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.
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…
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.
It's amazing stunts and fight scenes overshadow it's poor narrative and script. Your brain will remind you that the story you're watching is simple and lazy, but you won't care because you know it leads to another fight scene unlike anything you've seen before.
It's too raw and unfocused to be compared to the usual list of suspects that have made martial arts films in Hong Kong (Jackie Chan, Jet Li, Donnie Yen) but Muay Thai is different enough from most Chinese martial arts that it does bring something different to the table that is very enjoyable to watch.
Amazing stunts/martial arts. Less than amazing everything else. Refreshingly low-fi in this era of CG.
I wanted to watch this with Cat as she's not too well-versed in action films and I was interested in how this would compare to The Raid: Redemption (2011) for her. I really enjoy Ong Bak, it's a cracking little action film with great martial arts and some really impressive stunts. Tony Jaa is phenomenal, and although this doesn't have the strongest of stories it's still enjoyable and everything makes sense. Cat preferred The Raid: Redemption, but Ong Bak is definitely one of my favourite action/martial arts films.
Best of the bunch. The only reason I didn't rate it 5 stars is because I thought it was weird that they did slow motion replays of his cool moves.
Acting sucks but martial arts are great.
A fairly standard mission-of-mercy storyline, with the underdog, battling for the honour of his village against the evil tyrant. Middle-of-the-road story aside, this is all about the action. Overall it's very reminiscent of a Bruce Lee film and there's no doubting the authenticity of the fighting sequences. This undoubtedly outweighs the pitfalls of the script and the acting.
Un peliculon como la copa de un pino PUNTO.
A bone crunching, ass kicking, thrill ride. Some of the best fight scenes you will see. Until you watch The Raid.
this was amazing, well you know, the fight scenes/chase scenes were just amazing, he actually just did those things?
this guy is the fittest guy in the WHOLE universe!!
as for the story, it was a bit dull and the acting was pretty terrible, esp from the girl, lordy she was truly terrible
but please my letterboxing friends, dont let that put you off
you must watch this and prepare to be astounded
its worth the subtitles and the dodgy acting :)
I really enjoyed this martial arts effort. This is one that had eluded me for some reason. The plot is solid and the balance of action and drama is adept from director Prachya Pinkaew. Tony Jaa makes an effective hero, an honorable man of few words who exhibits his skills in front of the camera via Muay Thai from stunt choreographer Panna Rittikrai. The fighting and chases mixed with the memorable set-design creates some fantastic scenes. The flaming pants at the gas station is one. The notable problem that prevents this from ranking among other classics of the genre is the constant use of the slow-motion and repeat special effects. Pinkaew employs them entirely too often and it's unnecessarily irritating. Overall this is fairly standard and allowed a fresh martial artist to showcase abilities people were not used to seeing. The amount of comedy is also appropriate. And it lacks CGI and wires, which is nice. Good, not great.