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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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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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buddha | combat | head | muay thai | statue | See more »

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No computer graphics. No stunt doubles. No wires. 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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23 October 2003 (Singapore)  »

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Opening Weekend:

£101,634 (UK) (13 May 2005)

Gross:

£214,580 (UK) (20 May 2005)
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More than Luc Besson, the crew also seems to like Steven Spielberg. During the alley chase, right after Tony Jaa has performed some break-dance-looking moves on a table, he jumps off and runs away, while the text "Hi Speilberg let do it together" can be read on the wall in the background. See more »

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When Tony Jaa executes one kick to knock out his first tournament fighter he is clearly in a left fighting stance yet without changing stance he kicks from a right fighting stance. See more »

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Performed by Aymeric Beguin and Eric Melville
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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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