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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.
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
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…
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.
Surprisingly hilarious and what a crazy ending fight sequence.
One of my favorite martial arts movies. Plus you see someone's leg get broken off with the power of muay thai.
Pretty impressive fight scenes elevate what is a somewhat weak and generic plot. Ong Bak really seems like little more than an excuse for Tony Jaa to demonstrate his Muay Thai skills, with the plot just being a way to tie the fights together.
While this argument can probably be made for most martial arts films, it is really stretching believability when there's a scene where obstacles are conveniently placed in the middle of a chase, just so Jaa can do some crazy stunts. Also, the film makes sure you notice the big moves by the use of instant replays.
Still, the film was OK enough.
Tony Yaa made sure I was entertained by this one. Offcourse he did it with his athletic ability, which is just epic. The flips and turns are nice to look at. Especially in that chase scene through the streets. The story is simple and won't be the reason why you should watch this. If you are going to watch this then it's for the fight scenes and Tony Yaa.
Muay Thai master Tony Jaa choreographs and acts out some of the best martial arts fights I've ever seen on screen, certainly the best brand of blazing fisticuffs since Jackie Chan Fever swept the Western moviegoing world in the '90's. This bad boy should and DOES stand tall and proud with other such luminaries of the genre as Bruce Lee and the Shaw Bros. series of martial arts epics like One-Armed Boxer. There are so many "Whoa" moments of amazing athleticism and bone-crunching brutality on display here that I wouldn't possibly know where to begin. All of it done without wires or CG help, with the possible exception of a very brief shot in the opening scene that seemed a little 'shiny'.
Una soberbia exhibición de artes marciales (Muay Thai en este caso). Es un filme que llega a dejar con la boca abierta (con un aire a Bruce Lee) y las escenas de acción, gracias a las repeticiones, adquieren una mayor pureza y emoción. No esperaba menos del cine tailandés.
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