MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 1,221 this week

Born to Fight (2004)
"Kerd ma lui" (original title)

6.2
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.2/10 from 2,176 users  
Reviews: 27 user | 56 critic

A group of athletes helping a poor village must stop an evil tyrant and his men from terrorizing the village.

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (story), 1 more credit »
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 38 titles
created 23 Aug 2011
 
a list of 43 titles
created 30 Nov 2011
 
a list of 919 titles
created 19 Dec 2011
 
a list of 21 titles
created 28 Aug 2012
 
a list of 1514 titles
created 17 Dec 2012
 

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Born to Fight (2004)

Born to Fight (2004) on IMDb 6.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Born to Fight.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Chocolate (2008)
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

An autistic girl with powerful martial art skills looks to settle her ailing mother's debts by seeking out the ruthless gangs that owe her family money.

Director: Prachya Pinkaew
Stars: JeeJa Yanin, Hiroshi Abe, Pongpat Wachirabunjong
Flash Point (2007)
Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A hot-headed inspector takes on a small but powerful Vietnamese-Chinese gang, after a series of crimes and murder attempts committed and putting an undercover cop and his girlfriend in great danger.

Director: Wilson Yip
Stars: Donnie Yen, Louis Koo, Ray Lui
Ong-bak 2 (2008)
Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A young Thai boxer learns the skills and inner meaning of martial arts.

Directors: Tony Jaa, Panna Rittikrai
Stars: Tony Jaa, Sarunyu Wongkrachang, Sorapong Chatree
Fatal Contact (2006)
Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A young man learns the fighting techniques of Sanda from a coach. The two become best friends as the young man prepares to enter an underground tournament, competing against some of the top fighters of the world.

Director: Dennis Law
Stars: Jacky Wu, Ronald Cheng, Miki Yeung
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A S.W.A.T. team becomes trapped in a tenement run by a ruthless mobster and his army of killers and thugs.

Director: Gareth Evans
Stars: Iko Uwais, Ananda George, Ray Sahetapy
Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A group of "fight club" friends, whose styles vary from Muay Thai, Capoeira to Kung Fu and Tai Chi, must join forces and fight for their lives in a daring rescue of a kidnapped friend.

Director: Panna Rittikrai
Stars: Sorapong Chatree, Kerttisak Udomnak, Krittiya Lardphanna
The Avengers (2012)
Action | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Nick Fury of S.H.I.E.L.D. assembles a team of superheroes to save the planet from Loki and his army.

Director: Joss Whedon
Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson
Action | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

The IMF is shut down when it's implicated in the bombing of the Kremlin, causing Ethan Hunt and his new team to go rogue to clear their organization's name.

Director: Brad Bird
Stars: Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg
Action | Adventure | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Mr. Church reunites the Expendables for what should be an easy paycheck, but when one of their men is murdered on the job, their quest for revenge puts them deep in enemy territory and up against an unexpected threat.

Director: Simon West
Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Liam Hemsworth, Randy Couture
Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Young assassins Azumi and Nagara continue their mission to prevent a civil war. In their hunt for Masayuki Sanada, who is protected by both an army and a dangerous clan, they meet Ginkaku, a person who shows a remarking resemblance with former friend Nachi.

Director: Shûsuke Kaneko
Stars: Aya Ueto, Yûma Ishigaki, Chiaki Kuriyama
Action | Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Yip Man's resistance against invading foreigners, along with his romantic relations while under the tutelage of three Wing Chun masters.

Director: Herman Yau
Stars: Yu-Hang To, Huang Yi, Biao Yuen
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

The leader of a drug cartel busts out of a courthouse and speeds to the Mexican border, where the only thing in his path is a sheriff and his inexperienced staff.

Director: Kim Jee-woon
Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Forest Whitaker, Johnny Knoxville
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Nappon Gomarachun ...
Santisuk Promsiri ...
Dan Chupong ...
Piyapong Piew-on ...
Tun
Somrak Khamsing ...
Tug
Amornthep Waewsang ...
Moo
Suebsak Pansueb ...
Jo
Nantaway Wongwanichislip ...
Nye
Kessarin Ektawatkul ...
Nui
Rattaporn Khemtong ...
Chatthapong Pantanaunkul ...
Foong (as Chattaporn Pantana-Angkul)
Sasisa Jindamanee ...
Payong Mounda ...
Village Head
Swat Hoopsom ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
...
Nui (voice)
Edit

