Who needs the cinema of any other continent when you've got beautiful Japanese anime, disgusting Japanese torture porn, melodramatic Korean…
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.
A small village in the interior of the country is in great danger after their great protector, the sacred Buddha statue Ong-Bak is stolen. With full determination and courage, a young warrior (played by Tony Jaa) is called to retrieve the statue and to rid their village of a terrible curse. Ong Bak is devoted to explore how good Tony Jaa is doing what he does. Many people call him "the new Bruce Lee", and even though Tony Jaa is a muay thai master, and Bruce Lee wasn't, the similarities are quite obvious (I have to say that if I had to choose the martial art that pleases me the most, I'd choose muay thai, and that's probably why I…
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 generation's BLOODSPORT, but slicker, funkier and with even more action. The film exceeded my expectations. It’s a very cool, very grounded action film. Tony Jaa is amazing.
Krasse Kampfchoreos und Moves von Tony Jaa.
Jean Claude Van Damme.....watch this, THIS is how you kick! This is the first film I've seen with Tony Jaa in and I must say he has made me rewind and pause this film due to my shock at how he pulls out these incredible stunts! A great martial arts film with a number of memorable fight scenes. Don't steal Ong Baks head that's all i say, unless you want a mouth full of Tony Jaa's knees!
much of this film is acceptable at best, but there are a few stand out things that make it a contemporary action classic.
first, its sense of humor is perfectly laced throughout, without being too much, or not fitting in well. a few fun visual gags, mixed with some funny dialogue keeps the film energetic. there is a great, humorous, chase through the city about halfway through the film that is reminiscent of older Jackie Chan flicks.
the best thing about this film though, hands down, is Tony Jaa. This is his BLOODSPORT. Like that early Van Damme classic, this movie is uneven, but showcases its star, and its star's talents, in a way that makes the audience clamor for more as the credits roll.
while there isn't much here for those with little interest in the action genre, for fans, this is a must-see.
“No computer graphics. No stunt doubles. No wires.” Add “All Awesome.” Ong-Bak heralded a new era of bone-crunching action with Muay Thai advocate Tony Jaa at its forefront. Before going mental and running off into the woods in search of enlightenment; before getting careless with his elephants; Jaa literally kneed, elbowed and kicked his way to instant-legend status with this simple tale of a peace-loving monk who would kick your balls through the top of your head with his freakin’ legs on fire if you messed with his Buddha head. Containing some truly insane stunts – from amazing foot-chases through the city streets to brutal fisticuffs – Ong-Bak is an exhilarating cinematic experience. Shame that he betrayed what made him so great. In a post-Raid world, with the law of diminishing returns, he never capitalised on this initial success.
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Muy buenas secuencias de peleas con su respectivo slow motion en la parte clave del golpe. Una historia bien llevada, aunque aquí Tony Jaa todavía no le actúa muy bien. El cine tailandés de artes marciales vuelve a poner este subgénero en el ambiente fílmico en los 00's.
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