Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior

Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior

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Director: Prachya Pinkaew

Cast: Prachya Pinkaew, Tony Jaa, Petchtai Wongkamlao, Pumwaree Yodkamol

     
 

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Thai stuntman Tony Jaa makes his starring debut in this martial arts action film directed by Prachya Pinkaew. Ja plays Ting, a young man living in a village in rural Thailand. Discovered as an infant on the steps of the town's temple and raised by monks who taught him the Thai martial art of muay thai, Ting is sent to Bangkok when the head of the town's statue

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Thai stuntman Tony Jaa makes his starring debut in this martial arts action film directed by Prachya Pinkaew. Ja plays Ting, a young man living in a village in rural Thailand. Discovered as an infant on the steps of the town's temple and raised by monks who taught him the Thai martial art of muay thai, Ting is sent to Bangkok when the head of the town's statue of the Buddha, to which they pray to bring the annual rains to their drought-stricken region, is stolen. The country boy is plunged into the big city's seething criminal underworld, and forced to use his fighting skills to dispatch a parade of thugs in an underground fight club on his way to finding the criminal mastermind who stole the Buddha head so he can return it before drought and starvation bring his hometown to ruin. ~ Tom Vick

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Ong-Bak Muay Thai Warrior is pure, grade-A corny fun. Strictly following the martial arts film playbook, director Prachya Pinkaew uses a paper-thin, utterly predictable plot to set up a string of fights and chase scenes designed to show off the considerable talents of his energetic star, Tony Jaa. These include a footrace through the streets of Bangkok during which he leaps over cars, slips between two planes of glass, and dives through a coil of barbed wire two guys just happen to be loading onto a truck. His opponents at the fight club, each one more menacing than the last, are like comic book monsters made flesh. And of course, there's a merciless villain behind it all who must be vanquished in a final showdown. All of this is accomplished with sufficient flair, though Pinkaew's habit of showing Yeerum's more awesome stunts three times each becomes, well, repetitious, and saps some of the energy from the action scenes. The film is, after all, a bid to catapult Jaa into the ranks of international action stars like Jackie Chan and Jet Li. Tony uses an indigenously Thai martial art form that, in the movie at least, involves a lot of leaping and flying elbows. In one memorable scene, it also includes jumping off a tall platform, knees first, into a prone bad guy. Impressively, he does it all without wires or digital effects. A perfect, if formulaic, showcase for its star's skills, this film delivers exactly what it promises.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/30/2005
UPC:
0024543204084
Original Release:
2003
Rating:
R
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:45:00
Sales rank:
68,893

Special Features

Closed Caption; The 8 movements of Muay Thai; Rap music video with Tony Jaa; Behind-the-scenes stunt footage; Live Tony Jaa performance & more!

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tony Jaa Ting
Petchtai Wongkamlao George
Pumwaree Yodkamol Muay Lek
Rungrawee Borrijindakul Ngek
Chetwut Wacharakun Peng
Wannakit Siriput Actor
Sukhaaw Phongwilai Khom Tuan
Pumwazree Yookamol Actor
Pornpimol Chookanthong Actor
Nudhapol Asavabhakin Actor
Suchao Pongvilai Actor
Mum Jokmok Actor
Chatthapong Pantanaunkul Actor

Technical Credits
Prachya Pinkaew Director,Original Story,Producer
Clubbing Atomix Score Composer
Thananapong Boonyachang Sound/Sound Designer
Tony Jaa Choreography
Somsak Jewsuwan Associate Producer
Somsak Jiewsuwan Associate Producer
Akhadaet Kaewchote Production Designer
Arkadech Keawkotr Production Designer
Nattawut Kittikhun Cinematographer
Worathon Kritsanaklin Costumes/Costume Designer
Panna Rittikrai Original Story
Panna Rittkrai Choreography
Chaiyaachab Sethi Sound/Sound Designer
Suphachai Sithiamphian Screenwriter
Thanat Sunsin Editor
Thanpat Taweesuk Editor
Somsak Techaratanaprasert Executive Producer
Sukanya Vongsthapat Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior
1. Capture of the Flag [:47]
2. The Ancient Art of Muay Thai [4:41]
3. The Fate of the Whole Village [1:49]
4. Humlae [3:08]
5. Khaosan Road Fight Club [3:34]
6. The Pradu Legend [:22]
7. A Drought in the Village [4:43]
8. Hot Streak [2:01]
9. Get Him! [2:15]
10. Big Bear [4:06]
11. The Next Fight [:41]
12. Shock and Awe [:29]
13. After the Club [5:18]
14. Finding Don [1:03]
15. Taxi Chase [5:55]
16. Sunken Treasure [1:03]
17. Proposition [4:59]
18. Rope Fist Fight [2:01]
19. God Complex [:58]
20. Cave Fight [5:55]
21. Re-Match [:50]
22. Tell My Father [1:35]
23. A Solemn Celebration [2:49]
24. End Credits [2:50]

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Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
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Plot may be a little eh.. but the fighting scenes definitely makes up for it! By the time the movie is done, you're jaw will be on the floor! Definitely a movie worth buying, you won't get sick of it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Being a fan of oriental movies since childhood, it was a nice surprise to see a new face to the genre. Tony Jaa can fight like no other martial arts master I've seen in a while. The English dubbing is on par with all other oriental movies--fair to dumb--but it somehow doesn't detract from the sheer enjoyment I found in this movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
ok, three stars why? Not highly recommend, but sure a good moive. It wasn't a bad movie, it was great, I love it, but it was alright. The ending was alright, and everything was cool. Before you buy this, you sould at least rent it before buyig.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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 several 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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Since you're even looking at this film it means that you are of a group of people who are interested in this genre. I don't need to tell you, then, that the script can be melodramatic and the acting sometimes is a bit awkward.....who cares.... if you're a fan of this genre of film, you couldn't possibly. Ong-Bak is a brilliant adaptation of gymnastic muay thai moves that you've never seen before. The beauty of the fight scenes is reminiscent of Chan-style humor mixed with Lee intensity. I enjoyed this film from start to finish for its original moves and beautiful backdrop. A must see and a must own!
WRN More than 1 year ago
Nice Kung Fu, pretty, and kind of interesting.
AsiaSquawkBoxFan More than 1 year ago
I can appreciate a simple plot and a character who doesn't try to be more than he is. This film is worth watching for the fight choreography and fun, little surprises as the plot ramps up. If the film seems a bit slow, give it 20 minutes. Also, I found it more enjoyable to actually read the subititles than listen to the pathetic dubbing.
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