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Ong Bak: The Thai Warrior
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Feb 23, 2010 By: Chris Bumbray
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Director:
Prachya Pinkaew

Actors:
Tony Jaa

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
When the priceless head of his village statue is stolen, a young, nave martial artist (Tony Jaa), travels to the big city, and kicks LOTS of ass to get it back.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Nobodys ever going to accuse of ONG BAK of being a great film. Heck, its not even a good film, and the first forty minutes of this film are downright painful to sit through. It takes forever for Jaa to finally put his Muay Thai to good use, and kick some ass. But once he does, boy howdy, does this gets six shades of awesome.

Really, the only reason to watch ONG BAK is for the fights, and there are lots of those, so this definitely will not disappoint hard core action fans. Jaa doesnt use wires, stunt doubles, or CGI, so what you get here is the real deal. Some of the fights are so bug nuts insane that your jaw will literally hit the floor at times. I particularly enjoyed the series of fights that begins in an underground arena, with Jaa being lured into action by a burli Australian psychopath. The build-up in this scene is hilarious, as it goes on for a ridiculously long time, but once Jaa gets started- bones snap, and lives are ended.

In terms of Jaas films, Id say ONG BAK is a notch below THE PROTECTOR/ TOM YUM GOONG, as its not as polished or envelope pushing as that film (the steadicam fight scene is incredible), but its better than the recent ONG BAK 2- although that has better production values.
THE EXTRAS
All of the extras seem ported over from the previous Fox DVD. Its worth noting that this is Luc Bessons Europa Corp., recut of the film, which trims about twenty minutes from the film, and rescores large chunks of the film. For the original, youll probably have to go import.

The extras are pretty disposable. The Movements of Muay Thai is a ninety second demo piece, and A Live Performance by Tony Jaa and his stuntmen at two minutes isnt much better. Next up is a French rap video featuring Jaa, and a seven minute Making of for the music vid, which is oddly more comprehensive than any of the bonus material actually relating to the film. Finally, we get some fight B-Roll , and a Promo by The Rza , which is unintentionally hilarious.

FINAL DIAGNOSIS
In many ways, this is Jaas THE BIG BOSS, or SNAKE IN EAGLES SHADO, as it really does a great job introducing us to a martial artist ho may prove to be the next legend in the making. ONG BAK, while not particularly slick, is still a damn fun fight flick, and a no brainer for action junkies- although the upgrade to blu-ray is probably not a must.
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