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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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
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Critic Reviews for Ong-Bak (Ong Bak: Muay Thai Warrior)
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.
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).
No prizes will be awarded to anyone who guesses that Ting beats all assailants and recovers the artifact. What you might not anticipate is how viscerally exciting director Prachya Pinkaew makes the action scenes.
What Jaa does is often mesmerizing.
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.
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.
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.
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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