Tweet Ong Bak is perhaps the finest martial arts movie of this generation. When the popularity of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon had Eastern cinema spiralling off into a blur of uninteresting, floaty wire work and swordplay, Ong Bak reminded us of what martial arts movies are supposed to be all about. Talent centric, bone-on-bone action.
Ash: I finally watched this the other night.
Some of the story line was kinda cheesy but the film did have this kind of weird charm to it. Just when I was beginning to think that the repeating camera thing that 'nobody' previously mentioned was getting a bit repetitive, it stopped, and wasn't really used again until the end fight scene.
That end fight was damn good. What did Ting eat before the fight? He put what looked like a roll of resin into his mouth. Then he spit liquid onto his arms. And I wonder what the henchman injected himself with?
In that end scene he jams like 5 syringes into his chest at once. And Freep, I did notice that nod to Spielberg written on the wall in that alley chase scene.
I had to rewind it and pause just to be sure. The treasure of this film is the fight club scene where Ting takes on three crazy mofo's: 1.
Big Bear - Big Aussie with long black curly hair. Don Chido- I think that was his name An asian with an afro. Tae-Kwon-Do master.
Mad Dog- Totally insane Adam Sandler look alike. Attacks using objects around him like chairs, bottles, vases, refrigerators and live electrical lines ripped out of the wall. That bar fight scene was awesome!
After the film ended, I had to go back and watch that scene again. And I think I counted at least 30 elbows straight down to the top of the head throughout the movie. And Ting uses the Super Elbow! He takes a chunk out of the top of a guy's head with it.
It actually was a pretty good movie. If you haven't seen it, I definitely recommend it just for the fight scenes. The best part for me was the chase scene in the streets.
Watching Jaa do the various stunts, all without wires, was absolutely stunning.
I can't wait till the psuedo-sequel Tom Yum Goong comes out here. I had heard great things about it in Asian Cult Cinema, and I was not disappointed.
It was like watching a great HK action flick from the late 80's; it's a shame they only do Canto-pop star nonsense movies now. I saw it again in when it got a theatrical release, and the French distribution company had altered the soundtrack, removing the traditional Thai music from some fight scenes and chase scenes and replacing it with idiotic quasi hip hop beats, probably to give it more 'international appeal'.
But all the action was still there, including an arm break and leg break that were excised from the HK release. The trailers at www.