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- Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior
- 108 min.
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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.
Really good, but The Protector is the better film.
I was bored. I like The Protector more
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This movie ranks #695 in The 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films
This movie ranks #760 in Asian Cinema: A Field Guide