Booting lives in a small and peaceful village. One day a sacred Buddha statuette called Ong Bak is stolen from the village by an immoral businessman. It soon becomes the task of a voluntary young man, Boonting (Phanom Yeeram), to track down the thief in Bangkok and reclaim the religious treasure. Along the way, Boonting uses his astonishing athleticism and traditional Muay Thai skills to combat his adversaries.Written by
Prior to the film's release in the western world, action hero Steven Seagal was so impressed by it that he planned to release the film through his production company with newly-shot scenes featuring himself as the teacher of Tony Jaa's character. See more »
Obvious stunt double when Don throws Humlae against a gas pump - Humlae's stunt double has a smaller head and more hair. See more »
Two cuts were released in Hong Kong. The theatrical release was identical to the Thai cut except the now infamous "bone-breaking" shots were both cut to receive a "Category II B" rating. This cut of the film is also used for the EDKO Hong Kong VCD. However, the original uncut version, with both the arm and leg breaking shots, was given a DVD release in Hong Kong, but received a "Category III" rating. See more »
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Tony Jaa Is Destined To Make A Name For Himself.
Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior more than exceeded my expectations. I have been waiting for nearly a year since I first heard of it to actually see it and it did not let me down. Although the movie started a bit slow, after about half an hour, things began to pick up and the movie never looked back.
Ong-Bak is about a small town villager named Ting (Tony Jaa), who sets out to find the head of his beloved sacred statue, which was stolen. Ting finds his long lost cousin from the village, Humlae (Perttary Wongkamlao), who at first claims to not know Ting until he sees that his village did not send him alone, but with a bag of cash to use as he sees necessary to get the statue head back. This is our first real look at Tony Jaa's talents, as the first chase scene begins after Humlae takes off with the bag on his motorcycle. Amazingly, Ting follows Humlae all the way to a pit fighter type of place where the real action begins.
Although the plot is pretty thin, it is more than made up for by Jaa's entertaining and seemingly impossible stunts. The movie plays up the stunts big, as it claims no stunt-men, no wires, no CGI, etc. With all that in mind, this movie is pretty mind boggling. Comparisons to Jackie Chan are going to be inevitable, and not undeserving. I can only imagine what the two of them could have accomplished if they did a movie together while Chan was younger. Simply amazing. 8/10
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