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Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior [Blu-ray] [Import]

Suchao Pongvilai , Tony Jaa , Prachya Pinkaew    R (Restricted)   Blu-ray
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tony Jaa has arrived!!! Sept. 20 2005
Tony Jaa is a Martial Arts Master who has definitely come into his own. I really found Ong Bak very enjoyable and have watched it a couple of times. Tony Jaa played the character of "Ting" and he owned it. There's really been a void for entertaining martial arts movies with not many martial arts phenomenons to pick from. Tony Jaa is a huge star in Asia, but he is about to become an international superstar! Excellent work! I recommend it to real martial arts movie buffs as well as first time watchers. Congrats to Tony Jaa!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This movie is meant for Tony Jaa!, June 26 2007
By Jenny J.J.I. TOP 500 REVIEWER
Ong Bak had to be the one of the most fantastically realistic and awe-inspiring martial arts movie of all time. The stunts were incredibly original and fantastically choreographed. The movie is a nonstop roller-coaster-ride of action and originality. The "instant replays" were also a sweet deal. Every punch made me just cringe. The action scenes were frequent and insane. The storyline was effective, yet obviously not the main attraction. The acting was well performed with the exception of George's sister. But it was forgotten within five seconds. Ong Bak is a very good movie for a couple of reasons. It has great action, and I don't mean just the fighting. If you think it is easy to hurdle a Honda or do a double flip, and I mean two complete rotations in one jump, not just to flips in a row, you may disagree. The fighting is excellent as well. It is very well choreographed and pretty much constant throughout the film.

The thing that really sets this movie apart from most Martial arts films is the humor. It is a very funny movie, and not in the overt Jackie Chan hamming it up way we are used to seeing in this type of movie. There are some really funny moments you just don't see in action movies. There is an evil crime boss who has to talk into a microphone because of a trachea hole. There is something really funny about an evil man cursing in a monotone electronic voice. There is a low speed chase in three wheeled motorbikes with back seats that are used as taxis. And I don't mean a couple of taxis, there are like twenty. There are some really funny parts in this movie!

This movie doesn't have the story of "Crouching Tiger" or the Artistic vision of "Hero," but it is an excellent movie with a lot of humor and is full of good characters who are pretty well developed despite not spending much time in the movie not on the action. I would recommend any fan of action movies to see this film and to see it for Tony Jaa's amazing martial art skills.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ong Bak, a great movie Sept. 5 2005
By Matt
If you enjoy martial arts movies then you'll love Ong Bak. Ting(Tony Jaa) leaves his village to recover their sacred Buddha head. It was stolen by thieves. He has sworn he would never use his martial arts on anyone. During the entire movie he is forced to. This is because of chase scenes, being cornered and forced to fight, and the final fight to recover his villages beloved Buddha head.
This movie is full of action and I would highly recommend it to fans of martial arts films, fans of Jackie Chan, and Jet Li. Although there is little plot line to this film I enjoyed it thoroughly. I think this is a great film and it has a fresh face(Tony Jaa) leading the charge of new and innovative action films.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Daniel Jolley TOP 50 REVIEWER
Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior bucks the trend of modern films featuring martial arts as an art form as much as a fighting style. I happen to love films like House of the Flying Daggers and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, but it's still a real treat to watch a martial arts film built on realistic moves and violence. There's nothing artistic or beautiful about the action in this film; it's just direct, efficient, sometimes brutal violence intended to take a given opponent out as quickly as possible. This particular style of fighting is significantly different than that of most films I've seen, featuring great use of the knees, elbow smashes that make Dusty Rhodes' old bionic elbow look practically harmless, and some incredibly aggressive jumps from a standing position that usually result in some seriously powerful blows. It's really in-your-face stuff, and it's just terrific. Tony Jaa is an amazingly fast, compactly devastating fighter with all manner of slick moves that make him as impressive in retreat as he is in the proverbial fighting ring.

The story itself isn't all that complicated. Tony Jaa plays Ting, a student of the Muay Thai fighting style, who puts the fate of his small village on his own back after a thief steals the head of the local Ong-Bak statue. Already suffering, the village believes that doom will fall upon it if the sacred head is not restored. Once in Bangkok on the trail of the thief, Ting meets up with Hum Lae (Petchtai Wongkamlao), a former resident of the village who survives in the city by conning others out of their money. Despite a written plea from Hum Lae's father, the con man is almost no help at all, only warming up to Ting when he discovers the guy is an incredible fighter.
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By Lawrance M. Bernabo HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
"Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior" combines old school filmmaking techniques and really old school martial arts. The tagline for this film gleefully announces: "No stunt doubles. No computer graphics. No stings attached." Yes, they are doing astounding and beautiful things with wire work in movies like "House of Flying Daggers," and there would be no "Lord of the Rings" without massive amounts of CGI, but there is something to be said for watching a young man race through along the large branches of a giant tree or doing all of the things that Tony Jaa does in this 2003 film from Thailand and director Prachya Pinkaew that has finally come out on DVD here (being a stunt man is a honorable professional, that should be recognized by the Academy Awards, but the fact that some movies use stunt men is taken for granted in contemporary film making).

To be clear, Ong-Bak is not the name of the Thai Warrior. Ong-Bak is the name of the Buddha in the Thai village where Ting (Jaa), the Thai Warrior, lives. At the start of the film Ting has been taught all there is to know about the Muay Thai martial arts, after which his teacher kindly asks him never to use them to fight. But then a bad guy named Don (Wannakit Siriput), unable to swindle a local out of a cultural artifact, makes his anger known by chopping off and stealing the head of Ong-Bak. Ting is sent to fetch it back, and since he is willing to die to bring back the Buddha's head, using his Muay Thai skills is hardly going to be a problem.

When he arrives in Bangkok he finds Humlae/(Petchthai Wongkamlao), who left the simple life of the village long ago to become a petty criminal named George in the big bad city.
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