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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.
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.…
head, shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes
The script ain't worth shite! What makes this film special... is the beautifully choreographed and extraordinary martial arts, the parkour and the vessel housing this talent Mr. Tony Jaa! The lack of CGI and so called Wire Fu, and stunt doubles makes this film even more impressive!
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…
This film is the blue-print for what a martial arts movie should be. The following components of this film are what sets it apart from a run-of-the-mill martial arts film:
1.) Jaw-dropping martial arts - Tony Jaa is in a very elite class of martial artists. He is highly skilled in Muay Thai. Jaa was also trained in Aikido and he was a successful high jump athlete at university. He is still able to jump two meters high. Jaa want a stunt man for 14 years, prior to this film and did all his stunts in this film.
2.) Compelling Story-Line - There's nothing like using a…
You could remove all of the original audio, create your personal soundtrack to replace it, and the effect would essentially be the same. I mean that in the best way possible. This is a blast and it knows that it's basically a skate video for martial arts.
Oh, and that promo video in the special features featuring the RZA and his posse in some parking lot reacting to fight scenes in the movie has made me laugh much more than I'd like to admit.
A stunt/fighting masterpiece. I give it 5 flying elbows to the head for the action, but only 4 stars for some basic story cliches.
Revisiting Ong-Bak after nearly a decade (and after the shameful Protector 2), it's not as impressive as it seemed in 2003, but there are still plenty of moments that land with a nice bone-cracking intensity.
Tragically, the rights shift from 20th Century Fox to magnolia (which released the sequels) was not enough to earn the movie a new transfer. Had the film been remastered, it would be an automatic recommendation, but this disc looks terrible.
Alright so if you are a fan of martial arts movies, then this is a must! It has some of the best fight scenes and chase scenes ever in any action movies. It's a must!
My first Tony Jaa film, and absolutely not my last. I'm sure I am not the only one who first came across this film on Netflix, back when Instant Que was fairly new. I had no idea what I was in for, except that it had good reviews and lots of fighting. After watching Ong Bak, I was hooked, not only on Tony Jaa but more films like it.
The action is very good, BUT I was more interested in the early portions of the film that are less martial arts oriented and more about the story and characters. When the action happens, it feels organic, but later in the film it becomes impressive and also loaded like many other martial arts films. There's a level of realism that seems to get lost in what it is really great plot point of having a man track down something for his small village.
Good action sequences, mediocre movie
«Ong Bak» es el choque de dos mundos fascinantes: la estética japonesa y el fondo tailandés. En el primer plano, fusila la estética de los 70's japonesa sin ningún reparo —en especial del cine de Seijun Suzuki, aunque las escenas de acción parezcan impregnadas del espíritu de Sonny Chiba—, en el segundo plano, todo se mueve bajo las sólidas coordenadas del budismo y del muay thai. ¿Cómo consiguió entonces una película tan alejada del canon occidental ser un éxito mundial? Por el carisma de Tony Jaa, por una cuidadísima narrativa, por un universalismo bien entendido.
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