Ong-Bak (Ong Bak: Muay Thai Warrior)
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When the head of Ong-Bak--the sacred Buddha of a poor village--is stolen, the population is plunged into misery. The Buddha was the focal point of an anniversary vigil believed to bring rain to the drought-stricken area. Young Ting is selected by the villagers to travel to Bangkok and rescue the relic in time for their ceremony. Ting has an affinity with the statue as he was left on the temple steps as a baby and raised by monks, who taught him muay thai, but forbade him to use it in combat. But now he is forced to delve into a seedy underworld and try to avoid temptation.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Ong Bak is not very good -- but Hollywood suits would be nuts not to give Jaa a role in every action flick they make from now on."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"What Jaa does is often mesmerizing."
‑ Bob Longino, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"May be the supreme example of a filmic endeavor succeeding exclusively for one cinematic aspect."
‑ Gabe Leibowitz, Film and Felt
"Just a showcase for Jaa's athletic abilities."
‑ Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness
"I haven't been this thrilled by a new star since I saw my first Jackie Chan movie."
‑ David Cornelius, eFilmCritic.com
"Jaa's moves are impressive, but the choreography ranges from bland to ridiculous (as when one dirty fighter resorts to using major appliances as weapons)."
‑ Kerry Lengel, Arizona Republic
"The artifice-free antidote to such F/X enervation -- a jaw-dropper of a star-making display from lithe fighter-artist Tony Jaa, framed by a plot as bare-bones as a backroom boxing ring."
‑ Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
"Knocked my socks off, and I was cursing myself for not seeing it sooner."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Skittishly directed and haphazardly written, Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior is a bundle of old action movie chestnuts brought briefly to life only by Jaa's presence."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Jaa combines speed, strength, and fluidity in a convincing bid to turn wire stunts into yesterday's fad and return simple physical prowess to the forefront."
‑ Jeffrey Chen, Window to the Movies
"No prizes will be awarded to anyone who guesses that Ting beats all assailants and recovers the artifact. What you might not anticipate is how viscerally exciting director Prachya Pinkaew makes the action scenes."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"The best parts of this movie are the gritty and grisly fight sequences that have a power and intensity you don't find in many movies nowadays."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"Genius. Perfection. Thai-style fighting with sequences that will make you shout at the screen."
‑ Jason Gorber, Film Scouts
"While many martial arts movies rely on wires or computer graphics to pump up the action, this one is all natural."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"Suddenly The Matrix looks about as relevant as VHS tapes."
‑ Harry Guerin, RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)
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