Nov. 20, 2004, 4:39 p.m. CST
Ong Bak is a great martial arts movie. I saw it a few months ago on DVD. Strongly recommend it.
Nov. 20, 2004, 4:58 p.m. CST
So when Luc Besson cuts a foreign film for the international market it is a "polish" but when MiramAXE does the same thing everyone gets pissed and shouts at them for not respecting the source material? What kind of weird double standard is this?? I for one will stick with my uncut Thai version of this film.
Nov. 20, 2004, 7:12 p.m. CST
..that is movie made it over here. By the time it gets in wide release in the US, I will have had the Region 0 DVD for a year. I'm interested to see what changes Benson made to this, but am also praying that he cut none of the brutal scenes out. The problem is, we're probably gong to have a bunch of hyped up news reports of 13 year olds cracking each other's heads open after they see this. By the way, in some of the overseas websites on this flick, it does mention that several of the stuntmen were horribly injured while making this movie. I saw one clip where Jaa does that one move where he runs up and slams his knee and elbow into the stuntman playing the big heavy that he fights in the last part of the film. He hold the pose until the director yells cut...then Jaa collapses in pain...and the other poor slob is left writhing on the floor in a bloody mess.
Nov. 20, 2004, 7:59 p.m. CST
by TV CASUALTY
that's all. Movie looks good, a nice return to conventional martial arts movies.
Nov. 21, 2004, 3:08 a.m. CST
I love Fong Sai Yuk movies and the once upon a time in China movies, Chinese Ghost Story, etc... But frankly, I've had my fill of wire fu and matrix bullet time crap for a while. No more balancing on the tops of trees, no more 360 spins to kick someone n the face. Just kick some ass, old school.
Nov. 21, 2004, 3:22 a.m. CST
"and if anyone ever gets around to to teaching him English, there
Nov. 21, 2004, 5:11 a.m. CST
by Wyrdy the Gerbil
Had crap subtitles and story wise theres not much to the film but i still loved it.....
Nov. 21, 2004, 12:13 p.m. CST
i got me the dvd version with no english subtitles. only thai language and maybe some chinese subs, but i sat thru the entire flick with jaw open and thoroughly amused. I laughed a fair bit. i think the director has a pretty dark sense of humour about him and that comes through.
Nov. 22, 2004, 1:35 a.m. CST
...I saw this a year or so ago, and while I don't want to fall into the stereotype of the typical whiny fanboy, I must say that I was NOT impressed with this film. The editor's penchant for slow motioning every stunt and showing it to us 10 times from 10 different angles just kills any momentum the action might have had, and the sound effects are sub-par, dull little thuds (and sound is just as important as choreography when it comes to martial arts films). Plus the story and characters were paper-thin (usually that doesn't matter, but if the characters, story, AND fights suck then what are you left with?). For some reason I think if this film was made in America and sent straight-to-video not one person would give two shits about it. But since it's from Thailand, everyone acts like it's the second coming of Chang Cheh. Eh.
Nov. 22, 2004, 8:45 a.m. CST
After I saw this in the theater I kneed my friend in the stomach and he fell down. I now threaten people that I will go "Ong-bak" on them.
Nov. 22, 2004, 11:35 a.m. CST
Should be "What will a guy will do to get a little head?" /will be funny after you've seen the film.
Nov. 23, 2004, 12:45 a.m. CST
darnit, it's the best martial arts movies made since jackie turned 40! hahaha, unbelievable stunts. forget the story, forget the plot. just slow mo the fight scenes, man, that's closer contacts than UFC! i am not kidding. let me ask you this, jackie can "pull" his punches, but how do you even pull a Knee or an elbow? the shots i saw were bone crunching hits! man, arguable one of the best martial films these past few years. if you want to see "dances with wire fu" this is is NOT for you. if you want go "go back to the 80's and hard core HK flicks", get this now!
Dec. 17, 2007, 1:31 p.m. CST
by just pillow talk
Protector was great once he got pissed off at the end, so I'll be expecting more that with this movie...
Dec. 17, 2007, 1:32 p.m. CST
by just pillow talk
Dec. 19, 2007, 10:21 a.m. CST
by just pillow talk
though this did have its amusements...<p>[techno music]...<p>Cripple dude buying it by having a giant statue head crushing him. That was priceless!