Ong-Bak (2003)

Ong-Bak (2003)

Tony Jaa introduces the world to Muay Thai in this action-packed, insanely choreographed crime thriller

7.1

Movie

France, Hong Kong
English, Thai
Action, Adventure, Crime, Thriller
2003
PRACHYA PINKAEW
Boonsri Yindee, Cheathavuth Watcharakhun, Choomporn Theppitak
105 min

TLDR

What do you mean the stunts are real?! They look so real!

What it's about

When the head of a sacred statue in rural Ban Nong Pradu gets stolen, and the village suffers drought as a result, young martial artist Ting sets out to Bangkok’s underworld to get it back.

The take

Ong-Bak: Muay Thai Warrior is, at first glance, an action-only movie that hopes to emulate something like Bruce Lee in Thailand. The Muay Thai choreography is memorable, the chase scenes are iconic, and the plot is scant in order to fit more fight scenes in it. However, the film feels electric precisely because it strikes at the fear of how local culture is erased, snatched, and forgotten for a more urban and globalized city lifestyle. With Tony Jaa’s amazing physicality, and the film introducing him and the art of Muay Thai to international audiences, Ong-Bak literally knocks out that fear, proving that local culture can survive, and maybe even thrive, on the world stage.

What stands out

Ting in Ong-Bak was Tony Jaa’s breakout role, and it’s because of him, his skill, his choreography, and stunts that Ong-Bak became a prominent franchise in Thailand, and even gained him some acclaim internationally.

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