Ong Bak 2 - The Beginning 2008

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Thai martial arts action prequel. Tony Jaa both directs and stars as Tien, the son of Lord Sihadecho (Santisuk Promsiri), a nobleman in ancient Thailand who is brutally murdered by a rival warlord. To revenge his father's death and his own enslavement as a child by savage slave traders, Tien trains with the Pha Beek Krut, a group of expert martial artists who teach him how to unify the various martial arts disciplines, thereby making him the most dangerous fighter alive.

Starring:
Tony Jaa, Primorata Dejudom
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 54 minutes
Starring Tony Jaa, Primorata Dejudom, Sarunyu Wongkrachang, Nirut Sirichanya, Santisuk Promsiri, Patthama Panthong, Petchtai Wongkamlao, Sorapong Chatree
Director Tony Jaa
Genres Thriller
Studio SONY PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Rental release 15 February 2010
Main languages Thai
Subtitles English
Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 54 minutes
Starring Tony Jaa, Primorata Dejudom, Sarunyu Wongkrachang, Nirut Sirichanya, Santisuk Promsiri, Patthama Panthong, Petchtai Wongkamlao, Sorapong Chatree
Director Tony Jaa
Genres Thriller
Studio SONY PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Rental release 15 February 2010
Main languages Thai
Subtitles English

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5 stars

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Valen's Shadow on 31 Jan. 2010
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Tony Jaa returns in his third leading role continuing his domination as the best on screen martial artist of the last five or so years. Since wowing audiences with his debut lead role in Ong Bak Tony Jaa has been a bright light in the world of martial-arts movies. With former heavyweight like Jackie Chan and Jet Li past their peak and unable to perform to the same levels now their bodies are ageing, Tony Jaa has taken on their mantle performing amazing feats of grace, power and agility.

His new movie title is slightly misleading as it has little to do with the original Ong Bak. The statue from Ong Bak seems to be the only connection which may refer to Buddhist belief in reincarnation???

The film itself is set in the past and concerns a young prince(or important official's son) taken prisoner to a slave market , who ends up training to be a pirate (not the kind at sea). As he grows up he becomes a skilful fighter (as you'd expect) but his past still haunts him, crossing his path decades later.

There's plenty of quality martial-arts, stunt work and action sequences, it's also very different to Tony Jaa's previous efforts with him trying his hand at various kinds of martial-arts not just his traditional Muay Thai. I felt the story was a little confusing and perhaps I didn't take it in on the first watch. But on second viewing I enjoyed this film tremendously.

Okay it's no Ong Bak which let's face it Tony Jaa is going to struggle to equal or surpass that movie, yet I found it a very good martial-arts film. I should also mention that this is only the first part of the story and the conclusion will be told in Ong Bak 3 ( which will be hitting Thailand cinemas in April 2010). So don't be surprised when the story ends abruptly. I can't comment on the DVD itself since I haven't seen it but I would recommend watching the film, whether renting or buying.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Ryan J. Daniels on 3 Aug. 2010
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Its not a big deal but just to let you know, this is not related in any way to Ong Bak. The ONLY similarity is that Tony Jaa is the lead role. Oh and a couple of cameos from the other characters. I did enjoy this film but that's just because I love martial arts films. Ong Bak and Warrior King are right up there with my favourites but this is nowhere near as good. Story a bit lame and I think it lacks what Tony Jaa's other 2 main hits have which is the brutality of the combat with hits you can almost feel through the tv. It's just a bit messy. Overall if you like Tony Jaa's stuff then go get it, it's worth adding to the collection but don't expect something to the standard of Ong Bak or Warrior King.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Drury TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 28 April 2012
Format: Blu-ray
If you loved the original movie then you will love this! The story takes place back in the past where we see Jaa's character as a child growing up and training to become a master in weapons and martial arts so he can avenge the death of his parents and the villainy that surrounds his home, Jaa has come along way since the original and really worked on his skills and kicks some major butt in plenty of quality fight scenes! He is fantastic to watch and brings so many different styles to his fighting. The movie ends on a fantastic battle between Jaa and a ton of enemies its pretty awesome to watch, he even uses elephants! It all ends a bit suddenly but only to be continued in Ong bak 3! Well worth checking out if you love a bone crunching fight movie!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mr. T. A. Maurice on 11 Mar. 2010
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Firstly,the good:
Superb cinematography,which is done justice by the Blu-Ray version.
High production values,which are head,and shoulders,above Tony Jaa's previous two films.
A good storyline which is more than one of revenge.
Excelllent direction,by both Tony Jaa,and his replacement.
Sequences,such as the Court dancing,which stick in the mind.
The bad:
The fight sequences,in the main,appear to be artificially speeded up.
I don't know if Tony Jaa was out of his comfort zone fighting with weapons which necessitated fights being staged more slowly,and thus required subsequent artificial speeding up,but the sequences do look unnatural,especially when compared to the sequence featuring the masked figue performing Muay Thai before the court.
This latter sequence has speed,power,and grace that looks entirely natural.
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By MLA VINE VOICE on 13 Mar. 2011
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Ong Bak - The Beginning is nominally a follow-up to Ong Bak (and Warrior King) starring the amazing athleticism of Tony Jaa. The similarities between Ong Bak 2 and Ong Bak are as follows: Tony Jaa is the star. Everything else that was great about Ong Bak is entirely absent in Ong Bak 2 with no character development, no comedy, no charmingly naive plot. What Ong Bak does provide is outstanding choreography that the ardent martial arts fan will want to admire for the technical detail and for the atempt to represent many styles of martialism. Some may appreciate the cinematography but the massively increased budget for lighting and effect is far less aesthetically pleasing to this reviewer than the low-fi Ong Bak production.

The plot of Ong Bak is somewhat difficult to discern. In part this is because there are very few lines of dialogue to drive the message of that plot. Ostensibly, the purpose of the story is for the main character Tien (Tony Jaa) to gain revenge for the murder of his family when he was a boy. The plot starts out fairly reasonably with Tien as a child taken under the wing of a group of outlaws who are impressed with his fighting spirit. The child Tien is not too bad as he learns different skills and combines various fighting elements together. The adult Tien is clearly meant to be filled with rage. He leads the outlaws into many daring raids and fights battles against many opponents. He says so little though and with a fixed facial expression of determination, the lack of nuance in personality makes it very difficult to empathise with or care about Tien's quest.

A couple of the supporting players put in decent efforts. Petchai Wongkamlao has a one-scene cameo and it is the only moment of humour in the entire film.
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