Ong-Bak 2: The Beginning (2008) is a Thai martial arts film co-directed by Panna Rittikrai and Tony Jaa who also stars in the film. It is a follow-up film to to Tony Jaa’s Ong-Bak: Muay Thai Warrior (2003). Ong Bak 2 was announced as a prequel to Ong-Bak: Muay Thai Warrior. Unlike its predecessor, Ong Bak 2 is set in 15th century Thailand and could be described as a historical epic with elements of fantasy.
Ong-Bak 2: The Beginning (2008) is set in the regal times of King Naresuan. Tien (Tony Jaa) is 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’s 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.