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Ong Bak 2: The Beginning

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Ong Bak 2: The Beginning

Ong Bak 2: The Beginning

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
115 minutes
Limited Release Date:
10/23/09
performer:
Tony Jaa, Sorapong Chatree
director:
Tony Jaa, Panna Rittikrai
distributor:
Magnet
author:
Panna Rittikrai
genre:
Foreign Language, ActionAdventure

We gave it a B

”Beginning” stretches the truth: Star Tony Jaa’s splashily violent fightfest follow-up to his 2003 breakthrough martial-arts saga, Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior, qualifies as a prequel. Unlike the original, which was set in modern times, Ong Bak 2: The Beginning takes place in ancient Thailand. Other than that, don’t look for continuity of story line — just enjoy the extravagant fight stunts, the restless camera work, and the sluicing rivers of blood and mud. (That’s why you’re here, right?) Jaa, mesmerizing as ever to behold with his pinwheel moves, also (co)directs for the first time. B

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