Storyline

Daew is a cop who has nailed the evil gunrunner General Yang, but his partner is killed in the case and Daew becomes depressed. However, his sister asks him to join her and some of her athlete friends to a small village to give food and toys to the villagers. What starts out as a trip to help people turns into a nightmare when Yang's men arrive at the village and take over, demanding the release of Yang or a nuclear missile will hit Bangkok. When villagers are killed left and right, Daew and the athletes must start a revolution against the tyranny before it's too late. Written by Ninja01

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

5 August 2004 (Thailand)  »

Also Known As:

Kerd ma lui  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Goofs

When Tun kicks a soccer ball towards a distant watch tower, we see a soldier fall off the tower with the ball next to him. The next shot shows him hit the ground, but the soccer ball is nowhere to be seen. See more »

Crazy Credits

The ending credits feature outtakes and practice shots of most of the major stunts displayed on the film. See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Amazing fights!
27 March 2005 | by (Williamsburg, VA) – See all my reviews

In 2003 Thailand produced one of the most jaw dropping action films in recent years in ONG BAK, a throw back to the reckless stunt choreography of Hong Kong cinema. 2004 continues the tradition with BORN TO FIGHT, a film that maintains the philosophy of doing stunts with no special effects, no wires and no stunt doubles. Keanu Reeves need not apply.

The plot of BORN TO FIGHT is very simple. A cop (Choupong Changprung) and his partner are working undercover to capture a drug kingpin/mercenary. The cop succeeds in an over the top opening sequence that leaves both a town and his partner blown to pieces. To get over the loss of his partner, the cop decides to accompany his sister with a group of gymnasts on a humanitarian mission to a small village. But as cinematic bad luck would have it, the thugs of the aforementioned crime boss shows up, take the village hostage and threaten to detonate a nuclear missile unless their leader is released. It is then up to the cop and the villagers to stop them.

The basic premise of BORN TO FIGHT is so standard that it could easily be used for any American action film ("DIE HARD in a village!" is what the execs would call it). What sets it apart from a majority of its action genre brethren are the astounding stunts and fight scenes. Both this film (and ONG BAK for that matter) take me back to the time when a stunt would make me audibly wince in pain for the guy on the receiving end. Knowing that person actually took the bump rather than standing in front of a green screen and being digitally made a bad ass is far more satisfying to me. The adrenaline-pumping trailer, which made the internet rounds during the summer of 2004, contains only a fraction of on screen mayhem contained in this film. The last half hour, where the villagers fight back, is a non-stop battle.

Director Panna Rittikrai, who was the fight choreographer on ONG BAK, utilizes a number of Thai athletes as the heroes. By doing this Rittikrai is able to incorporate their various athletic abilities such as gymnastics, soccer playing and the Thai sport of sepak takraw (which utilizes a hard ball that becomes a formidable weapon). This helps substantially in the film's pursuit to "one up" each previous stunt. However, that is not to say that regular action staples such as gun battles and car chases are left out of the mix. The film contains lots of bloody shootouts, including one done in a long take a la Woo's HARD BOILED. And the vehicular mayhem is ever present with a number of motorcycle stunts that qualify as the most dangerous I have ever seen in a film. In a nod to their influences (particularly Jackie Chan), the filmmakers end the closing credits with footage of the stunts as they happen. Surprisingly, the most dangerous looking ones result in the stuntmen jumping up and signaling they are okay.

With ONG BAK getting a lot of (deserved) hype leading up to its North American theatrical release, it is refreshing to see that the Thai film industry isn't resting on that film's rep. While this film may lack the plot dynamics and production value of ONG BAK (it probably cost half of that), it still manages to deliver on the promise of non-stop action. BORN TO FIGHT is a must see for anyone who was once thrilled to the sight of Yuen Biao kicking a coconut, Sammo Hung getting into a stick fight or Jackie Chan destroying an entire shanty town.


33 of 40 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Kinda feels like 'Thailand the movie' at times, Lol. maxibon2010
could have been something special - ruined by some stupid stunts moviefiend-1
who's the cute thai girl in the red jacket? phrozunsun
Music at the beggining? ChanKwokWing
Takeshi Kitano doppelganger hayaten
An OK film, but with a good message shenzhka
Discuss Born to Fight (2004) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?