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The debut film of Tony Jaa, showcasing his "no-strings-attached'' (as opposed to WireFu) style of Martial Arts Cinema, and brought Muay Boran to the attention of Global Media.

Boonting (Tony Jaa) lives in a small and peaceful village. One day a sacred Buddha statuette called Ong Bak is stolen from the village by an immoral businessman who sells it for exorbitant profits. It soon becomes the task of Boonting to track the thief to UsefulNotes/{{Bangkok}} and reclaim the religious treasure. Along the way, Boonting uses his astonishing athleticism and traditional Muay Thai skills to combat his adversaries.

There is a prequel released, called ''Ong Bak 2: The Beginning'', which is far removed from the modern setting of the first and is essentially a Training Montage, a RoaringRampageOfRevenge, and closes with an considerable drawn out QuirkyMinibossSquad battle, involving Tony Jaa's character, called Tien, squaring off against every single "Ancient" Martial Art, developed in Asia.

''Ong Bak 3'' concludes Tien's story, and ties both movies with the first.
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Tropes Include:
* AxCrazy: Mad Dog.
* {{Badass}}: Ting, so very '''very''' much.
** The prequel with Tien makes Ting seem like another mook.
* BottledHeroicResolve: TheDragon injected himself with some kind of drug in order to keep fighting the hero during the climactic fight scene, for all the good that did him in the end.
* TheBrute: Big Bear
* CasualtyInTheRing: Part of the backstory of Ting's master, which is the reason he commands Ting never to use Muay Thai for anything other than self-defense.
* CombatPragmatist: The professional fighter "Mad Dog" was a particularly dramatic example of this, using absolutely everything that came to hand as a weapon, even ripping out electrical wires to attack his opponent.
** GarbageWrestler: ...Therefore, he was also one of these by extension.
* CountryMouse: Ting; they even keep referring to him as "Country Boy".
* DanceBattler: Ting fights a FunnyAfro TKD stylist at one point
* TheDreaded: Mad Dog. When he came into the ring, the announcer didn't even bother introducing him, he just went "[[OhCrap Oh God, Mad Dog!]]" and ran away.
* DynamicEntry: The steroid-popping [[TheDragon Dragon]] ambushes Tony Jaa this way when when the hero was about to go after his boss.
* EveryCarIsAPinto: Tri-wheeled, golf cart-like taxis (Tuk Tuks), which explode rather dramatically one by one.
* EvilCripple:The seller of Thailand's national treasures, who is wheelchair-bound and talks through a hole in his throat.
* FightClubbing
* GenreShift: The sequel/prequel is a historical Martial Arts Epic.
* GilliganCut: When Humlae acquires a large knife to fight off a gang of bandits, an old woman selling knives passes in front of them. Cut to Humlae fleeing from the bandits, each armed with a knife.
* HonorBeforeReason
* HowDareYouDieOnMe: [[spoiler:Humlae dies and Muay spends her last lines of the movie cursing him for dying.]]
* ImplacableMan: Ting. '''And how.'''
* IncendiaryExponent: Ting (played by Muay Thai expert Tony Jaa) kicks a [[{{Mook}} mook]] in the head with his legs on fire. Jaa did his own stunts.
** He also insisted on doing the take over and over again until he was sure it was right, despite having already suffered burns to his legs from prior takes.
* InfernalRetaliation: During a fight at a gas station, Ting gets his pants soaked in gasoline from the knee down, before dodging behind some barrels, which are promptly blown up by gunfire. After a few seconds, Tony comes leaping out of the inferno and kicks a couple of guys with his flaming legs.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Humlae
* KarmicDeath: The demise of [[spoiler:the crime boss Komtuan]] possibly epitomizes the concept of karmic death, as he is crushed under the falling head of a giant Buddha statue, which he was trying to remove and sell. You don't get much more karmic than that.
** In the prequel: [[spoiler: Tien slits the throat of his adopted father with his sword, who murdered his actual father by slitting his throat with a sword. He even acknowledges this fact before Tien kills him]]
* ManOnFire: Ting kicks a man in the face while his legs are on fire. He then puts them out in a barrel of water. (Note: Tony Jaa did his own stunts. [[{{Badass}} Damn.]])
* MobstacleCourse: Subverted as Tony Jaa, confronted by a crowd, runs across people's heads while the {{mooks}} chasing him have to play the trope straight.
* OneManArmy: Ting.
** In ''Ong Bak 2'' we see this demonstrated... Twice...
* OnlyAFleshWound: The finale of sees Ting get shot in the shoulder with a pistol by the BigBad at near point-blank range, but remains spry enough to vault off a piece of scenery and deliver dual-downward-knees to TheDragon ''hard enough to break through the piece of scaffolding they're standing on''. Mind you, this is [[ImplacableMan Tony Jaa]] we're talking about.
** ''Ong Bak 2'': Tien is cut and slashed a lot in the closing, and yet is able to still dodge 99% of the attacks from his enemies.
* LeParkour: Ting fleeing the bandits amounts largely to some impressive running acrobatics.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath
** [[spoiler:While this is true for the girl who died because she confessed to wanting to give up coke, Humlae qualifies by returning to his Buddhist traditions to try to stop the smuggling ring.]]
** [[spoiler: Also in the prequel. Tien's adopted father, who killed his real father, allows himself to be killed by Tien both to atone for killing his father and to ensure that the rest of his own family is kept safe.]]
* RepeatCut: Used for nearly every impressive stunt in the movie, showing the action from different angles and different speeds. Of course, given the damn impressive nature of the stunts, wouldn't you want to show them off as much as possible?
* SerratedBladeOfPain: One {{Mook}} wields a saw as an ImprovisedWeapon.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: One of the {{mook}}s in the climax of the first film, after witnessing Ting lay a beatdown on the others, tosses his sword aside and scampers away.
* SheetOfGlass: Variation. Ting runs through two guys carrying a pair of sheets parallel to each other (and the sidewalk). Ting then smoothly cartwheels between them without breaking stride (or the glass, for that matter).
* WhyDontYaJustShootHim: Averted. The BigBad of the first film ''does'' just shoot Ting. It's a big surprise because by that point Ting has laid waste to so many of the guy's goons that we've ''forgotten'' that a gun would be a very quick solution to this problem. The two seem incredibly mismatched and we expect the fight to be over quickly, which it is; just not in the way we expect.
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The debut film of Tony Jaa, showcasing his "no-strings-attached'' (as opposed to WireFu) style of Martial Arts Cinema, and brought Muay Boran to the attention of Global Media.

