Thailand / Thai
"To fight for the honor of his village, he must unleash the ancient art of Muay Thai: 9 Body Weapons "When the head of a statue sacred to a village is stolen, a young martial artist goes to the big city and finds himself taking on the underworld to retrieve it.
Version: Edko's Hong Kong VCD release
In only their first movie, director Prachya Pinkaew and lead actor Tony
Jaa have created a very impressive, awesome action movie in "Ong Bak".
Jaa plays Ting, a muay thai fighter from a small village in Thailand.
The villagers revere Ong Bak, a statue of Buddha kept in the village's
temple, and believe it guarantees the safety of the village. Don, a
former villager turned criminal, removes the head from the statue and
takes it to Bangkok, to curry favour from the crime lord Khom Tuan.
Ting follows Don to Bangkok and fights for the return of Ong Bak.
Story wise, its a pretty standard action movie - it touches briefly on
serious social issues in Thailand, but only very briefly. Action wise,
its a pretty awesome action movie. Tony Jaa is pretty good showing off
his muay thai skills on screen as he fights a range opponents. Most of
the one-on-one fights are well choreographed and quite intense. As for
stunts: some of them would make even old-school Jackie Chan green with
envy. Jaa and Pinkaew have hit the nail right on the head when it comes
to action movies, and in only their first go!
9/10 - Hopefully I can catch it on the big screen some time.
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