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Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior
No computer graphics. No stunt doubles. No wires.
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.
I watched this film when it came out and I haven't been able to stop elbowing people in the face since.
head, shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes
I watched The Raid again for the umpteenth time yesterday and it always impresses, it also got my taste buds tingling for a dose of highly skilled choreography and fighting... Particularly people getting elbowed in the head so hard their skulls cave in.... hmmm... A great reason to dust off Ong-Bak and let Tony Jaa do the talking, well... less of the talking preferably as he sounds like a 10 year old boy and the script was penned / crayoned by someone of a similar age. Let’s press play, sit back and let Tony do what he does best: kick, elbow, knee, slide, split, clobber and generally annihilate the opposition in an array of wonderful technical and elaborate set pieces.…
What a great idea on my part to follow up the wild ride of The Raid: Redemption with the similarly action-packed Ong Bak! Even though the latter has more of a story... it's unbelievably silly. Tony Jaa as the protagonist named Ting was a blast to watch so it didn't really matter to me that he wasn't the most compelling or charismatic leading man. All that matters is Muay Thai is crazy awesome. Luckily I watched it with my little brother who's seen it many times and studied its production. He informed me (too many times) that all of the stunts and set pieces were done practically, without any…
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.
The first couple times I saw Ong Bak the rather obvious deeply conservative aspects of the story bothered me less than they did on this revisit. Perhaps this perspective isn't sincere on Pinkaew's part, as Thailand has become rather infamous for its repressive government that enacts strict censures on filmmakers, but the level of strange ableism that deifies Tony Jaa's physicality and then uses the wheelchair-bound villain with a voicebox to represent corruption and impurity strikes me as pretty gross. It was gross even in 2003, but I liked watching people get elbowed in the face so much that I let it slide.
I still like the elbows. But not as much as I did. For every scene with some…
Le daría 5 estrellas a Ong Bak aunque toda la película fuera sólo esto: www.youtube.com/watch?v=QVOQX56a9oQ
The best martial arts debut to take place in my lifetime. And yes I include The Raid.
Ong-Bak is light on plot, but has some really impressive fights and stunts. The knee and elbow heavy Muay Thai style is brutal. Its not a great movie, but it put Thai action movies on the map.
i'm just not an action movie kind of gal... watched for my anthro class...
Takes longer to get going than I remembered, but when it does, it KNEES YOU IN THE FACE WITH FLAMING LEGS and doesn't stop.
It may have lost a bit of its lustre in this post-Raid world, and the story and characters are perfunctory, but the stunts are still extraordinary. Given the way the action scenes frequently rewind for instant replays of its best stunts, its main appeal is as a stunt showreel (perhaps one intended as an audition piece for Steven Spielberg or Luc Besson...?)
That bit with the saw blade to the forearms still looks as painful as I remembered.
Good for a Thai flick.
I've heard a lot about this film and was initially excited to see it. The first half is decent and has a pretty standard setup; but, I can't help but wondering whether or not the budget was cut during the last half of the film. The technical elements in the last half are atrocious. Time after time we see Humlae's stunt double, pads underneath clothing, stunt floors (a la Xena: Warrior Princess), and wires galore.
Aside from the shoddy film making and post-production elements, I had two global problems: 1) Humlae is the only character with a real arc, and it's cliche to the point of tears, and 2) all things considered, the fighting choreography just isn't that great. As…
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