Ong Bak-Thai Warrior

Directed By: Prachya Pinkaew Starring: Tony Jaa

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When the head of his village's sacred buddha statue is stolen, simple country boy ting is sent to bangkok to retrieve it. Once ting arrives in the big city, he's forced to use his lethal martial arts skills. It's non-stop action as ting takes on a series of lowlifes and criminals in his quest to get the buddha.


Studio Foxvideo
SKU 40718708
UPC 024543204084
UPC 14 00024543204084
Format DVD
Release Date 2/6/2007
Rating Rating
Martial Arts
Music (General)
Organized Crime
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Tony Jaa follows in the powerful martial arts footsteps of Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, and Jet Li in ONG-BAK: THE THAI WARRIOR, one of the first films to center on the ancient fighting system of Muay Thai, which utilizes the body's limbs to potentially devastating effect. Jaa stars as Ting, a quiet young man who lives in the peaceful village of Nong Pradu. As the village's special celebration approaches, a Bangkok villain named Don (Wannakit Siriput) steals the head of the Buddha statue Ong-Bak, which is said to protect the village from bad luck. Ting volunteers to go to the big city to bring back the head of Ong-Bak, but remembers what he was taught by sage monk Pra Cru (Woranard Tantipidok): he must not use his Muay Thai skills to harm people. However soon after arriving in Bangkok, Ting, a peaceful fish out of water, finds that the only way to recapture the village's sacred treasure is by using his arms, his legs--and his head.^Influenced by the films of Thai action star Phanna Rithikrai, director Prachya Pinkaew hired the Muay Thai expert to serve as martial arts and stunt choreographer for ONG-BAK, resulting in highly effective and believable scenes between Ting and a multitude of criminals and evil boxers out to get him. Pinkaew adds a fun sense of humor to the serious story, not only in some of the crazy stunts but also in the character of George, played by Thai comic Petchthai Wongkamlao. Jaa is charmingly fearless in the lead role, performing all his own stunts without any special effects, computer enhancement, or ropes.
New York Times "[A] lively, bone-crunching action movie....Mr. Jaa, blessed with astonishing muscle definition and a stoical, sensitive face, clearly has the potential to be an international action movie star..." 02/11/2005 p.E13
Los Angeles Times "It's a display of phenomenal dexterity and nimble grace that's a joy to watch. That, friends, is entertainment." 02/11/2005 p.E4
Entertainment Weekly "[A] jaw-dropper of a star-making display from lithe fighter-artist Tony Jaa..." 02/25/2005 p.82
Sight and Sound "ONG-BAK prides itself on its back-to-basics bare-knuckle brutality....Jaa proves a capable hero in his debut screen role." 05/01/2005 p.69
Uncut "It's a revolutionary benchmark and a unique piece of scattershot genius..." 06/01/2005 p.140,Ranked #21 in Uncut's Best Films Of 2005 -- "Tony Jaa cements his reputation as the heir apparent to Bruce Lee and pre-Hollywood Jackie Chan..." 01/01/2006 p.82-83
Premiere 3.5 stars out of 4 -- "This movie has some of the most incredible action sequences we've ever seen...and they're all real." 02/02/2010
Prachya Pinkaew
Tony Jaa
Cast & Crew
Arkadech Kaewkotara - Production Designer
Nattawut Kittikhun - Cinematographer
Petchtai Wongkamlao - Actor
Prachya Pinkaew - Director
Prachya Pinkaew - Writer
Prachya Pinkaew - Producer
Pumwaree Yodkamol - Actor
Richard Wells - Musical Score
Suchao Pongwilai - Actor
Suphachai Sittiaumponpan - Screenplay
Thanat Sunsin - Editor
Tony Jaa - Actor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2005
Catalog ID 2230408
UPC 00024543204084
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 101 minutes
Color Color
Original Language Thai
Available Subtitles English
Available Audio Tracks Thai
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  1.85:1
ReviewSource New York Times
Review 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.
Reviewer A.O. Scott
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review Did I enjoy "Ong-Bak"? As brainless but skillful action choreography, yes. And I would have enjoyed it even more if I'd known going in that the stunts were being performed in the old-fashioned, pre-computer way. "Ong-Bak" even uses that old Bruce Lee strategy of repeating shots of each stunt from two or three angles, which wreaks havoc with the theory that time flows ceaselessly from the past into the future, but sure goes give us a good look when he clears the barbed wire.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 8
DVD, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, English, Spanish, Subtitled, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Actor Jaa,Tony
Label Fox Home Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Andrew Sun, Hollywood Reporter An effective martial arts film destined to leave mouths agape.
Dan Jolin, Empire Jaa's a star...a man very possibly worthy of the 'new Bruce Lee' tag.
Derek Elley, Variety Strongly recalls Hong Kong kung-fu movies of the late '60s and '70s
Richard Corliss, Time Pummeling, exhilarating.

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