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Ong Bak: The Thai Warrior introduced Tony Jaa to the international audience, and while its production values are a little lower than later efforts, it's still a very impressive achievement in fighting and stunt work, with plenty of humor and dynamic film making. I've seen Jaa's films in the wrong order, so I'm struck how Ong-Bak is basically the same story as The Protector, with a stone Buddha head in place of the elephants, Bangkok for Sydney, and a villain without vocal cords for a transgendered gangster. A fun ride like most of these films, though the electronic music used in most scenes is very cheap. I'd call it the film's one weak point.
Amazing Muay Thai, very good parkour chase, and car chase in tuktuks
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This movie ranks #695 in The 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films
This movie ranks #763 in Asian Cinema: A Field Guide