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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|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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as Muay Lek
as Khom Tuan
as Mae Waan
as Uncle Mao
as Yae Horn
as Pra Cru
as Sia Pao
as Hia Lao
as Bodyguard 1
as Bodyguard 2
as Bodyguard 3
as Bodyguard 4
as Bodyguard 5
as Bodyguard 6
as Mad Dog
as Pearl Harbour
as Big Bear
as Bodyguard 6
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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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