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Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior (2003)

Ong-bak (original title)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Humlae / George (as Mum Jokemok)
Pumwaree Yodkamol ...
Suchao Pongwilai ...
Komtuan (as Suchoa Pongvilai)
Chatthapong Pantanaunkul ...
Wannakit Sirioput ...
Don (as Wannakit Siriput)
Cheathavuth Watcharakhun ...
Peng (as Chetwut Wacharakun)
Rungrawee Barijindakul ...
Ngek (as Rungrawee Borrijindakul)
Pornpimol Chookanthong ...
Mae Waan
Chumphorn Thepphithak ...
Uncle Mao (as Chumporn Teppitak)
Sukanya Kongkawong ...
Yai Hom (as Bunsri Yindee)
Woranard Tantipidok ...
Pra Cru
Sawang Rodnuch ...
Sutin Rodnuch ...


Booting lives in a small and peaceful village. One day a sacred Buddha statuette called Ong Bak is stolen from the village by an immoral businessman. It soon becomes the task of a voluntary young man, Boonting (Phanom Yeeram), to track down the thief in Bangkok 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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No stunt doubles, no computer images, no strings attached See more »


Action | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

11 February 2005 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,334,869, 13 February 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$4,560,061, 24 April 2005
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film is homage to blockbuster martial-arts action flicks of 80's 90's and 00's starring Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan and Jet Li See more »


In the cave near the end of the film, Saming is no longer using the electronic voice box that he had to use to speak with throughout the rest of the movie See more »


Muay Lek: I have an exam tomorrow.
Humlae: An exam? You never go to college. Are you screwing the teacher?
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One Of, If Not The, Best Martial Arts Movie Ever Made
19 February 2005 | by See all my reviews

I've seen some of the negative comments people have made, and they are really off base, and quite frankly, stupid.

This movie is filled with incredible fight scenes, from the multitude of fights in the fighting circle, to that final fight in the cave. Most of the movie, in fact, was fight scenes, so I find it hard to believe that people think that there aren't any fight scenes in it. Those people who think that there aren't any action scenes in it are blind, obviously.

As another user has said, the whole point of Ong Bak was to display Tony Jaa's skill at martial arts, which is utterly incredible. Tony Jaa is the best martial artist I have had the pleasure of watching on the big screen.

While the plot wasn't the most original, why on earth did you go into Ong Bak expecting some sort of Oscar winning drama, such as Titanic? This movie was merely introducing Tony Jaa's skill to the North American audience.

People really need to lighten up. Just because a movie doesn't have an incredibly detailed and complex plot, that doesn't mean it's a bad movie! There is nothing wrong with a so-called "mindless" action movie, such as Ong-Bak! Just because it isn't some sort of drama, or another plot-saturated film, that doesn't mean it is garbage! While it may not have the best plot around, in terms of pure martial arts, this is the king. There is not a single martial arts movie out there that I have seen, that is more enjoyable than this movie, and I've seen a lot of martial arts movies.

If you are not stuck up, and you are able to enjoy a good martial arts movie, than Ong Bak is definitely for you! This movie is the best marital arts movie I have ever seen, and I gladly give it a 10/10.

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