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.
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…
I watched this film when it came out and I haven't been able to stop elbowing people in the face since.
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…
Muay Thai is a really fascinating fighting style. Ong Bak has epic, down and dirty fighting, and it's lots of fun.
I hope that someday I can knee someone in the face as we're flying through a window, and I hope that you get to see it, see it again in slow-mo, and see it a third time for good measure.
aka Ong-Bak, Ong-Bak: Muay Thai Warrior, Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior, Thai Fist, Mahha!, Ong-Bak: Nato per Combattere (Ong-Bak: Born to Fight), Enter the New Dragon, Ong-Bak: El Nuevo Dragón (Ong-Bak: The New Dragon), Enter the New Dragon.
I have seen this infamous Thai martial arts film once before in Australia, which must've been 2005, but the only thing I could remember was a statue's head and jumping over cars.
To be honest I was a bit disappointed. I expected a weak plot but it was too slow to get going. However, when it does deliver it's quite impressive.
Okay. Okay. I'm cooling down. I'm cooling down. Now, let me set this straight, because I'm so hyped after watching this movie I'm just gonna list the negatives and positives. Being a cynic, let's start with the former.
1. The girl is annoying. REALLY annoying. All she does is whine high pitched and just comes across as a stupid damsel in distress who serves little to NO plot purpose.
2. Too many fights at the fight club. What was the purpose? It just felt like padding to me. Awesome, but useless.
3. Tony Jaa, Ting, is bland in parts, hardly speaks and doesn't have much personality, but who gives a shit? He's awesome anyway.
4. The short, last ending…
Freaking. Awesome. Sir. Fantastic in many ways, apart from the uneven story and the repetetive elbows to the head (I don't care how effective it may be!). The story is actually a good one, Ting must leave his village to track down the head of the Ong Bak statue, vital to the harmony of the village, which has been stolen. He teams up with some dude who left the village in the past in the hopes of hitting it big. What follows are some amazing chases, both on two feet and on three wheels, some amazing fight sequences, and some nice treacherous villainy. Much has been made about the complete lack of CGI or wires and it certainly feels real.…
Hostia seca tras hostia seca, el joven Ting consigue cumplir su misión. La primera parte de la película me estaba dejando un poco soso, pero en cuanto el protagonista se da cuenta de que la única manera de conseguir su propósito es reventar a codazos en la cabeza a todo el que se interponga, gana enteros.
Here's a thing about me: I'll often avoid a film if it is being heavily hyped, because I am a contrarian. That was the case with Ong Bak, which, at a certain moment, everyone and their mother was talking up. The problem with my strategy is that sometimes it results in me missing something really good. That is certainly the case here; Ong Bak, if not necessarily living up to the hyperbolic qualities of some of its boosters, is definitely a good film.
The plot is almost incidental, but I'll summarize it anyway: a small Thai villiage has the head of its Buddha statue, Ong Bak, stolen. Tony Jaa plays Ting, a kickboxer from the villiage who, with the assistance…
Банальный сюжет из первой половины 90х, но с потрясающими трюками,которые не раз заставили сказать "Ого, ты видел!"
Young muay thai fighter completes his training and is then promptly told he must never use it. Then the head of his village's Buddhah is stolen and he must retrieve it from Bangkok, where of course he must employ all his martial arts skills to do so.
This is a lot of silly fun with more elbows to the head than I can remember seeing in any other film. The camera loves young Tony Jaa, so much so that his wireless, CGI-free stunts are often repeated 3 times in slow-mo just to prove he really did it. And I believed it all despite the obvious physical anticipation from his targets. Still, if there's another more expressive martial arts fighter in film right now, I'd like to see him. Settling in to complete the trilogy now.
Watched it with my dad, and now he feels like he can kick anyone's ass. Wouldn't Tony Jaa make an awesome Liu Kane in a Mortal Combat remake?
I heard a lot about this movie over the last few years and my expectations going in were pretty high. Tons of action and a half decent story make this a worthy entry in the martial arts genre.
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Thai action movie where a man must travel to Bangkok to retrieve a relic. While the story is nothing new, the action scenes are all pretty spectacular. There are not a lot of Muay Thai movies, which is strange, given how good it looks on screen. It's really intriguing culturally how the conflict between small town people and people from the big, evil Bangkok, including foreigners.