Boonting (Tony Jaa) lives in a small and peaceful village. One day a sacred Buddha statuette called Ong Bak is stolen from the village by an immoral businessman who sells it for exorbitant profits. It soon becomes the task of Boonting to track the thief to UsefulNotes/{{Bangkok}} and reclaim the religious treasure. Along the way, Boonting uses his astonishing athleticism and traditional Muay Thai skills to combat his adversaries.

There is a prequel released, called ''Ong Bak 2: The Beginning'', which is far removed from the modern setting of the first and is essentially a Training Montage, a RoaringRampageOfRevenge, and closes with an considerable drawn out QuirkyMinibossSquad battle, involving Tony Jaa's character, called Tien, squaring off against every single "Ancient" Martial Art, developed in Asia.

''Ong Bak 3'' concludes Tien's story, and ties both movies with the first.
-----
Tropes Include:
* AxCrazy: Mad Dog.
* {{Badass}}: Ting, so very '''very''' much.
** The prequel with Tien makes Ting seem like another mook.
* BottledHeroicResolve: TheDragon injected himself with some kind of drug in order to keep fighting the hero during the climactic fight scene, for all the good that did him in the end.
* TheBrute: Big Bear
* CasualtyInTheRing: Part of the backstory of Ting's master, which is the reason he commands Ting never to use Muay Thai for anything other than self-defense.
* CombatPragmatist: The professional fighter "Mad Dog" was a particularly dramatic example of this, using absolutely everything that came to hand as a weapon, even ripping out electrical wires to attack his opponent.
** GarbageWrestler: ...Therefore, he was also one of these by extension.
* CountryMouse: Ting; they even keep referring to him as "Country Boy".
* DanceBattler: Ting fights a FunnyAfro TKD stylist at one point
* TheDreaded: Mad Dog. When he came into the ring, the announcer didn't even bother introducing him, he just went "[[OhCrap Oh God, Mad Dog!]]" and ran away.
* DynamicEntry: The steroid-popping [[TheDragon Dragon]] ambushes Tony Jaa this way when when the hero was about to go after his boss.
* EveryCarIsAPinto: Tri-wheeled, golf cart-like taxis (Tuk Tuks), which explode rather dramatically one by one.
* EvilCripple:The seller of Thailand's national treasures, who is wheelchair-bound and talks through a hole in his throat.
* FightClubbing
* GenreShift: The sequel/prequel is a historical Martial Arts Epic.
* GilliganCut: When Humlae acquires a large knife to fight off a gang of bandits, an old woman selling knives passes in front of them. Cut to Humlae fleeing from the bandits, each armed with a knife.
* HonorBeforeReason
* HowDareYouDieOnMe: [[spoiler:Humlae dies and Muay spends her last lines of the movie cursing him for dying.]]
* ImplacableMan: Ting. '''And how.'''
* IncendiaryExponent: Ting (played by Muay Thai expert Tony Jaa) kicks a [[{{Mook}} mook]] in the head with his legs on fire. Jaa did his own stunts.
** He also insisted on doing the take over and over again until he was sure it was right, despite having already suffered burns to his legs from prior takes.
* InfernalRetaliation: During a fight at a gas station, Ting gets his pants soaked in gasoline from the knee down, before dodging behind some barrels, which are promptly blown up by gunfire. After a few seconds, Tony comes leaping out of the inferno and kicks a couple of guys with his flaming legs.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Humlae
* KarmicDeath: The demise of [[spoiler:the crime boss Komtuan]] possibly epitomizes the concept of karmic death, as he is crushed under the falling head of a giant Buddha statue, which he was trying to remove and sell. You don't get much more karmic than that.
