Ong-Bak (Ong Bak: Muay Thai Warrior) (2005)

Ong-Bak (Ong Bak: Muay Thai Warrior)



Critic Consensus: While Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior may be no great shakes as a movie, critics are hailing the emergence of a new star in Tony Jaa, whose athletic performance is drawing comparisons with Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, and Jet Li.

Movie Info

Thai stuntman Tony Jaa makes his starring debut in this martial arts action film directed by Prachya Pinkaew. Ja plays Ting, a young man living in a village in rural Thailand. Discovered as an infant on the steps of the town's temple and raised by monks who taught him the Thai martial art of muay thai , Ting is sent to Bangkok when the head of the town's statue of the Buddha, to which they pray to bring the annual rains to their drought-stricken region, is stolen. The country boy is plunged into … More

Rating: R (for sequences of strong violence, language, some drug use and sexuality)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Art House & International
Directed By:
Written By: Suphachai Sithiamphian, Suphachai Sithiamphan
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 30, 2005
Box Office: $3.9M
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Critic Reviews for Ong-Bak (Ong Bak: Muay Thai Warrior)

All Critics (115) | Top Critics (32)

The best parts of this movie are the gritty and grisly fight sequences that have a power and intensity you don't find in many movies nowadays.

Full Review… | July 21, 2012
7M Pictures

May be the supreme example of a filmic endeavor succeeding exclusively for one cinematic aspect.

Full Review… | September 26, 2009
Film and Felt

Knocked my socks off, and I was cursing myself for not seeing it sooner.

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

Genius. Perfection. Thai-style fighting with sequences that will make you shout at the screen.

Full Review… | June 21, 2007
Film Scouts

Just a showcase for Jaa's athletic abilities.

Full Review… | August 24, 2006
Lessons of Darkness

Skittishly directed and haphazardly written, Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior is a bundle of old action movie chestnuts brought briefly to life only by Jaa's presence.

Full Review… | May 26, 2006
Combustible Celluloid

Audience Reviews for Ong-Bak (Ong Bak: Muay Thai Warrior)

Like so many martial arts movies out there, it lacks in structure and is clearly more of an excuse to show great fighting scenes - and those are definitely great, with Tony Jaa performing all his spectacular Muay Thai stunts without the use of wires or special effects.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


I admit, I don't watch a ton of martial arts movies. I wouldn't have the first clue if this were a film full of cliches or a complete reinvention of the genre. What I did love was the simplicity of the story - true to Kurt Vonnegut's rule: every character wants something! - and the riveting chase and fight scenes. An adrenaline fest, for sure! I wanted to see it because of all the marketing - No CGI! No wires! - and choreography-wise, it didn't disappoint. It was also neat to see the little notes to Spielberg and Besson (maybe others, I only noticed the two) scrawled on the sets in certain scenes. Wicked guerrilla film-making, an absolute blast! Exclamation marks!!

Daniel Perry

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