Ong-Bak (Ong Bak: Muay Thai Warrior)

2005

Ong-Bak (Ong Bak: Muay Thai Warrior)

Critics 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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Total Count: 108

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Movie Info

Exhilarating fight sequences highlight this action-packed martial-arts adventure about an orphan (Tony Jaa) who embarks on a quest to recover the head of a Buddha statue that was stolen by a Bangkok drug lord. Petchthai Wongkamlao, Pumwaree Yodkamol, Rungrawee Borrijindakul. Directed by Prachya Pinkaew.

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

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  • Ong Bak is not very good -- but Hollywood suits would be nuts not to give Jaa a role in every action flick they make from now on.

    Mar 4, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/4
  • Jaa's moves are impressive, but the choreography ranges from bland to ridiculous (as when one dirty fighter resorts to using major appliances as weapons).

    Mar 3, 2005 | Rating: 2/5
  • What Jaa does is often mesmerizing.

    Feb 17, 2005 | Rating: B-
  • The artifice-free antidote to such F/X enervation -- a jaw-dropper of a star-making display from lithe fighter-artist Tony Jaa, framed by a plot as bare-bones as a backroom boxing ring.

    Feb 16, 2005 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
  • I think you have to hang a plot and some suspense around this. It was just so dopey and so endless and so repetitive. The guy's got talent, but thumbs down for this movie.

    Feb 14, 2005
  • A knockout of a martial arts movie -- and an elbow to the head. And two knees to the back and a roundhouse kick to the ear for good measure.

    Feb 12, 2005 | Rating: 3/4

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

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    Directors C Super Reviewer
  • Jan 15, 2012
    Tony Jaa burst onto the scene with this high octane Muay Thai fighter which really turned my head, a long time fan of good old JCVD I knew of kickboxing and Muay Thai but this film really displayed it properly. Its a silly film lets be honest, like all fighter action films the plot is childishly basic and revolves around revenge, as they all tend to do. From there on you obviously get many excuses for Jaa to fight many guys who are much bigger and to show his prowess whilst remaining firmly faithful and good to his religion at all times. The film is slick and well made with decent stunt sequences but its all about Jaa and his abilities which are impressive and very well choreographed. Could of done without the constant cheesy replays at different angles of virtually every little thing Jaa does, but if your a fan of these films you'll be used to that.
    Phil H Super Reviewer
  • Jan 01, 2012
    After reviewing several non martial art movies in the following days, I decided to watched Ong Bak because of it popularity and reputation. I was not disappointed and I got to see one of the best martial art movie ever made. The story is simple, but effective. When the head of a statue sacred to a village is stolen, a young martial artist goes to the big city and finds himself taking on the underworld to retrieve it. The story may not get better, but it works with a great cast of characters that actually fit into this world. The action sequences are some of the best ever filmed in a Martial movie. There should be enough action to entertain any action fan if you're not into the story. It's the complete package when it comes to this movie, good story and great action. No doubt that Thailand action movies became popular after the release of this movie. Even though I feel Tony Jaa other movies haven't captured the jaw dropping action he's capable of, it's no doubt that this movie is remain a classic and in the hearts of any Martial Art movie fan.
    Caesar M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 23, 2011
    A young country man travels to Bangkok to recover the stolen stone head of Ong-Bak, the Buddha statue of his village. Though he is an incredibly skilled Muay Thai fighter, his master asks him not to use his dangerous skills, in an effort to keep him from accidentally killing someone and being forced to live the rest of his life in regret. Circumstances and the corrupt people of the city force him into situations where he must fight, though, and he's willing to do anything to bring the stone head back to his village, which is cursed by its absence. The fight sequences in Ong-Bak are so fun that they completely make up for the fact that the rest of the movie is fairly dull. That won't matter at all, though, as you're watch Tony Jaa deliver endless flying elbows and kicks, while pulling of some absolutely insane stunt and fight choreography. Sit back, relax, and grin while you watch him literally kick the dust off people's heads.
    Lewis C Super Reviewer

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