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

Ong Bak 2 - The Beginning

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

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Valen's Shadow on 31 Jan 2010
Format: DVD
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
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
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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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Drury 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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Leon M. Donnelly on 20 May 2010
Format: Blu-ray
Before watching this film I had read a lot of negative reviews on it. Just goes to show that you really should watch and make up your own mind! It is obvious that Tony Jaa put in heart and soul when filming this wonderful creation. From what is visible on screen, it seems that he has gone to a great deal of trouble to invlove as much talent as possible in this epic effort. The camera work is sublime, martial arts choreography astounding, acting performances well above par and the stunt pieces are jaw dropping! If this is his first effort, with creative input behind the lens, then I personally cannot wait to see what he serves up next.
Unfortunately there is a down side- the story, though it seems to flow well, gets a little messy and confusing towards the end. The saving grace though is the immensely gratifying end fight sequence, which takes our minds off the sudden loss of direction in the film. Although the movie would have benefitted from a better ending, those of us who are less concerned about being critics and more concerned with entertainment, will relish this lovingly made tale of martial arts fantasy escapism.
Do not take my word for it though, watch it yourself and make up your own mind, Mr Jaa deserves the benefit of the doubt at the very least!
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