• Andy Johnson

    ★★★½ Rewatched by Andy Johnson 30 Apr, 2016

    Thailand has long been an important but peripheral country in Asian action cinema. Though frequently used as a location for Hong Kong films and known for its talented stunt performers, Thailand had for many years been unable to produce a star or a film which crossed over into the western consciousness - until Prachya Pinkaew's 'Ong Bak' did both in 2003.

    Tony Jaa was an experienced stuntman and his prodigious acrobatic and muay thai abilities are the glue that holds…

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  • Wolfiexe

    ★★★★ Added by Wolfiexe

    Based Ong-Bok

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  • Arkantos

    ★★★★ Watched by Arkantos 01 May, 2016

    Ong-bok

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  • Wally Crocker

    Watched by Wally Crocker 24 Apr, 2016

    Great movie for the arse kicking scenes, but it does go on a bit too long. There are too many arses kicked.

    I watched Chocolate yesterday, which is a more recent film by the same director, and it was incredibly similar in directing style, but much tighter. I suspect Prachya Pinkaew is one of those directors that does the same movie over and over again, but improves on it each time (a la Wes Anderson). In any case, I'm keen to see more of his films.

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  • Zach

    ★★★ Watched by Zach 21 Apr, 2016

    Ong-Bak is a fairly impressive debut from Tony Jaa, the Thai martial artist who blew up in the martial arts scene after this film was released in 2003. It's ironic that Jaa would be compared to Bruce Lee after this film, as Ong-Bak is very similar to Lee's debut action film, The Big Boss. Both films tell the story of a humble and kind man who knows martial arts, but prefers not to fight people, until absolutely necessary. They also…

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  • PRY

    ★★★★ Watched by PRY 20 Apr, 2016

    These super thin plots are only as good as their star's willingness to basically risk their life for 2 second shots. And thankfully for us, Tony Jaa either has brass balls or a hollow brain. Immortal.

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  • Lucas Hill-Paul

    ★★★½ Watched by Lucas Hill-Paul 08 Apr, 2016

    I kinda loved this movie, but it crosses the bar between stylistic and just plain bizarre too many times and some of the directional and editing flaws are too glaring to overlook. Still immensely watchable though.

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  • Ed Küpfer

    ★★★★★ Rewatched by Ed Küpfer 06 Apr, 2016

    Enjoyment: 10/10
    Quality: 8/10
    Bodycount: 5

    The old country mouse/city mouse story, set in Thailand. Country mouse Tony Jaa heads to Bangkok to retrieve a religious relic, asking his city mouse cousin to help him. City Mouse is set up as a streetwise hustler, but he is shown to be the worst thief/gambler/scam artist imaginable. It's almost funny how bad he is at slinging bullshit, presumably the one thing he is able to do well. Eventually he comes around, realises…

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  • Ingen

    ★★ Watched by Ingen 02 Apr, 2016

    While I'm not a practitioner, the world of muay Thai has been a part of my life for the past few years. I love its rich and ancient history and the beauty and physicality of it, how the human body can be honed to become a deadly weapon.

    I was familiar with this movie but had avoided watching it because it was made out to be ultraviolent. I watched it today with someone who practices muay Thai and it now…

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  • Stephen Huseby

    ★★★ Watched by Stephen Huseby 16 Mar, 2016

    It's pretty impressive that a film can work so well that really only has one thing going for it...

    Clearly it is the ubiquitous and incredibly impressive martial arts and the skill of Tony Jaa in his execution. He has a star quality in him... along side his mean elbow.

    Unfortunately the lack of story, poor direction and indulgent editing leaves this as b-movie fare. But the world it builds is ancillary. It is simply an arena for our modern…

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  • Aaron

    ★★★★ Watched by Aaron 16 Mar, 2016

    Expected thin story. Pitiful scam obfuscation. Very cool marital arts/chases.

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  • Belfry

    ★★★½ Watched by Belfry 05 Mar, 2016

    I had never watched this film before, but I had already seen Ong-Bak 3 in cinema with some friends and was told that Ong-Bak 1 was so much better. They were right.
    I absolutely loved Ong-Bak. The stunts were amazing and has inspired me to write my own parody. I really want to watch The Protector again, which stars Tony Jaa, but it has better cinematography.
    Would recommend.

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