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

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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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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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Cast

Bunsri Yindee
as Yae Horn
Somjai Gunmoontree
as Bodyguard 1
Somchai Moonma
as Bodyguard 2
Taworn Tonapan
as Bodyguard 3
Dan Chupong
as Bodyguard 4
Don Ferguson
as Bodyguard 6
Hans Eric
as Pearl Harbour
Nick Kara
as Big Bear
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Critic Reviews for Ong-Bak (Ong Bak: Muay Thai Warrior)

All Critics (107) | Top Critics (27)

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.

March 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).

March 3, 2005 | Rating: 2/5

What Jaa does is often mesmerizing.

February 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.

February 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.

February 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.

February 12, 2005 | Rating: 3/4

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 an excuse to show great fighting scenes - and great they definitely are, with Tony Jaa performing all his spectacular Muay Thai stunts without the use of wires or special effects.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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½

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
Daniel Perry

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