** In the prequel: [[spoiler: Tien slits the throat of his adopted father with his sword, who murdered his actual father by slitting his throat with a sword. He even acknowledges this fact before Tien kills him]]
* ManOnFire: Ting kicks a man in the face while his legs are on fire. He then puts them out in a barrel of water. (Note: Tony Jaa did his own stunts. [[{{Badass}} Damn.]])
* MobstacleCourse: Subverted as Tony Jaa, confronted by a crowd, runs across people's heads while the {{mooks}} chasing him have to play the trope straight.
* OneManArmy: Ting.
** In ''Ong Bak 2'' we see this demonstrated... Twice...
* OnlyAFleshWound: The finale of sees Ting get shot in the shoulder with a pistol by the BigBad at near point-blank range, but remains spry enough to vault off a piece of scenery and deliver dual-downward-knees to TheDragon ''hard enough to break through the piece of scaffolding they're standing on''. Mind you, this is [[ImplacableMan Tony Jaa]] we're talking about.
** ''Ong Bak 2'': Tien is cut and slashed a lot in the closing, and yet is able to still dodge 99% of the attacks from his enemies.
* LeParkour: Ting fleeing the bandits amounts largely to some impressive running acrobatics.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath
** [[spoiler:While this is true for the girl who died because she confessed to wanting to give up coke, Humlae qualifies by returning to his Buddhist traditions to try to stop the smuggling ring.]]
** [[spoiler: Also in the prequel. Tien's adopted father, who killed his real father, allows himself to be killed by Tien both to atone for killing his father and to ensure that the rest of his own family is kept safe.]]
* RepeatCut: Used for nearly every impressive stunt in the movie, showing the action from different angles and different speeds. Of course, given the damn impressive nature of the stunts, wouldn't you want to show them off as much as possible?
* SerratedBladeOfPain: One {{Mook}} wields a saw as an ImprovisedWeapon.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: One of the {{mook}}s in the climax of the first film, after witnessing Ting lay a beatdown on the others, tosses his sword aside and scampers away.
* SheetOfGlass: Variation. Ting runs through two guys carrying a pair of sheets parallel to each other (and the sidewalk). Ting then smoothly cartwheels between them without breaking stride (or the glass, for that matter).
* WhyDontYaJustShootHim: Averted. The BigBad of the first film ''does'' just shoot Ting. It's a big surprise because by that point Ting has laid waste to so many of the guy's goons that we've ''forgotten'' that a gun would be a very quick solution to this problem. The two seem incredibly mismatched and we expect the fight to be over quickly, which it is; just not in the way we expect.
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26th Dec '12 5:57:33 PM MisterDT
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* GilliganCut: When Humlae acquires a large knife to fight off a gang of bandits, an old woman selling knives passes in front of them. Cut to Humlae fleeing from the bandits, each armed with a knife.
25th Dec '12 12:30:03 AM MisterDT
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* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: One of the {{mook}}s in the climax of the first film, after witnessing Ting lay a beatdown on the others, tosses his sword aside and scampers away.
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* LeParkour: Ting fleeing the bandits amounts largely to some impressive running acrobatics.
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* AxCrazy: Mad Dog.
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* EvilCripple:The seller of Thailand's national treasures, who is wheelchair-bound and talks through a hole in his throat.
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* SheetOfGlass: Variation. Ting runs through two guys carrying a pair of sheets parallel to each other (and the sidewalk). Ting then smoothly cartwheels between them without breaking stride.

