Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior (English dubbed)

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Magnolia Pictures Released 2003

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Director:
Prachya Pinkaew
Released:
2003
Rating:
R
Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior is a 2003 Thai martial arts film starring Tony Jaa in a story about one young fighter's quest to defend his small village in the big city. Jaa turns in a breakout performance as Ting, the most gifted Thai fighter in his peaceful village in Northeast Thailand. Ting is training to be a monk, and has no intention of using his fighting skill for anything other than the defense of his village. So when a group of heartless businessmen steal the only thing of any value in the poor village—the head of their Buddha statue, named Ong-Bak—everyone looks to Ting to travel to Bangkok and recover the precious idol. With the help of a couple of street-smart friends he meets in the big city, Ting fights his way through heavy opposition to find the man responsible for the vandalization of his village. Ong Bak: The Thai Warrior introduced Western audiences to the exciting style of Muay Thai, a kickboxing style known for powerful strikes with the elbows, shins, and knees. Tony Jaa wowed audiences around the world with his stunts in Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior, and he has been hailed as the next major martial-arts star. Âmoreless

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  • 80

    The New York Times 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 st...

  • 80

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    It's a display of phenomenal dexterity and nimble grace that's a joy to watch. That, friends, is entertainment.

  • 80

    Variety 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.

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mind bending moves, Martial Arts, Foreign Language, Crime, on a mission from god