THE ONG BAK TRILOGY was directed by Tony Jaa, Panna Rittikrai and Prachya Pinkaew and also stars Tony Jaa with Petchtai Wongkamlao, Dan Chupong, Sorapong Chatree, Pumwaree Yodkamol and Primrata Dej-Udom.

I’ve broken each movie down separately here and I’ve given my bottom line at the bottom of the page. Needless to say, all three movies were a lot of fun to watch and include some crazy action and stunts.

Ong Back: The Thai Warrior the first entry in the trilogy and introduces Tien, a young warrior who sets out on a deadly adventure to recover the head of a Buddha statuette called the Ong Bak that is stolen from his village. Tien meets up with plenty of deadly people in his quest that ultimately puts him face to face with the person that stole the idol. This is a battle to the death and Tien does recover the Ong Bak and it finally is put back in his village where it belongs. This is more of a standalone entry in this trilogy and even takes place at a different time than the other two.

Run Time: 105 Minutes

Rated: R

Special Features: Good stuff!

  • The Movements of Muay Thai
  • Behind-the-Scenes Stunt Footage (Selected B-Roll)
  • Live Tony Jaa and Stunt Man Performace
  • French Rap Music Video with Tony Jaa
  • Promo Video Featuring the RZA
  • Making of Music Video
  • Trailer

Ong Bak 2: The Beginning is the second movie that goes back hundreds of years to the past but still follows Tien who is the son of Lord Sihadecho a tragically murdered nobleman. Tien is taken under the guidance  of Chernang who teaches him a number of different fighting styles and Tien nearly becomes an indestructible warrior but there is an army waiting on him. Although the Ong Bak itself doesn’t really play a factor in this movie, it still has a presence.

Run Time: 98 Minutes

Rated: R

Special Features: Good stuff!

Disc One

  • HDnet: A Look at Ong Bak 2
  • Behind-the-Scenes: Capturing a Warrior
  • Ong Bak 3: Exclusive Footage

Disc Two

  • Ong Bak 2 – Alternate Cut
  • Behind-the-Scenes Featurettes – The Kingdom and The Community
  • Making of Featurettes – The Story and the Character of an Epic, Revealing the Majesty, Ong Bak 2: The Art of War
  • Interviews with Cast and Crew, including Co-Director/Actor Tony Jaa
  • International Trailer
  • U.S. Trailer

Ong Bak 3: The Final Battle is the third movie that picks right up where the second one leaves off. Tien has been captured by this army and almost beaten to death before he is saved and brought back to the village. It takes a long time and some special treatments for Tien to heel but eventually he does. There. he is taught meditation, dance (yes dance) and even how to deal with his karma. Finally Tien gets a chance to go up against his arch enemy and this time he not only has a fighting chance but Tien is now the superior warrior. Once again, the Ong Bak itself doesn’t really play an important part in the movie but its presence is still there.

Run Time: 99 Minutes

Rated: R

Special Features: Good stuff!

Disc One

  • HDnet: A Look at Ong Bak 3
  • Theatrical Trailer

Disc Two

  • The Making of a Legend
  • Behind-the-Scenes: Uncovering the Action
  • Interviews with Cast and Crew
  • Behind-the-Scenes Footage

Okay, these movies aren’t really heavy on dialogue and for a good reason because all three of them are nothing more than a clinic and showcase for Tony Jaa to show off in and show how bad-ass he really is. There are some crazy, death-defying stunts that I’d never seen in any other movie until now and some of them are serious jaw dropping stunts that made me wonder how they did that. I loved the settings and locations of the movies, especially the second and third chapters.

This trilogy comes in a nice, glossy black case with embossed, gold foil lettering and a shot of Tony Jaa front and center. The back of the case includes details on all three movies as well as the original artwork and a few images.

Bottom line is, The Ong Bak Trilogy is an amazing martial arts trilogy of movies that actually gets better with each one. To me, the first movie was the slowest of the three where the final chapter was the most exciting. I also have to add that the first movie is more of a story all its own and the other two follow the same story. This DVD set is now available (July 29th) and worth a watch.

Distributor: Magnet Releasing

Languages: English and Thai

Subtitles: English and Spanish

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