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Aro Favourite Ong-Bak

 

aka: Muay Thai Warrior
Thailand 2003, 104 minutes
Dir. Prachya Pinkaew
In Thai with English subtitles
Rating: [R16]
Genres: Foreign Cinema, Action/Adventure / Martial Arts

 

Aroview: A martial arts juggernaut from Thailand, in which a benign village kickboxer travels to big bad Bangkok in search of a sacred statue stolen from his village.

With its exhaustively creative (and brutal) fight sequences yet tongue always a little in cheek, this cranks up the ante from the Jackie Chan template, with a staggeringly physical performance from newcomer Jaa, who also has an ironic softness to his screen persona. The 'Muay-Thai' fighting style, though (apparently adapted from ancient instruction manuals), represents a new style of screen violence, all the more astonishing given that no CGI f/x, stunt doubles or wire-work was involved.

NZ International Film Festival 2004

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DVD Features

Ong-Bak twin-pack includes third disc of special features.

  • English subtitles for the hearing impaired
  • trailers
  • aspect ratio: 1.85:1
 

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