Friday, March 25, 2011

Ong-Bak: Thai Warrior: A Good One #38

A few spots of unconvincing cinematography mar this martial arts film, but you don't want to watch it for the cinematography. You want to watch the thrilling fight sequences. This Thai film is about a young man's journey to Bangkok from his small village to retrieve the stolen head of a sacred Buddha statue, but again, you're not all that concerned about a plot. You want to see Tony Jaa almost impossibly fly through the air, escape from dozens of attackers, and kick tons of ass. Well, he does, and the action and stunt-work are all very impressive. But what impressed me most was a couple of almost imperceptible moments of chutzpah, where the film-makers break the fourth wall and include personalized messages in English graffiti to directors Steven Spielberg and Luc Besson. Apparently it also impressed Luc Besson, who distributed this film in France. On Netflix Instant Streaming.

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