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Ong-bak (2003)

R  |   |  Action  |  11 February 2005 (USA)
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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 ...
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 computer graphics. No stunt doubles. No wires. See more »



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:

$270,496 (Hong Kong) (27 February 2004)


£214,580 (UK) (20 May 2005)

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1.85 : 1
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Marvelous Movie of All Times
3 November 2004 | by (India) – See all my reviews

This movie is just great. There are no words to explain how classicly the actions has been choreographed. Tony Ja is simply great and beyond comparison. Bruce, Jet and Jackie took a couple of movies to reach the top in my favorite list..But Tony Ja is at the top in one shot. Sure I would add this movie as No.1 in my top 5 list of action movies ever. The first chase in the streets is one spectacular proof of Tony's efforts. The thai free style kickboxing is simply superb.

Sure a BIG feast for any action lovers.

Regards, Venkat.

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