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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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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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Entertaining See more (369 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
Somjal Jonmoontee ... Bodyguard 1 (as Somjaj Junmoonree)
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)

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
Somjal Jonmoontee .... stunt manager (as Somjaj Junmoonree)
Somjal Jonmoontee .... stunts (as Somjaj Junmoonree)
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:
The style of Muay boran Tony uses is, according to his handwrap, is Muay Korat. Boxers of the Korat style wrap their tightrope up until their elbow.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: In the end fight between Ting and Saming, the less athletic Saming is obviously doubled by a guy with a different posture and hair style.See more »
Quotes:
Humlae:At least let me help you start your motorcycle.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in My Name Is Juani (2006)See more »
Soundtrack:
Course Poursuite 1See more »

FAQ

What are the differences between the International Version and the Original Thai Version?
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75 out of 94 people found the following review useful.
Entertaining, 29 October 2004
Author: Mattias Petersson from Stockholm, Sweden

I saw Ong-Bak for the first time on the Stockholm Film Festival in November of 2003, and now recently saw it again on DVD. I usually see at least 4-5 Asian films on the festival every year and each one is a gamble. At worst Asian action films can be unbearably slow and dull with uninteresting action scenes and horrible acting. At their best they can be like a wonderful ballet with astonishing moves and moods. Ong-Bak falls somewhere inbetween these two.

The story and set-up in Ong-Bak is nothing very original. The head of the village Buddha-statue (named Ong-Bak) is stolen which spells bad luck for the village. So they send their best man to the city to find the son who moved away, and they can search for the head together. Of course the villager is completely lost in the city and soon gets himself into trouble.

So the story is nothing new, neither is the setup which is more or less van Damme standard fare movies like "Lionheart" except in Thailand. We see some street-fighting and some tournament-style fighting in seedy bars. So, what makes Ong-Bak stand out? Well, the fighting! I have seldom seen such well-made fighting scenes. Both well choreographed and plentiful! The thai-boxing done here might be very stylized to look good, but it really does the trick. The fights are simply put amazing! The lead actor really knows his moves and his acrobatics, and many times you can really feel the crushing hits as kicks and elbows hit home. Also the pace is very high with almost constant fighting in the last half of the movie. And it all looks very very nice.

So, Ong-Bak is definitely for those of you who are suckers for martial-arts and fighting. Don't expect an original story or terribly solid acting. But expect a fun ride, lots and lots of violence. And for me that's enough. Ong-Bak receives a 7/10.

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