Ong-Bak (Ong Bak: Muay Thai Warrior) (2005)
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.
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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 the big city's seething criminal underworld, and forced to use his fighting skills to dispatch a parade of thugs in an underground fight club on his way to finding the criminal mastermind who stole the Buddha head so he can return it before drought and starvation bring his hometown to ruin. … More
|Rating:||R (for sequences of strong violence, language, some drug use and sexuality)|
|Genre:||Drama, Action & Adventure, Art House & International|
|Directed By:||Prachya Pinkaew|
|Written By:||Suphachai Sithiamphian, Suphachai Sithiamphan|
|In Theaters:||Feb 11, 2005 Wide|
|On DVD:||Aug 30, 2005|
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Critic Reviews for Ong-Bak (Ong Bak: Muay Thai Warrior)
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.
May be the supreme example of a filmic endeavor succeeding exclusively for one cinematic aspect.
Knocked my socks off, and I was cursing myself for not seeing it sooner.
Genius. Perfection. Thai-style fighting with sequences that will make you shout at the screen.
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.
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!!
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