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Ong Bak: Muay Thai Warrior(Ong Bak)

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Thailand · 2003
Rated R · 1h 45m
Director Prachya Pinkaew
Starring Tony Jaa, Petchtai Wongkamlao, Pumwaree Yodkamol, Suchao Pongwilai
Genre Action, Thriller

When the sacred Buddha of a poor village is stolen, Ting volunteers to travel to Bangkok and retrieve the relic in time for their ceremony. Ting, trained in Muay Thai by monks who forbade him to use it in combat, must avoid the temptation to use it as he delves into the seedy underworld of a corrupt city.

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Ricardo Rico Profile picture for Ricardo Rico

Tony Jaa's breakout film, where we got to see the full extent of his stunt work and martial arts capabilities. Like other action films, it's plot is thin and is there to serve the larger set pieces, but the action choreography and craft put into the stunts and fights helps elevate it past a standard martial arts film.

What are critics saying?


The New York Times by Dana Stevens

Mr. Jaa, blessed with astonishing muscle definition and a stoical, sensitive face, clearly has the potential to be an international action movie star, and Ong-Bak feels like the start of a scrappy, potent franchise.


Variety by Derek Elley

Strongly recalls Hong Kong kung-fu movies of the late '60s and '70s, with physical grit, over-the-top heroics and inventive fight choreography providing the entertainment.


Film Threat by Eric Campos

So just do yourself a favor, get out there and see Ong Bak. You’ll leave the theater bruised and battered, but you'll be happy about it.

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