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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.
head, shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes
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.…
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…
These super thin plots are only as good as their star's willingness to basically risk their life for 2 second shots. And thankfully for us, Tony Jaa either has brass balls or a hollow brain. Immortal.
Finally... The non-stop martial arts epic I've been dreaming of.
It's flawed, but damn I love it!
Stunts are amazing.
So i love martial arts movies for the most part and Ong Bak eluded me for a long time. I herd nothing but good things how it's "One of the best action/martial arts movies ever." so i guess i went into this with some high expectations. It doesn't help that every other modern day martial arts movie is now compared to Ong-Bak, which led me to believe that this was going to be epic. This movie however fell totally flat for me and i was questioning what everyone saw in this. It was almost laughably bad at points and super cheesy, it almost felt like a bad Jean-Claude film from the 90s. Tony Jaa is epic and the action scenes…
#250 ONG-BAK - A stellar martial arts movie. Tony Jaa is amazing. The man is all jumps and elbows. #DLMChallenge #366Movies #366Days
"Knives for sale" - street saler.
The tagline is awesome "no stunt-doubles, no wire-work and no C.G.I" definite delivers on truly amazing fight squences, that's without a doubt.....However once's the film, tries to kick in a narrative it manges to become boring to watch, messey script and poor characters and lack of focus let's the film down hugely.
Geschichte nicht so gut
Thailand has long been an important but peripheral country in Asian action cinema. Though frequently used as a location for Hong Kong films and known for its talented stunt performers, Thailand had for many years been unable to produce a star or a film which crossed over into the western consciousness - until Prachya Pinkaew's 'Ong Bak' did both in 2003.
Tony Jaa was an experienced stuntman and his prodigious acrobatic and muay thai abilities are the glue that holds this somewhat shaky production together. There are technical issues galore, but Jaa's phenomenal level of skill and commitment in the chase and fight scenes outweighs them. Less forgiveable are the slim story and characters that hold the film back from…
Great movie for the arse kicking scenes, but it does go on a bit too long. There are too many arses kicked.
I watched Chocolate yesterday, which is a more recent film by the same director, and it was incredibly similar in directing style, but much tighter. I suspect Prachya Pinkaew is one of those directors that does the same movie over and over again, but improves on it each time (a la Wes Anderson). In any case, I'm keen to see more of his films.
Just a list of Asian films I've seen so far. As complete as I can remember them/have them logged on…