Tony Jaa contract dispute leads to movie ban

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Thai director Ekachai Uekrongtham makes movie comeback with Dolph Lundgren-Tony Jaa actioner

"Dolph is such a funny guy. He's known for action movies and his image is that of an action hero who doesn't talk much. But he's actually very eloquent in real life." - Ekachai Uekrongtham
ACTION-PACKED: Tony Jaa and Dolph Lundgren (above) and star in Skin Trade.
ACTION-PACKED: Tony Jaa (above) and Dolph Lundgren and star in Skin Trade.

After a six-year hiatus from the big screen, Thai director Ekachai Uekrongtham has Dolph Lundgren's daughter to thank for his biggest film project to date.

His new movie, Skin Trade, which opens here on April 16, is an action thriller starring Hollywood actors Lundgren and Ron Perlman, as well as Thai action star Tony Jaa.

Ekachai said: "The whole thing started when Dolph Lundgren contacted me through my friends in Los Angeles.

"He said he had let his daughter watch (my 2004 Thai feature film debut) Beautiful Boxer and she told him, 'Dad, you have to work with this director!' So they flew me to LA to work on the script."

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Woeful Singapore U-22s held 0-0 by wasteful Laos U-22s

FRESH LEGS: Richard Bok (facing camera) will need to change players for their clash with China tomorrow after some of his charges succumbed to cramps yesterday.

They knew what they had to do.

Beat hosts Laos in the AFC Under-23 Championship Group J opening qualifier yesterday and the Singapore Under-22 side would have stood a good chance of mixing it up with the big boys of Asian football at the main tournament in Qatar next year.

But Richard Bok’s boys blew it in Vientiane last night.

Formless and clueless, the Republic’s Under-22 side were dominated by their Laotian counterparts at the Laos National Stadium, escaping with an undeserving 0-0 draw, which was largely down to the home side’s shocking profligacy in front of goal.

“I’ve said before that Laos weren’t going to be pushovers and, after the first 10 minutes, we were under a lot of pressure from them,” Bok told The New Paper in a phone interview from Vientiane after the game.


“They created quite a few chances, but they didn’t pull the trigger.

“We were lucky to get to half-time at 0-0, but I thought we did better in the second half and created the better chances. I’m disappointed to have not got three points.”

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Lee one in front of Tseng in Kia Classic

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Zainudin: Lions will bounce back against Guam on Tuesday

SOMBRE CEREMONY: 
FAS president Zainudin Nordin (front row, fifth from left) leading the football fraternity at the Toa Payoh Central Community Club, one of the tribute centres for the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew.
RISING HIGH: Singapore's Sahil Suhaimi (left) winning a header against Putthinan Wannasri on Thursday.

Singapore football paid its respects to the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew yesterday morning at the Toa Payoh Central Community Club, one of the 18 community tribute centres islandwide.

Led by Football Association of Singapore (FAS) president Zainudin Nordin, 274 footballers, coaches and staff from S.League clubs, the LionsXII and national age-group teams attended the event.

Speaking to reporters later, the football chief addressed the national football team’s meek 2-0 defeat by Asean champions Thailand in an international friendly in Korat on Thursday night, and vowed the Lions would bounce back against Guam in another friendly on Tuesday.

“It was a bit unfortunate that we couldn’t get the result we were hoping for,” said Zainudin.

“The boys tried their best and played their hearts out. Unfortunately, things didn’t turn out the way we wanted it to be. And nearer the end of the game, one could see the team  lost concentration because of the injuries.

“But even without senior players like Shahril (Ishak), Baihakki (Khaizan) and Hassan (Sunny), the young team, led by Hariss Harun, did a credible job for almost 90 minutes. So that is a positive sign for me.”

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Trevor Chappell's bowling controversy in 1981 caused huge row between rivals Australia and New Zealand

REMATCH: Cricket World Cup finalists New Zealand (above, in black) beat Australia (in yellow) by just one wicket at Eden Park in Auckland, New Zealand, during the pool stages.
Trevor Chappell.
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