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ONG BAK 3 (Thailand)


Genre: Action/Martial Arts
Starring: "Tony Jaa" Panom Yeerum, Dan Chupong, Primrata Dej-Udom, Saranyu Wongkrajang, Nirut Sirijunya, Petchtai Wongkamlao, Chumporn Theppitak
Director: "Tony Jaa" Panom Yeerum, Panna Rittikrai
Rating: M18 (Violence)
Year Made: 2010







Languages: Thai
Subtitles: English/Chinese
Aspect Ratio: 16x9
Sound: Dolby Digital
Running Time: 1 hr 34 mins
Region Code: 3
Distributor: Scorpio East




Tien has lost his fighting skills and his beloved step-father at the Garuda's Wing cliff from the raid led by Jom Rachan. Tien is brought back to life with the help from Pim as well as Mhen and the Kana Khone villagers. Deep into the meditation taught by Phra Bua, Tien finally is able to achieve 'Nathayut'. His talents are put to the test again when his rivals including the Golden-Armored King's Guard, the mysterious killers in black and Bhuti Sangkha return for the final massive showdown.


By now, you could have heard of Tony Jaa’s much publicized production problems with Sahamongkol Film during the making of Ong Bak 2 and his mysterious disappearance from the set for two months which resulted in a huge delay. Nevertheless, after much hooha, the prequel (a predecessor to the original 2003’s Ong Bak) was finally released in December 2008. Ong Bak 2 which was co-directed by Jaa and his mentor, Panna Rittikrai was a lavish affair in terms of production design, cast and the various forms of martial arts presented.

With Ong Bak 2, Jaa has set the bar higher for the audience and himself. Finally it seems, the ex-stuntman has cemented his footing as an action superstar. Unfortunately, the concluding sequel Ong Bak 3 was nothing but a limp attempt by Sahamongkol Film to cash on the success of Jaa.

Not exactly to the point of unwatchable, Ong Bak 3 is a serviceable revenge flick on the whole, it gets you blatantly from one point to another without much emotion invested and the stiff acting doesn’t help much either. Continuing from the ending of Ong Bak 2 with Tien being captured and tortured, Ong Bak 3 devotes much of its running time to Tien being enlightened by a Buddhist monk who saved him from the brink of death. The other half of the movie introduces audience to the mysterious Crow Ghost whom got a cameo in part 2 and the evil Lord Rajasena who is suffering from terrible bad dreams.

International audience who are impressed by Tony Jaa’s original Ong Bak, Tom-Yum-Goong or even part 2 might be slightly disappointed with Ong Bak 3. Part 3 fails to live up to one’s expectations notably the characters development and the action sequences. The latter lacks a memorable fight despite the promise by Sahamongkol Film to feature more action between Dan Chupong (Crow Ghost) and Jaa. Dan Chupong is a capable action star (Born To Fight, Dynamite Warrior) himself but owing to the supernatural origin of his character and a half-baked narrative, Crow Ghost in the end is merely a scary caricature opposite Tien. Viewers who are not accustomed to Buddhism beliefs and the likes of philosophy will find the scripting hard to swallow and with just a 90 minutes running time, some of the story arc are unbearingly slow and cheesy.

Comedian Petchtai Wongkamlao or as we called him the Ng Meng Tat of Thailand appears as the village’s madman providing some light humour to ease the tension and even finds time to 'advise' the gloomy Tien.

Apparently, Jaa might not be in the best state of mind towards the end of production which explains the lack of grandeur and the creative efforts in action choreographing seen in part 2. Despite that, Ong Bak 3 still deserved a one-time viewing for the sake of concluding the mayhem concocted in the first prequel.




The visual presented is solid and clear though there’s some intended grittiness while the audio is especially loud and robust during the action sequences.



Review by Linus Tee

Posted on 30 August 2010


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