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5 August 2004 (Thailand) See more »
A group of athletes helping a poor village must stop an evil tyrant and his men from terrorizing the village. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Not ONG-BAK... and not intended to be. See more (27 total) »


  (in credits order)
Nappon Gomarachun ... General Jang Sei Yang
Santisuk Promsiri ... Lowfei
Dan Chupong ... Deaw
Piyapong Piew-on ... Tun
Somrak Khamsing ... Tug
Amornthep Waewsang ... Moo
Suebsak Pansueb ... Jo
Nantaway Wongwanichislip ... Nye
Kessarin Ektawatkul ... Nui
Rattaporn Khemtong ... Tunta
Chatthapong Pantanaunkul ... Foong (as Chattaporn Pantana-Angkul)
Sasisa Jindamanee ... Baetoey
Payong Mounda ... Village Head
Swat Hoopsom ... Disabled
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

June Angela ... Nui (voice: English version)

Vanna Bonta ... Mali (voice: English version)
Sahaschai Chumrum ... Lieutenant Thripundomrong Liddomerong

Elyse Dinh ... Tukta / Newscaster (voice: English version)

Alexander Haney ... (voice)

Josiah D. Lee ... Scruff (voice: English version)

Marlene Sharp ... Additional Characters (voice: English version)
Wannakit Sirioput ... Foh

Don Thai Theerathada ... Tub (voice) (as Don Tai)

Eddie Vee ... Deaw (voice: English version)

Directed by
Panna Rittikrai 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Morakat Kaewthanek  screenplay
Panna Rittikrai  story
Thanapat Taweesuk  screenplay

Produced by
Tech Akarapol .... producer (as Akarapol Techaratanaprasert)
Prachya Pinkaew .... producer
Sukanya Vongsthapat .... producer
Sita Vosbein .... associate producer
Original Music by
Traithep Wongpaiboon 
Cinematography by
Surachet Thongmee 
Film Editing by
Thanapat Taweesuk 
Michael B. .... stunts
Seng Kawee .... stunt coordinator
Banlu Srisaeng .... stunt coordinator
Other crew
Marc Handler .... voice director: English version
Panna Rittikrai .... action choreographer
Banlu Srisaeng .... action choreographer

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Also Known As:
"Kerd ma lui" - Thailand (original title)
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96 min
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Revealing mistakes: In the opening of the film, characters can be seen interacting with one another in real-time as the Sun sets. The Sun, however, is visibly setting, dramatically dropping in the span of a few seconds, impossible even at the Equator.See more »


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10 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Not ONG-BAK... and not intended to be., 17 December 2005
Author: niz from Melbourne, Australia

Where ONG-BAK is a traditional martial arts film that strings a series of muay-thai fights and Jackie Chan-style chase scenes together with a simple plot, BORN TO FIGHT is an action film more akin to DIE HARD. That means plenty of John Woo-esquire gun battles and an incredibly high body count, with a sprinkling of brutal stunts. BORN TO FIGHT is not a sequel to ONG-BAK, its not "the next ONG-BAK", its simply a highly entertaining actioner that will keep fans of this director satisfied until TUM YUM GOONG is released.

The opening sequence, featuring people leaping between 2 moving trucks, is reminiscent of similar classic scenes from POLICE STORY. The story then switches gear, seemingly heading towards simple martial arts film territory (our hero is challenged by a local thug over the affections of a girl) before a hail of gunfire signals a massive change in direction. The next portion of the film is a relentlessly brutal slaughter-fest, as the evil villains randomly gun down villagers without a second thought, to levels you would never see in a Hollywood film. Hans Gruber has nothing on these guys! Finally, after a few false starts and a rendition of the Thai national anthem, our plucky villagers rise up, although quite how they manage to slaughter so many villains in revenge despite being outnumbered, unarmed, and constantly being killed in the gunfire is never entirely clear. What is clear is that the ridiculously gimmicky "gymnastics fights" are fun to watch, the ball-kicking guys who fire kettles and things at the heads of their enemies deserve a SHAOLIN SOCCER type film of their own, and there's nothing cuter than seeing a little kick-boxing girl kick the hell out of a baddie.

Our hero has a few moves of his own, but the film's focus is wider than ONG-BAK, concentrating on the efforts of a team rather than a lone individual, nevertheless he is the star of two wonderful gun battles shot in single takes without cuts: forget DOOM's first-person-shooter scene, this is the true visual embodiment of the modern shooter game, a breathtaking yet agonisingly short sequence inspired by similar sequences in John Woo's HARD BOILED and John Carpenter's THEY LIVE.

What BORN TO FIGHT lacks in coherence, it makes up for in energy. This is the modern equivalent of the kind of crazy rule-breaking action films Hong Kong could churn out so successfully in the 1980s. And its the perfect appetiser for TUM YUM GOONG to come.

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