Ong Bak 3 Trailer – Heavy on Action, Short on Story

Published 4 years ago by , Updated March 3rd, 2014 at 6:28 am,

ong bak 3 header Ong Bak 3 Trailer – Heavy on Action, Short on Story

Poor Tony Jaa, he started off with a ferocious punch to theater screens back in 2003 with the original Ong Bak and then followed it up with a great display of martial art acrobatics in The Protector (American title).  Critics and fans were comparing him with an aging Jackie Chan and Jet Li and some speculated that he might actually be this generation’s martial arts phenomenon.  Then Ong Bak 2 came out and things started going downhill.

Jaa directed Ong Bak 2 but had a mental meltdown on the set and left to meditate in the forest for several weeks. His dramatic display of anguish slowed down filming and the film took way longer than it should have to finish. Ultimately, this hurt both the film’s box office chances and Jaa’s reputation. I’m not even sure if Ong Bak 2 opened in North American theaters. If it did, then it was on a very limited release.

Now Jaa is releasing Ong Bak 3; his second attempt at directing and if he doesn’t get his act together then this one will make less than the others. I would give you a brief synopsis for Ong Bak 3 but there doesn’t seem to be one. What I can tell you, though, is what it will mostly be about.

Jaa plays Tien, an orphan that is raised by a vicious pirate to eventually replace him as leader of the pirate clan. Along the way, Tien learns the awful truth about the death of his parents and uses his martial arts skills to avenge them. In Ong Bak 3, it would appear that Tien is back and, for some unexplained reason, is kicking much warrior ass. Watch the trailer below and enjoy:

I know it sounds like I’m hating on Tony Jaa but I really do enjoy his display of martial arts prowess. Heck, I even own Spirited Killer on Special Edition DVD. I just wish he would buckle down and make a better film story wise. Everything he does is based in and around Thai mysticism and legend, which is fine, but it severely limits his audience. English speaking audiences usually don’t flock to sub-titled films unless they can understand the story. Only the hardcore martial arts action film watchers, like myself, would venture into the theater to see one of his films.

That being said, the fighting scenes in Ong Bak 3 look sick! The use of elephants in the last 2 films was fantastic and it appears that doesn’t change in the third film. Jaa really is incredible to watch but I’d love to see what he could do in a properly written action film.

What do you think of Ong Bak 3 and did you watch the first two films?

Ong Bak 3 opens somewhere, most likely not here, in 2010.

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  1. theres nothing wrong with ong bak 2, granted the story is a bit jumpy but i dont watch tony's films for the story, and ong bak 2 was way better than warrior king/the protector in the storyline department anyway, ong bak 3 is gonna rock

  2. @ Paul

    I'm with you. Ong Bak did disappoint. I was 100% on the Tony Jaa bandwagon. Ong Bak and Tum Yum Goong blew me away.

    From what I heard, Ong Bak 2 did fairly well in Thailand but flopped on the international scene. This will be no different. I wish he would make a movie set in modern age. Jackie Chan's breakout film (in Hollwyood that is) was Rumble in the Bronx. Jaa coud easily pull off something similar.

    He's getting up there in age too. Seems like a waste. But I'm sure Thais will love it and eat it up so more power to him. As for me, I'll be on the lookout for another break out martial arts star.

  3. Ong Bak – THE S***

    Ong Bak 2 – mediocre and bad story

    Ong Bak 3 – At least it looks better than DragonFail Evolution.

    So is this continuing from Ong Bak 2 story or what. I think Jaa needs to not direct things he stars in. It seems to be confusing him. I'll wait for A REAL ONG BAK sequel. Not some crap prequel that does not live to or surpass the standards he set with Ong Bak and Tom Yum Goong, that would be the Protector for those who don't know.

  4. There is a lot wrong with Ong Bak 2. Story, acting, and uninspired fight scenes. It's good Jaa shows off his other martial arts knowledge, but that drunken boxing he did was TERRIBLE for starters.

  5. i didnt mind ong bak 2, but i think its time tony jaa's learnt english and went to hollywood for movies, i never really minded the subtitles but it would be good if he acted with some hollywood cast, i wouldnt mind seeing him with jackie chan or jet li or even against them in a martial art movie

  6. Was I the only one that had a bit of disliking towards Ong Bak? I thought the action and stunts were awesome, but I absolutely HATED having the same stunt and such shown back to me in slow motion from a different camera angle. Otherwise it was a great film.

  7. That would be awesome if done right

  8. Tony is amazing, The protector is my favorite of his. Fight scenes are so original and epic on a small scale. If that makes sense. I think he needs to put his faith in a different director and writer. All he should do is fight. Sounds shallow but that's what everyone wants.

  9. i think the main reason why it hasnt happened yet is because jaa is in a way afraid of stepping out of his boundaries (ironic for a martial artist). but yes it would be cool (i would imagine he would play a thai drug dealer in charge of prostitution etc, or as a bad guy in the expendables)

  10. the reason they did that was for recovery time, when jaa slid under the car it would take him a few minutes to get back into place (sheer tension/pain of such crazy moves) so i believe rather than cutting all the time they just made repeats in slow mo to make up for his recovery time (doesnt make sense but its the only reason i can thinkof, that or they wanted to show off his skills)

  11. Whoa! mental breakdown you say?! Hmmm i guess that explains the utterly confusticated plot and directing of Ong Bak 2. I really do enjoy his moves, very brutal and to the point. Hope Ong Bak 3 does better.

  12. @ Paul Young

    I too unfortunately own Spirited Killer. Talk about corny and ROFL dialogue LOL

  13. Tony Jaa doesn't deserve to be this generation's Jackie Chan or Jet Li. Give me Donnie Yen… Although he's not as young, but he's young looking, and he has more than just martial arts prowess, he's a better actor than Jaa.

    Watch Ip Man if you have any doubts, you'll be on the Donnie Yen bandwagon after seeing that one, lol.

  14. Tony Jaa doesn't deserve to be this generation's Jackie Chan or Jet Li. Give me Donnie Yen… Although he's not as young, but he's young looking, and he has more than just martial arts prowess, he's a better actor than Jaa.

    Watch Ip Man if you have any doubts, you'll be on the Donnie Yen bandwagon after seeing that one, lol.

  15. i saw ong bak 3 and it was a good movie all around and yea he should learn english and come he and whoop sum american ass in hollywood

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