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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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buddha | combat | head | muay thai | statue | See All (90) »

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£101,634 (UK) (13 May 2005)

Gross:

£214,580 (UK) (20 May 2005)
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No wires or CG work were used in the fights. See more »

Goofs

During the tuk-tuk chase scene, Humlae's tuk-tuk reaches the end of the incomplete highway and the chasing vehicles fall over the edge. There are several shots as they fall and Humlae's tuk-tuk alternates between having one wheel off (low shot) and being fully on the highway (high shot). It is only after the initial chasing tuk-tuks have fallen off that his vehicle actually gets pushed halfway off. See more »

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Humlae: At least let me help you start your motorcycle.
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References In the Line of Duty 4 (1989) See more »

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Performed by King James III
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Brutally Beautiful
18 November 2003 | by (Hong Kong) – See all my reviews

The storyline is predictable, but the visual and the fights makes up for it. I understand why people compare the lead actor with Jet Li. They both have that presence on screen, the amazing flexibility and fighting sequences. Outstanding acrobatic movements when running from the bad guys in the street and it was good to see the shots from different angles.

It reminds me of some Jet Li's better fighting sequences before he took to the wires. This is the kind of martial arts film that makes me smile and cheer.

If you like martial arts films, then you'll sure to like this.


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