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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 / George (as Mum Jokemok)
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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 ...
Chumphorn Thepphithak ...
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Yai Hom (as Bunsri Yindee)
Woranard Tantipidok ...
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Sawang Rodnuch ...
Noi
Sutin Rodnuch ...
Jamnean
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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 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 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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$270,496 (Hong Kong) (27 February 2004)

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£214,580 (UK) (20 May 2005)
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Many of the bad guys had weird hairstyles to hide their head padding. During the slow motion scenes, you can see them angle their head downwards to catch elbows on the tops of their heads, presumably where the padding was thickest. See more »

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During the fight in the cave, just after Ting sees that George is being pulled up by a rope around his neck, two men attack Ting from the front and back. Ting kicks the man to his front in the head, jumping out of the way of the rear attack in the process; however, in the next shot the man behind him is down unconscious despite not having been hit. See more »

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Humlae: At least let me help you start your motorcycle.
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One Of, If Not The, Best Martial Arts Movie Ever Made
19 February 2005 | by (Canada) – 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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