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Ong-bak (2003)
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.
Petchtai Wongkamlao Humlae/Dirty Balls/George (as Petchtai Wongkamlao)
Tony Jaa Ting (as Panom Yeerum)
Pumwaree Yodkamol Muay Lek
Suchao Pongwilai Komtuan
Chumphorn Thepphithak Uncle Mao
Cheathavuth Watcharakhun Peng
Wannakit Sirioput Don
Rungrawee Barijindakul Ngek
Chatthapong Pantanaunkul Saming
Nudhapol Asavabhakhin Toshiro
Pornpimol Chookanthong Mae Waan
Udom Chouncheun Ta Meun
Boonsri Yindee Yai Hom
Arirat Ratanakaitkosol Tang On
Woravit Tanochitsirikul Sia Pao
Director: Prachya Pinkaew
Producer: Prachya Pinkaew,Sukanya Vongsthapat
Writer: Prachya Pinkaew,Panna Rittikrai
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.

Seen it:Ja
Nr of disks/tapes:1
Storage device:Divx 5
Imdb rating: 7.2
Running time: 105 min / Spain
Subtitles: Svenska
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Last modified: 2007-07-19 20:27:3