, so film distributors are starting to release some of Panna's older titles on DVDs geared for the international market. Among the films finding new life on the home video market are Spirited Killer, or Puen Hode, co-starring Tony Jaa, as well as Mission Hunter 2, in which Jaa portrays a villain.[3]

Panna's martial-arts choreography work also can be seen in the action-comedy, The Bodyguard, which starred and was directed by Thai comic actor Petchtai Wongkamlao. Recent and upcoming projects include Mercury Man, a Thai superhero film in which he coordinated the martial arts; the sequel to Ong-Bak, Ong Bak 2; and Chocolate, a film directed by Prachya Pinkaew starring a female martial artist, Yanin Vismistananda. He co-starred in Dynamite Warrior, a 2006 martial-arts action comedy set in 19th century Siam and starring Dan Chupong from Born to Fight. It was Panna's first acting role in 9 years.[4]


Panna Rittikrai had been receiving treatment for liver disease since November 2013.[5] Rittikrai died in hospital in Bangkok from complications brought on by acute liver and kidney failure on July 20, 2014.[6] It was also recently discovered that he had a brain tumor.[6][7]

Main filmography[edit]


  • Ai Phang R.F.T. (ไอ้ผาง ร.ฟ.ท.) (1982)
  • Dragon Killer (พยัคฆ์ยี่เก) (1983)
  • Gerd Ma Lui (เกิดมาลุย) (1986)
  • Sing Wing Lui (ซิ่งวิ่งลุย) (1986)
  • Plook Mun Kuen Ma Kah (ปลุกมันขึ้นมาฆ่า) (1987)
  • Kah Jah Yai Krai Yah Kwang (ข้าจะใหญ่ใครอย่าขวาง - a.K.a. 2 Nuk Soo Poo Ying Yai) (1987)
  • Gerd Ma Lui 2 (เกิดมาลุย ภาค 2) (1987)
  • Petch Lui Plerng (เพชรลุยเพลิง) (1988)
  • Khon Hin Jorm Torrahod (คนหินจอมทรหด) (1988)
  • Mission Hunter (เพชรฆาตเดนสงคราม - a.K.a. Dark Day Express) (1988)
  • Plook Mun Kuen Ma Kah 2 (ปลุกมันขึ้นมาฆ่า 2) (1989)
  • Soo Lui Laek (สู้ลุยแหลก) (1989)
  • Hod Tarm Kheew (โหดตามคิว - a.K.a. Huk Lhiem Torrachon) (1989)
  • Hod Tarm Sung (โหดตามสั่ง) (1989)
  • Iron Angels 3 (天使行動 III 魔女末日 - Hong Kong film) (1989)
  • Gerd Ma Lui 3 (เกิดมาลุย 3 อัดเต็มพิกัด) (1990)
  • Tee Yai 2 (ตี๋ใหญ่ 2) (1990)
  • Kong Tub Tooan (กองทัพเถื่อน) (1990)
  • Plook Mun Kuen Ma Kah 3 (ปลุกมันขึ้นมาฆ่า 3 ตอน จ๊ะเอ๋ผีหัวขาด) (1990)
  • Black Killer (เพชฌฆาตดำ) (1990)
  • Tooan Ad Dib (เถื่อนอัดดิบ) (1990)
  • Taban Plung (ตะบันเพลิง) (1990)
  • Hin Tud Lhek (หินตัดเหล็ก) (1990)
  • Ai Petch Bor Kor Sor (ไอ้เพชร บ.ข.ส.) (1990)
  • Payuk Rai Chiang Choon (พยัคฆ์ร้าย เซี่ยงชุน) (1991)
