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Ong-bak -- 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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Release Date:
23 October 2003 (Singapore) See more »
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To fight for the honor of his village, he must unleash the ancient art of Muay Thai: 9 Body Weapons See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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2 wins & 5 nominations See more »
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(121 articles)
User Reviews:
Most awesome, violent, raw martial arts film ever made See more (368 total) »

Cast

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Petchtai Wongkamlao ... Humlae / Dirty Balls / George (as Petchtai Wongkamlao)

Tony Jaa ... Ting (as Panom Yeerum)
Pumwaree Yodkamol ... Muay Lek
Suchao Pongwilai ... Komtuan
Chumphorn Thepphithak ... Uncle Mao
Cheathavuth Watcharakhun ... Peng
Wannakit Sirioput ... Don
Rungrawee Barijindakul ... Ngek
Chatthapong Pantanaunkul ... Saming
Nudhapol Asavabhakhin ... Toshiro
Pornpimol Chookanthong ... Mae Waan
Udom Chouncheun ... Ta Meun

Boonsri Yindee ... Yai Hom
Arirat Ratanakaitkosol ... Tang On
Woravit Tanochitsirikul ... Sia Pao
Chalongsak Sirimahasan ... Hia Lao
Sawang Rodnuch ... Noi
Sutin Rodnuch ... Jamnean
Woranard Tantipidok ... Pra Cru
Somjaj Junmoonree ... Bodyguard 1
Somchai Moonma ... Bodyguard 2
Taworn Tonapan ... Bodyguard 3
Dan Chupong ... Bodyguard 4 (as Chupong Changprung)
Chaiporn Gunmoontree ... Bodyguard 5

Don Ferguson ... Bodyguard 6
David Ismalone ... Mad Dog

Erik Markus Schuetz ... Pearl Harbour (as Hans Eric)
Paul Gaius ... Lee
Nick Kara ... Big Bear
Sukanya Kongkawong ... Waitress
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Panna Rittikrai ... Villager (uncredited)
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Directed by
Prachya Pinkaew 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Prachya Pinkaew  story
Panna Rittikrai  story
Suphachai Sittiaumponpan  screenplay

Produced by
Tech Akarapol .... producer (as Akarapol Techaratanaprasert)
Somsak Jiewsuwan .... associate producer
Prachya Pinkaew .... producer
Warinya Ratipakorn .... assistant line producer
Mehdi Sayah .... assistant producer
Somsak Techaratanaprasert .... executive producer
Sukanya Vongsthapat .... producer
Darin Vosbein .... assistant line producer
Sita Vosbein .... line producer
Luc Besson .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Richard Wells (UK version)
 
Cinematography by
Nattawut Kittikhun 
 
Film Editing by
Thanat Sunsin 
Thanapat Taweesuk 
 
Production Design by
Arkadech Keawkotr  (as Arkadech Kaewkotara)
 
Art Direction by
Arkadech Keawkotr  (as Arkadech Kaewkotara)
 
Costume Design by
Worathon Kritsanaklin 
 
Makeup Department
Panya Phaopeng .... hair stylist
Wansong Sitthiprom .... assistant makeup artist
Yudthana Sonthi .... makeup artist
Kamol Soponkulpan .... assistant makeup artist
Prachya Timmukda .... assistant makeup artist
 
Production Management
Jaded Aueychimplee .... assistant production manager
Wararit Polcharoen .... production manager
Sukanya Suantanu .... assistant production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sakchai Amattayakul .... third assistant director
Chinoret Kumwandee .... first assistant director
Kanchanaphan Meesuwan .... fourth assistant director
Saratswadee Wongsomphet .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Wansong Sitthiprom .... assistant art director
Kamol Soponkhunpun .... assistant art director
Prachya Timmukda .... assistant art director
 
Sound Department
Sunij Asavinikul .... sound mixer
Sunij Asavinikul .... sound
Thanapong Boonyachai .... sound editor
Christophe Bourreau .... foley artist
Somchai Chansook .... adr recordist
Capucine Courau .... assistant sound editor
Loïc Gourbe .... sound recordist
Ariya Naslongkla .... sound effects editor
Ariya Naslongkla .... sound mixer
Angart Srirat .... adr recordist
Vincent Tulli .... sound re-recording mixer
 
