Humlae takes Ting to a freestyle fight club where he impresses the bosses (including handicapped kingpin Komtuan) by defeating a trilogy of competitors whose specialties are, in order: strength, speed and a willingness to use any objects in the room as a weapon (the latter pretty much destroying the facility). This somehow leads them to Don and his flunkies, who they chase in tuk-tuks (motorized rickshaws), leading to more destruction of property and ultimately exposing a hoard of stolen religious artifacts in an underwater fish farm. The mastermind, Komtuan, reveals that he still has the head of Ong-bak, and agrees to give it back if Ting fights Saming, his adrenaline-fueled right-hand man, and throws the fight. Afterwards he reneges and leaves behind a few of his least competent henchmen to execute Ting while he goes to unearth a giant Buddha from a nearby cave. Ting makes quick work of his goons and catches up with him in time for a final showdown supported by his new friends.
Story, though, is just dressing in this type of film (besides which, in the US and Europe, several of the subplots were hacked up anyway and the Thai music replaced with generically serviceable hip-hop), but Ong-Bak will entertain nevertheless if you have even the slightest sweet tooth for action. After the opening sequence, a rather curious tree-climbing affair, and the typical exposition loll, Pinkaew wisely ramps up the pace and only lets you catch your breath during ‘instant replay’ style alternate takes of the best stunts. You rarely have enough time to consider whether Buddha would’ve really sanctioned all this skull-smashing over an icon of his likeness or why the police never show up or how come so few gangsters have guns.