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Ong-bak -- Ong-Bak stars Phanom Yeerum as the earnest Ting, a martial-arts hero to the little backwater Thai village of Ong-Bak. The very first scene has him competing in a brutal variant of capture-the-flag, which involves climbing a tree naked and throwing everyone else off the branches with one's bare hands (or feet, or whatever else is handy).
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:
11 February 2005 (USA) See more »
To fight for the honor of his village, he must unleash the ancient art of Muay Thai: 9 Body Weapons See more »
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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One Of, If Not The, Best Martial Arts Movie Ever Made See more (370 total) »


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Tony Jaa ... Ting

Petchtai Wongkamlao ... Humlae / George (as Mum Jokemok)
Pumwaree Yodkamol ... Muay Lek
Suchao Pongwilai ... Komtuan (as Suchoa Pongvilai)
Chatthapong Pantanaunkul ... Saming
Wannakit Sirioput ... Don (as Wannakit Siriput)
Cheathavuth Watcharakhun ... Peng (as Chetwut Wacharakun)
Rungrawee Barijindakul ... Ngek (as Rungrawee Borrijindakul)
Pornpimol Chookanthong ... Mae Waan
Chumphorn Thepphithak ... Uncle Mao (as Chumporn Teppitak)
Sukanya Kongkawong ... Waitress

Boonsri Yindee ... Yai Hom (as Bunsri Yindee)
Woranard Tantipidok ... Pra Cru
Sawang Rodnuch ... Noi
Sutin Rodnuch ... Jamnean
Udom Chouncheun ... Ta-Meun
Arirat Ratanakaitkosol ... Tang-On
Woravit Tanochitsirikul ... Sia Pao (as Woravit Tangchitsirikul)
Chalongsak Sirimahasan ... Hia Lao
Nudhapol Asavabhakhin ... Toshiro
Somjal Jonmoontee ... Bodyguard 1 (as Somjai Gunmoontree)
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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bob Buchholz ... Humlae (voice) (uncredited)
Panna Rittikrai ... Villager (uncredited)

Directed by
Prachya Pinkaew 
Writing credits
Panna Rittikrai  story &
Prachya Pinkaew  story and
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
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
Tony Jaa .... martial arts choreographer (as Panom Yeerum)
Emilie Maison .... press attache france
Panna Rittikrai .... martial arts choreographer
Kristy Ryan .... promotions manager: Australia
Bob Buchholz .... english language director (uncredited)

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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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Rated R for sequences of strong violence, language, some drug use and sexuality
Canada:105 min (Toronto International Film Festival) | Hong Kong:108 min | USA:105 min | 104 min (director's cut) | Spain:100 min (DVD edition)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

This film is homage to blockbuster martial-arts action flicks of 80's 90's and 00's starring Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan and Jet LiSee more »
Continuity: Ting's pants have a rip near the calf area that appears and disappears between shots in the battle in front of the big Buddha head near the end of the movie.See more »
Humlae:At least let me help you start your motorcycle.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Spy Game (2001)See more »
GrotteSee more »


What are the differences between the International Version and the Original Thai Version?
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111 out of 144 people found the following review useful.
One Of, If Not The, Best Martial Arts Movie Ever Made, 19 February 2005
Author: Cian-Faal from Canada

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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