Stunts
Michael B. .... stunts (as Piroj Boongerd)
Choawalit Choanoy .... stunts
Dan Chupong .... stunts
Don Ferguson .... stunts
Chaiporn Gunmoontree .... stunts
David Ismalone .... stunts
Somjaj Junmoonree .... stunt manager
Somjaj Junmoonree .... stunts
Kanaung .... stunts (as Kanaung Keniah)
Seng Kawee .... stunt coordinator
Rided Lardpanna .... stunts
Erik Markus Schuetz .... stunts: Martial Arts, Motorbikes, Choreography
Somchai Moonma .... stunts
Suban Phusoi .... stunt safety
Suban Phusoi .... stunts
Weerapon Poomatfon .... stunts
Panna Rittikrai .... stunt coordinator
Banlu Srisaeng .... stunt trainer
Panna Rittikrai .... stunt driver (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Thanaporn Arkamanon .... still photographer
 
Music Department
Jérôme Lateur .... music supervisor
Vincent Lebegue .... music legal coordinator
Elise Luguern .... music production supervisor
Mehdi Sayah .... assistant music supervisor
Alison Wright .... music supervisor (UK version)
 
Other crew
Bob Buchholz .... english language director
Tony Jaa .... martial arts choreographer (as Panom Yeerum)
Emilie Maison .... press attache france
Panna Rittikrai .... martial arts choreographer
Kristy Ryan .... promotions manager: Australia
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior" - Philippines (English title), USA (trailer title)
"Daredevil" - USA (informal literal English title)
"Ong Bak: Muay Thai Warrior" - Singapore (English title)
"Ong-Bak: Muay Thai Warrior" - International (English title) (festival title)
"Thai Fist" - Hong Kong (English title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for sequences of strong violence, language, some drug use and sexuality
Runtime:
Canada:105 min (Toronto International Film Festival) | Hong Kong:108 min | USA:105 min | 104 min (director's cut) | Spain:100 min (DVD edition)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Tony Jaa performs all of his own stunts.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: In the tracking shot of Ting being chased, just after he leaps over the children, the sound recordist can be seen holding his microphone and moving with the gang members on the right side of the frame.See more »
Quotes:
Humlae:At least let me help you start your motorcycle.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in D.E.B.S. (2004)See more »
Soundtrack:
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FAQ

What are the differences between the International Version and the Original Thai Version?
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97 out of 133 people found the following review useful.
Most awesome, violent, raw martial arts film ever made, 24 February 2004
Author: rcropperUK from Leeds

Tony Ja is the new Jet Li and Jackie Chan with a thai boxing background. This guy moves as quick as Jackie, has the strength of Jet Li, put packs a more violent, deadly assault - he uses his knees and elbows for pure annihilation. Why does he use his elbow and knees so much? Because they are the hardest parts of the human body. And god damn in Ong Bak he proper messes up everyone he comes across. Thai boxing is proper hardcore, they don't mess about.In Ong Bak, the story is pretty non existent, basically some gangstas from the city come to our heros poor village and steal the Buddha's head statue, and so Tony Ja commits to bringing it back and restoring peace. Now with that out of the way, let's talk about the fighting as this is where the film excels. WOW, this IS the most realistic fighting you will ever see. The only thing I can compare it to is Ultimate Fighting, but ten times worse. Tony Ja will become a legend this is fact. His flexibility in fighting is so extreme, and this film is basically just crammed up with the biggest, most violent stunts you will ever see. For instance, in a scene where Tony and his newly met friends run away from a group of hoodlums, he gets away in style. This is done by jumping through the tiny gaps, either backwards sliding underneath cars, jumping feet and hands outstretched through a hope, running across people's heads, flippin, kicking, somersaulting absolutely everywhere. Remember when you first saw the matrix and you were like `woah', well this is so much better. For starts, the stunts in this film are REAL. Everybody gets injured. There are no wires, pulleys, fake punches, fake blood. This is how it should be. Hollywood take note. The best scenes come where there is a kinda of street fighter style arena, where the deadliest fighters compete to be champion. Tony gets accidently caught up in this, and doesn't mess around by defeating the champion with a single powerful knee thrust into the opponents chest as Tony bends forwards and twists to avoid the ensuing punch from the opponent then unleashes the killer blow. Everyone in the arena is stunned and Tony gets booed for bad sportsmanship.. But don't worry about that has the biggest fights of his life coming up.You need this film in your life. I haven't seen anything as violent and hardcore as this ever before. But even though its hardcore and low budget, the direction is slick. Double takes are often used for the incredible action so you can really appreciate, for example, taking out three men with a triple, twisting back flip and smashing their heads in with your knees and elbows at the same time with pure accuracy. I have watched this four times now and cannot get enough. Overall, the story line is weak and there are some hilarious cheesy moments, but this all works perfectly well as instead of going `god damn thats sick!' at the beginning, you will end up saying `ha ha! Did you see his elbow get torn backwards then snapped! Ha ha! This is genius!'. It's like CKY2 with all the accidents, but here it is intentional for someone to do themselves in. This is a film you will watch over and over again, and show your mates everytime they come round. 10/10

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