  • Lui Talu Fah (ลุยทะลุฟ้า) (1991)
  • Paen Kab Dak (แผนกับดัก) (1991)
  • Gun of God (เจ้าทรงปืน) (1991)
  • Sing Nua Sua Isaan (สิงห์เหนือ เสืออีสาน) (1991)
  • Pee Nuk Rong Nong Nuk Leng (พี่นักร้องน้องนักเลง) (1991)
  • Plook Mun Kuen Mah Fad Phee Kad (ปลุกมันขึ้นมาฟัดผีกัด - a.K.a. Awakened Zombie Battles) (1991)
  • Song Kram Phee (สงครามผี - a.K.a. Ghost War) (1991)
  • Peen Gleaw (ปีนเกลียว) (1992)
  • Ai Petch Bor Kor Sor 2 (ไอ้เพชร บ.ข.ส. 2) (1992)
  • Tayard.. Ai Phang R.F.T. (ทายาท.. ไอ้ผาง ร.ฟ.ท.) (1992)
  • Pong Pong Chung (โป้ง โป้ง ชึ่ง) (1992)
  • Ling Lark Harng Ai Charng Teeb (ลิงลากหาง ไอ้ช้างถีบ) (1992)
  • Hod Lah Hin (โหดล่าหิน) (1992)
  • Singh Siam (สิงห์สยาม - Tony Jaa's debut at Panna Stuntmen Team) (1992)
  • Kuan Ouy (กวนโอ๊ย) (1993)
  • Tood Mor Rana (ทูตมรณะ) (1993)
  • Tiger Hill (ยอดคนเสือภูเขา - Yord Khon Sua Poo Khao) (1993)
  • Black Killer 2 (เพชฌฆาตดำ 2) (1994)
  • Nuk Leng Klong Yao (นักเลงกลองยาว) (1994)
  • Kuang Ther Mar Plon (ควงเธอมาปล้น) (1994)
  • Payuk Rai Chiang Choon 2 (พยัคฆ์ร้าย เซี่ยงชุน 2) (1994)
  • Plook Mun Kuen Ma Kah 4 (ปลุกมันขึ้นมาฆ่า 4 - a.K.a. Spirited Killer) (1994)
  • Kah Mar Kub Puen (ข้ามากับปืน) (1995)
  • Esan Fighter (นักสู้เมืองอีสาน) (1995)
  • Peen Gleaw 2 (ปีนเกลียว 2) (1995)
  • Kong Tub Tooan 2 (กองทัพเถื่อน 2) (1995)
  • Ath Laek Ai Petch Bor Kor Sor - Ai Phang R.F.T. (อัดแหลก ไอ้เพชร บขส. - ไอ้ผาง รฟท.) (1995)
  • Mue Prab Puen Hode (มือปราบปืนโหด - a.K.a. Hard Gun) (1996)
  • Kon Dib Lhek Nam Pee (คนดิบ เหล็กน้ำพี้) (1996)
  • Mission Hunter 2 (เพชรฆาตเดนสงคราม 2 - a.K.a. Battle Warrior) (1996)
  • Kon Look Toong (ฅนลูกทุ่ง) (1996)
  • Puta Khatha Thalom Khon (ปู่ตา คาถาถล่มคน) (1997)
  • Chiang Choon 3: Payuk Rai Krok Taek (เซี่ยงชุน 3 พยัคฆ์ร้ายครกแตก) (1997)
  • Peen Gleaw 3 (ปีนเกลียว 3) (1997)
  • Dynamite Warrior (ฅนไฟบิน) (2006)
  • Bangkok Knockout (โคตรสู้ โคตรโส) (2010)


  • Gerd Ma Lui (เกิดมาลุย) (1986)
  • Plook Mun Kuen Ma Kah 4 (ปลุกมันขึ้นมาฆ่า 4 - a.K.a. Spirited Killer) (1994)
  • Nuk Leng Klong Yao (นักเลงกลองยาว) (1994)
  • Mue Prab Puen Hode (มือปราบปืนโหด - a.K.a. Hard Gun) (1996)
  • Kon Dib Lhek Nam Pee (คนดิบ เหล็กน้ำพี้) (1996)
  • The Bodyguard (2004)
  • Born to Fight (2004)
  • Ong-Bak 2 (2008)
  • Ong-Bak 3 (2010)
  • Bangkok Knockout (โคตรสู้ โคตรโส) (2010)
  • Vengeance of an Assassin (2014)


Martial arts choreographer[edit]


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