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Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior (2003)

Ong-bak (original title)
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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.

Director:

Prachya Pinkaew

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Panna Rittikrai (story), Prachya Pinkaew (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tony Jaa ... Ting
Petchtai Wongkamlao ... Humlae / George (as Mum Jokemok)
Pumwaree Yodkamol Pumwaree Yodkamol ... Muay Lek
Suchao Pongwilai Suchao Pongwilai ... Komtuan (as Suchoa Pongvilai)
Chatthapong Phantana-Angkul Chatthapong Phantana-Angkul ... Saming (as Chatthapong Pantanaunkul)
Wannakit Sirioput Wannakit Sirioput ... Don (as Wannakit Siriput)
Cheathavuth Watcharakhun Cheathavuth Watcharakhun ... Peng (as Chetwut Wacharakun)
Rungrawee Barijindakul Rungrawee Barijindakul ... Ngek (as Rungrawee Borrijindakul)
Pornpimol Chookanthong Pornpimol Chookanthong ... Mae Waan
Chumphorn Thepphithak Chumphorn Thepphithak ... Uncle Mao (as Chumporn Teppitak)
Sukanya Kongkawong Sukanya Kongkawong ... Waitress
Boonsri Yindee ... Yai Hom (as Bunsri Yindee)
Woranard Tantipidok Woranard Tantipidok ... Pra Cru
Sawang Rodnuch Sawang Rodnuch ... Noi
Sutin Rodnuch Sutin Rodnuch ... Jamnean
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Storyline

Booting lives in a small and peaceful village. One day a sacred Buddha statuette called Ong Bak is stolen from the village by an immoral businessman. It soon becomes the task of a voluntary young man, Boonting (Phanom Yeeram), to track down the thief in Bangkok and reclaim the religious treasure. Along the way, Boonting uses his astonishing athleticism and traditional Muay Thai skills to combat his adversaries. Written by astroboy2k

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A new breed of martial arts hero is born See more »

Genres:

Action | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sequences of strong violence, language, some drug use and sexuality | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Thailand

Language:

Thai | English

Release Date:

11 February 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Daredevil See more »

Filming Locations:

Rat Burana, Bangkok, Thailand See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,334,869, 13 February 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$4,560,061, 24 April 2005
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (director's cut) | (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital EX

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Tony Jaa trained extensively in the ancient form of Muay Boran (the predecessor to Muay Thai) for four years in preparation for this film. See more »

Goofs

During the tuk-tuk chase scene, Humlae's tuk-tuk reaches the end of the incomplete highway and the chasing vehicles fall over the edge. There are several shots as they fall and Humlae's tuk-tuk alternates between having one wheel off (low shot) and being fully on the highway (high shot). It is only after the initial chasing tuk-tuks have fallen off that his vehicle actually gets pushed halfway off. See more »

Quotes

Big Bear, a Fighter: Come on! Fuck Muay Thai!
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Alternate Versions

The sentence "Hi. Speilberg / Let do it together", with misspelling and all, is seen handwritten on a dark garage door in front of which two men are street-fighting. It was added afterwards to the film's Asian DVD edition, and the copy shown at the Cannes Film Festival, but it is not in the original cut, and the Thai VCD edition. See more »


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Entertaining
29 October 2004 | by AntagonistenSee all my reviews

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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