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Ong-bak (2003)

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When the head of a statue sacred to a village is stolen, a young martial artist goes to the big city and finds himself taking on the underworld to retrieve it.

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Humlae / Dirty Balls / George (as Petchtai Wongkamlao)
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Ting (as Panom Yeerum)
Pumwaree Yodkamol ...
Suchao Pongwilai ...
Chumphorn Thepphithak ...
Cheathavuth Watcharakhun ...
Wannakit Sirioput ...
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Rungrawee Barijindakul ...
Chatthapong Pantanaunkul ...
Nudhapol Asavabhakhin ...
Pornpimol Chookanthong ...
Udom Chouncheun ...
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Arirat Ratanakaitkosol ...
Woravit Tanochitsirikul ...
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Storyline

Booting lives in a small and peaceful village. One day a sacred Buddha statuette called Ong Bak is stolen from the village by a immoral businessman who sells it for exorbitant profits. It soon becomes the task of a young man, Boonting (Phanom Yeeram), to track the thief down to Bangkok voluntarily and reclaim the religious treasure. Along the way, Boonting uses his astonishing athleticism and traditional Muay Thai skills to combat his adversaries. Written by astroboy2k

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To fight for the honor of his village, he must unleash the ancient art of Muay Thai: 9 Body Weapons See more »

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Rated R for sequences of strong violence, language, some drug use and sexuality | See all certifications »

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£101,634 (UK) (13 May 2005)

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£214,580 (UK) (20 May 2005)
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Ajarn Yodthong (a great master of muay thai) makes an uncredited guest spot role in this movie. He is the man selling cigarettes. This can be seen when Ting fights in "The Pub" for the second time. See more »

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There is one spot in the film where Ting, Humlae and Muay are eating on a street corner. Before this scene changes, it always freezes for a second, no matter what copy of the film you have or what DVD player you are watching it on. See more »

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Wow, someone totally missed the point
8 December 2004 | by (Palo Alto, California, USA) – See all my reviews

Saying that Ong Bak was a bad movie because of the weak story is like saying that the Simpsons is a bad series because of the lack of continuity from show to show.

YOU'RE MISSING THE POINT! The story is only there to loosely tie together the fact that this guy is being a badass. Which he is. There were only a FEW fight scenes? What are you talking about? There were so many fight scenes and chase scenes and the like. Every time you thought you saw the coolest thing ever, he breaks out another move that STILL totally blows you away. The only reason that this movie exists is simply to showcase Phanom Yeerum's skills as a martial artist and an acrobat, which frankly, is enough for me.

*sigh* If you care so much about story, steer clear. If you have any interest whatsoever is the GENRE of martial arts movies (where the quality of the story is usually not the primary concern), watch this movie. You won't be sorry.


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