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 statueSee more details below

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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:
02/02/2010
UPC:
0024543662457
Original Release:
2003
Rating:
R
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
A
Time:
1:45:00

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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

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The movements of Muay Thai; Rap music video with Tony Jaa; Live Tony Jaa performance

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