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Ong Bak 2: The Beginning [Blu-ray]
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who is as mesmerizing as ever
(Entertainment Weekly), stars in this epic tale of revenge set hundreds of years in the past. This prequel to Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior takes Jaa s skills to the next level, showcasing him as a master of a wide range of martial arts styles. THE BEATDOWNS ARE EPIC, with several jaw-dropping set pieces. The climactic scene qualifies as one of the BEST MARTIAL ARTS FIGHT SCENES EVER. (LA Daily News)
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Enter "Ong Bak 2", which improves upon its predecessor in every conceivable way. The most obvious enhancements are the cinematography and set designs, which are phenomenal. The highlight sequence in this regard must be the night time dance, which emphasizes golden architecture and beautiful clothing that reminds one of the striking visuals that are showcased in Zhang Yimou's films. All is not so clean, however, because the environments add a significant amount of authenticity with an unending assault of gritty, dirty, primal village imagery amidst the forests of Thailand. One simply cannot overstate the spectacular images presented herein, and many reviewers seem to have undervalued the amazing cultural contributions that "Ong Bak 2" has to offer, because non-Thai viewers will be transported to an unfamiliar world that not only exhibits rough geographical locations, but an equally rough (and incredibly diverse) band of bizarre, threatening characters that are attention-grabbing for virtually every second they're on screen (e.g., the white-haired mystic, the pirates, the dark-skinned wrestler, the crow man, etc.). When all is said and done, this film genuinely captures Thai culture from start to finish, with no pandering to foreign influence outside of some martial arts styles.
And that, my dear friends, is the crux of why "Ong Bak 2" so very easily surpasses its predecessor.Read more ›
The action is different than Ong Bak in that they have more film cuts and use many martial arts, but the action is absolutely visually stunning and as usual, Tony Jaa clearly put life and limb on the line for his art.
If you have 10 bucks and have nothing to do, it is a nice treat!
The film as it is marked the troubled debut of Jaa as a director, a task that was marked with him apparently suffering a breakdown, running away from the set and apparently on finishing the movie with the original director of Ong Bak stepped in to help. Theres a lot I dig with the story even if its riffing on themes from Hollywood movies. The whole thing seems set up like an ode to Jaa's inspirations from the martial arts movies He cribs from to plot elements out of films like Conan and Empire Strikes Back. But the pacing feels sluggish in reality and never really captured my interest out of the action scenes. Theres a basic idea of a revenge story but the film spends maybe an hour focusing on Jaa's Tien training with bandits before rushing to a finale where He's avenging his parents murder at the hands of a ruthless conquerer. And the less said about the ending the better in my opinion.
Still like I said when the movies in action mode it delivers. Truthfully most of the times thats all I really watch a martial arts movie for, even though a good story would help. When the movie dishes the action it does it well showing Jaa dishing out several forms of martial arts beatdowns in the opening. There are some amazingly good scenes throughout like at a slave camp featuring what looked to be a person fighting a real crocodile, or the ensuing revenge where Jaa unleashes drunken kung fu to destroy the slavers.Read more ›
However, I felt disengaged as the story line and dialog was very choppy, and one didn't have a sense of the characters at all. I felt the story/dialog in Ong Bak 1 was much better. Net, while I appreciate fighting scenes (having grown up on kung fu movies during my youth), I felt I wasted time watching this movie.
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This is part two in the trilogy starring Tony Jaa, a martial arts expert with moves that only Jet Li or Jackie Chan can match! Read morePublished 24 days ago by Mark J. House
This is one of my favorite movies. One thing is wrong and that is why I rated it a one. It's shown in its original language. Read morePublished 3 months ago by I love all the bird games but this one is really great!!!!
Though the plot is somewhat strange, the action sequences are out of this world! If you're into amazing fight sequences, you need to buy this movie. Read morePublished 3 months ago by david schloss
This movie is action packed from beginning to end. It's a classic. (Period)
I like action movies. Some of the fight scenes are pretty unique in style!Published 5 months ago by Cookies
No negatives whatsoever for this martial arts MASTERPIECE. Although my overwhelmingly praise for this film might be because of it's last 15min. fight sequence it doesn't matter. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Quicksilver
To each his own. However, I am very picky with movies and I have a very small collection because of this. Read morePublished 7 months ago by G. S.
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my copy was kinda soiled looking so i cleaned the disc before trying to play it, i dont know if it would have still played fine had i not done this.make sure the disc is clean
Feb 6, 2010 by Emma M. Mitchell | See all 38 posts
|anyone else having trouble with ong bak 2||
Hey David, I received my BD yesterday from Netflix and my bluray player can not read it either, and the firmware is up to date, so I'm thinking I got a bad copy, so I will report it to get another copy just to test it, we will see how it goes the second time around
Feb 9, 2010 by Mantrix | See all 11 posts
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