Plot: Set in the regal times of King Naresuan, Tony Jaa plays Tien, a man who was born into nobility but had it stripped from him after his parents were brutally murdered. During his childhood Tien learned Khon, a form of dance which is usually reserved for royalty. Although he didn't know it yet, Khon would later prove to be an invaluable aide to him. After seeing his parents murdered at the tender age of 10, Tien is forced to live on the streets where he is eventually captured by a group of thieves who take him in and teach him how to steal and fight. Tien expertise as a thief and fighter grows and it isn't long before he is made head thief. Then Tien sees something that makes his stomach churn. A competition is being held to find the best knights to serve under the very man who had killed Tien's parents all those years ago. Tien passes the tests easily and is made Lord Rachasana's 2nd Knight. Now, he has his opportunity to strike but he will have to use all his skill and ingenuity if he is going to get his revenge on the man who killed his parents.
Tian utilizes a variety of traditional martial arts styles, including Thai Muay Boran, Japanese Kenjutsu, Indonesian Harimau Silat, and Chinese Hung Ga kung fu.
In it's opening weekend the film has grossed about 28 million baht ($2.06 millions), which did better than Tony Jaa's previous film, Tom Yum Goong.
The sequel Ong Bak 3 was announced to release in late 2009.
«Tony Jaa films are not about performances or story, but about pure physical ability, and anything besides that - including acting or actual emotion - is a bonus. In that, the movie more than satisfies, as Jaa and Rittikrai convey the excitement and even the danger of Jaa's stuntwork and action abilities to the audience.»
«However, the truth be told, Ong Bak 2 is a complete train wreck of a film. Jaa’s character stalks through the mud and rain like a deranged psychotic Mowgli, tearing a path through an endless stream of gurning, hysterical adversaries with little sense of motivation beyond blind rage.»
«It's impossible from the evidence available to say whether Jaa himself has any talent as a director, though the pic is cleanly shot, is again at pains to show that no doubles or wire-fu were used, and, like the great Hollywood musicals of yesteryear, enhances the physicality of the action by showing whole bodies during set pieces»
«How do you sum up Ong Bak 2 with an inappropriate and nonsensical metaphor? Picture the hottest Asian woman you’ve ever seen. ... That’s the brutal beauty of Ong Bak 2. The greatest martial arts movie ever made. Not the smartest, or the funniest, or the most dramatic… the greatest. Anyone who tells you different is wrong.»
«Overall Ong Bak 2 looked great visually but didn’t provide enough memorable fighting moments to hook viewers into the third part. ... Great Thai Tourism board promo but rather unsatisfying presentation of Muay Thai fighting»
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