• Trevor

    ★★★★ Added by Trevor

    It's a good action movie flick.The fight scenes were superb -- there's a couple types of martial artists on display here, and all of the match ups presented were interesting. I enjoy how well the film manages to put the main character against absolutely hopeless odds. I found myself constantly interested to see how he would get out of certain situations, which kept me interested and watching.

    The film took a while to get into a satisfying rhythm. They spent…

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  • siutou_amy

    ★★★★ Rewatched by siutou_amy 09 Apr, 2015

    Re-watched this in years. Story becomes a little tired, but fights hold up quite well. Extra half for it.

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  • Blaine McGaffigan

    ★★★ Rewatched by Blaine McGaffigan 03 Apr, 2015

    Let's face it, this movie is not good, but Tony Jaa's debut is just so damn enjoyable to watch. The fight scenes and acrobatics are incredible. Muay Thai is a really exciting martial arts style to be brought to kung-fu movies.

    This film gives such a candid peak into Thai lifestyle. Although the story is very amateur, I enjoy seeing the contrast between rural and city Thai culture.

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  • Chris

    ★★★★ Rewatched by Chris 12 Mar, 2015

    I think this could have been about 30% shorter if they hadn't repeated some of the action beats so many times. I think this was made by someone who thought National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon 1 was a serious film.
    Even though I've seen this a few times before I'm still surprised at how good Tony Jaa is. Despite the slightly amateur look and annoying acting it's still an impressive film. I shall be watching Ong Bak 2 and 3 very shortly.

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  • sfkb

    ★★★½ Watched by sfkb 28 Mar, 2015

    (Besson-Cut)

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  • Trash Cinema

    ★★★½ Watched by Trash Cinema 16 Mar, 2015

    Its just a nice festival of kickboxing and slapping where the bad guys are just like charachters in a video game and we just wanna see them dying and destroyed and our actor doing what he does best no talk and a lot of kicks

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  • Guy

    ★★★ Watched by Guy 02 Mar, 2015

    You could remove all of the original audio, create your personal soundtrack to replace it, and the effect would essentially be the same. I mean that in the best way possible. This is a blast and it knows that it's basically a skate video for martial arts.

    Oh, and that promo video in the special features featuring the RZA and his posse in some parking lot reacting to fight scenes in the movie has made me laugh much more than I'd like to admit.

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  • Chase Eiland

    ★★★★ Watched by Chase Eiland 28 Jul, 2014

    A stunt/fighting masterpiece. I give it 5 flying elbows to the head for the action, but only 4 stars for some basic story cliches.

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  • Tyler Foster

    ★★★ Rewatched by Tyler Foster 20 Jul, 2014

    Revisiting Ong-Bak after nearly a decade (and after the shameful Protector 2), it's not as impressive as it seemed in 2003, but there are still plenty of moments that land with a nice bone-cracking intensity.

    Tragically, the rights shift from 20th Century Fox to magnolia (which released the sequels) was not enough to earn the movie a new transfer. Had the film been remastered, it would be an automatic recommendation, but this disc looks terrible.

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  • Lucas

    ★★★★ Rewatched by Lucas 11 Feb, 2015

    Alright so if you are a fan of martial arts movies, then this is a must! It has some of the best fight scenes and chase scenes ever in any action movies. It's a must!

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  • exoplanett

    ★★★★ Watched by exoplanett 01 May, 2010

    My first Tony Jaa film, and absolutely not my last. I'm sure I am not the only one who first came across this film on Netflix, back when Instant Que was fairly new. I had no idea what I was in for, except that it had good reviews and lots of fighting. After watching Ong Bak, I was hooked, not only on Tony Jaa but more films like it.

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  • NinjaDomoEsq

    ★★½ Watched by NinjaDomoEsq 31 Jan, 2015

    The action is very good, BUT I was more interested in the early portions of the film that are less martial arts oriented and more about the story and characters. When the action happens, it feels organic, but later in the film it becomes impressive and also loaded like many other martial arts films. There's a level of realism that seems to get lost in what it is really great plot point of having a man track down something for his small village.

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