What are the best non-English thriller/action movies that you can recommend? You know, the kind you look forward to watching…
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…
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.
Tony Jaa no para de dar hostias en ningún momento. Incluso cuando no está dando hostias, cuando está corriendo u observando su entorno o haciendo…
The story bits where no one is being destroyed are SOOOO BOOORRRRRIIIINNGGGGG, more so than a lot of other martial arts movies.
Probably because Jaa has negative charisma.
But when he starts elbowing everyone to hell, damn is it good. It's pretty much just a stunt reel and feels like it, but the action is still damned impressive.
Though the film is a bit dated, Tony Jaa will always be incredible
Great Action movie, Tony Jaa's talent shines through
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!
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- Memories of Murder
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Who needs the cinema of any other continent when you've got beautiful Japanese anime, disgusting Japanese torture porn, melodramatic Korean…
- City of Life and Death
- Valley Of Flowers
- Tokyo Story
My list of foreign world cinema,from the art house to the extreme.