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.

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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 … 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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