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That "Thai Warrior" is Worowit/Panom Yeerum, AKA Tony Jaa, and he's the reason for watching this movie. He's an amazingly gifted young Muai Thai kick boxer and stunt man who did all his leaps and jumps and dives. My favorite moment of all is the one where he's chasing through the streets and dives under a car, slides out the other side, and pops up again all in one smooth motion. Do you think that's easy? It's barely even conceivable. And he does all this without digital manipulation or the wires we've gotten all too familiar with in Chinese martial arts movies. Look for the real thing here, no arty made-for-westerners romances à la "Crouching Tiger" or "Flying Daggers." This is like finding a dirty little restaurant in San Francisco's Tenderloin that has really authentic Vietnamese or Pakistani food. No frills -- just the joy of truly unmediated experience. The story, something about the head from Ting's (Jaa's) village temple's Buddha statue (or ONG-BAK) whose theft by a gangster's low level employee disgraces the village and must be restored, is a mere formality, just enough to get things going and give Ting a back story.Tony Jaa's face is pretty, almost feminine, and his body is stocky and incredibly flexible and strong. Despite a poster for the movie that shows his broad tapered back, you may not notice how well muscled he is at first. None of this movie is about superficial show so much as it's about accomplishment. Jaa's expressions are intent and sensitive, but unlike the "Beautiful Boxer" star Asanee Suwan (whose character, Nong Toom, is supposed to be a cross-dresser fighting to earn money for a sex change), Jaa doesn't mug in an attempt to act and isn't called upon to do so.This was a relaxing way to end a movie marathon of three films in one day -- the other two were the Kazakhstan charmer "Schizo" and the doc of US soldiers in Iraq, "Gunner Palace" -- because you don't need to take it seriously. In fact you must adopt a mindless attitude watching "Ong-bak" (which I couldn't for "Sin City" or "Oldboy," hence my difficulty with those two productions) because it contains a lot of bone-crushing violence. Sometimes you can even hear the bones being crushed. The movie has been called "insanely brutal" and that's about right, though all the brutality is pretty much in hand-to-hand fighting and stays close to the kick boxing techniques. You have to focus exclusively on Tony Jaa's physical prowess and remember that this is just a movie -- that people are not really being killed or their heads mashed in -- but if you do so you will be amply rewarded. There are car chases, battles, competitions, sexy girls, and evil gangsters, the kingpin of them all, Khom Tuan (Sukhaaw Phongwilai), being a depraved cripple with a scary voice-box. It's not that there's no plot, just that you'd waste your time taking it seriously.The other most purely enjoyable sequence in "Ong-bak" comes even earlier than the street chase, when Ting is demonstrating his training for his Buddhist teacher through adopting a sequence of ritualized positions. This is sheer physical grace, like a dance broken into a series of sudden tableaux, and you realize what a heap of actual ART there is in the martial arts. You can't fake this kind of thing, and what impresses in this scene is not the moves and positions in themselves, but the clear sense you get that Tony Jaa knows all this deep in his bones. More than just showing off a series of carefully memorized moves this sequence is like someone with a beautiful voice and perfect diction reciting a long, awesome prayer. It's beyond words, and beyond interpretation. It just IS.It's said that "The Making of Ong-bak" is even better. Could be. Also it's said that Tony Jaa's going to be bigger than Jackie Chan and Jet Li. That's not too far fetched either. But even if this was only a unique moment in time, it'd be a movie that's fun to watch for anyone who enjoys seeing the body in graceful, powerful, acrobatic motion. In the world of martial arts stunts, it just doesn't get any better than this.
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Don't bother start looking for a plot here ... and if you've tried it, just stop right now. This movie is not about the plot! It's all about the action! And it delivers! If you let yourself step into that world of improved Muy Thai (I hope I spelled it right, it's an art form that Tony Jaa and some other guys re-invented, I don't know all the influences they used/put into, but it sure looks damn good on screen!), then you will be blown away! This movie is in other words "off the hook", it's great. If it were only for the action it'd get a 10/10. Still as it is and with the knowledge that at least Tony Jaa didn't use any ropes/wires or other tricks to help him out, do his tricks, you've got to be impressed. Of course some of his enemies (stunt doubles) have used wires (as is said in the extras of the excellent UK double Disc Set of this movie).Tony Jaa might not be a great actor, but he is the new action phenomenon! He's only made two movies so it's too soon to call him other things or even to say that he has a rightful claim to challenge Jet Li/J.Chan/Bruce Lee/Donnie Yen/Sammo Hung/... for the martial arts throne ... at least yet! :o)