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* SheetOfGlass: Variation. Ting runs through two guys carrying a pair of sheets parallel to each other (and the sidewalk). Ting then smoothly cartwheels between them without breaking stride.stride (or the glass, for that matter).
4th Oct '12 4:47:35 PM MarkLungo
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Boonting (Tony Jaa) lives in a small and peaceful village. One day a sacred Buddha statuette called Ong Bak is stolen from the village by an immoral businessman who sells it for exorbitant profits. It soon becomes the task of Boonting to track the thief to Bangkok and reclaim the religious treasure. Along the way, Boonting uses his astonishing athleticism and traditional Muay Thai skills to combat his adversaries.

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Boonting (Tony Jaa) lives in a small and peaceful village. One day a sacred Buddha statuette called Ong Bak is stolen from the village by an immoral businessman who sells it for exorbitant profits. It soon becomes the task of Boonting to track the thief to Bangkok UsefulNotes/{{Bangkok}} and reclaim the religious treasure. Along the way, Boonting uses his astonishing athleticism and traditional Muay Thai skills to combat his adversaries.
9th Sep '12 8:16:58 PM Kuruni
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* TheBrute: Big Bear
9th Sep '12 1:48:54 PM LentilSandEater
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** In all fairness, TheHero was high as a kite as well. That was the purpose of that piece of wood he bit down on, after all.
* TheBrute: Big Bear



* DynamicEntry: The steroid-popping [[TheDragon Dragon]] ambushes Tony Jaa this way when when the hero was about to go after his boss. To be fair, Tony Jaa is also a grandmaster of this technique.

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* DynamicEntry: The steroid-popping [[TheDragon Dragon]] ambushes Tony Jaa this way when when the hero was about to go after his boss. To be fair, Tony Jaa is also a grandmaster of this technique.
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