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Ong Bak: The Thai Warrior

Thailand martial arts phenomenon Tony Jaa emerges as the new Jackie Chan in a refreshingly fast and funny super action movie that ups the stakes on the martial arts genre. Utilizing the elbow and knee-heavy style of fighting called Muay Thai, the story follows young Ting (Tony Jaa) as he travels to Bangkok from his tiny village to recover a sacred Buddha head (Ong-Bak) that was stolen by a mob thug. From its fantastic opening scene of boys grappling to conquer a flag from atop an enormous tree to its quickly escalating fight sequences "Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior" is a pure cinematic treasure filled with impressive no-holds-barred fighting and a jocular sense of humor. Special features include choice of English or Thai language tracks, live Tony Jaa performance footage, behind-the-scenes stunt sequences, the 8 movements of Muay Thai, music video and the film's original trailer. Aspect ratio is Anamorphic Widescreen 1.85:1, with sound processed in Dolby Digital. (Movie - Four Stars, DVD features - Three Stars) Rated R, 105 mins. (20th Century Fox)

September 25, 2005 | Permalink