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The Man who Conquered Himself - TopTenMM Martial Arts Movies

Ong Bak (2003)

A martial artist goes to the city in search of the sacred statue that was stolen from his village.

Director:

Prachya Pinkaew

Writers:

Panna Rittikrai (story), Prachya Pinkaew (story)

Stars:

Tony Jaa, Petchtai Wongkamlao, Pumwaree Yodkamol


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Scoring a 7.2 on IMDB, Ong Bak, directed by Prachya Pinkaew features Tony Jaa dazzling in this non-stop action thriller which shot him to fame and showcased to the world his incredible skill in the Muay Thai martial art.


Set in Thailand, the story is about a village which loses a special Buddha statue called the Ong-Bak to notorious gangs from Bangkok.


Tony Jaa plays Ting a villager who is sent on a mission to get the statue back. On his journey, with only a small bag of money given to him by the village, he immediately faces betrayal when it is stolen by Humlae his cousin who agrees to help him only to use his money for betting in the underground fighting rings.

If jaw dropping is an apt description for the action in this movie, it more than lives up!

The plot develops further with drug-dealers and crime lords coming into the picture as Ting realizes the underbelly of Thailands’ worst criminal gangs are behind the missing statue. Komtuan, a strange looking crime lord on a wheelchair who uses an electronic device to speak, acquires the statue but doesn’t think much of it and simply wants it thrown away. Meanwhile impressed by Ting’s fighting skills he takes Ting’s help, through Humlae, against his own rival gangs, only to later send men against Humlae and Ting. After many twists and turns the statue is finally recovered by Ting, Komtuan is killed in a conflict as a Buddha statue head falls on him and crushes him, and Humlae redeems himself by sacrificing his life and taking a sledge-hammer blow for Ting. The village is proud and happy to regain the lost statue and Ting’s mission is complete.


Tony Jaa didn’t bring the charm of Bruce Lee to the sets. Neither did he have the refined style of Jet Li’s almost perfect martial art. Yet the action in the film is almost without precedent – both in terms of the unique and hardly seen before in popular cinema Muay Thai style, as well as the sheer effectiveness and ferocity of the fight sequences.


If jaw dropping is an apt description for the action in this movie, it more than lives up!


With economy, power, strength, and lighting speed Ting’s action sizzles in death defying fights and stunts making this film not just another good old martial arts treat for die-hard fans, but a truly monumental action epic with an intensity rarely seen before on film!