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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

Writers:

Panna Rittikrai (story), Prachya Pinkaew (story) | 1 more credit »
2 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Taglines:

To fight for the honor of his village, he must unleash the ancient art of Muay Thai: 9 Body Weapons 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 »

Parents Guide:

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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

More than Luc Besson, the crew also seems to like Steven Spielberg. During the alley chase, right after Tony Jaa has performed some break-dance-looking moves on a table, he jumps off and runs away, while the text "Hi Spielberg, let do it together" can be read on the wall in the background. See more »

Goofs

When Humlae and Ting venture into the Cave riding a motorcycle, the stand of the motorcycle is still down. See more »

Quotes

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

Two cuts were released in Hong Kong. The theatrical release was identical to the Thai cut except the now infamous "bone-breaking" shots were both cut to receive a "Category II B" rating. This cut of the film is also used for the EDKO Hong Kong VCD. However, the original uncut version, with both the arm and leg breaking shots, was given a DVD release in Hong Kong, but received a "Category III" rating. See more »

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Referenced in Sleeping Dogs (2012) See more »

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Tony Jaa is good but........
6 March 2005 | by jjbutlerSee all my reviews

Ong-Bak was a great beat-em-up flick, probably the most realistic-looking fighting sequences I've ever seen. And the fact that there are no special effects involved earn this movie and Tony Jaa more respect from me. Tony Jaa is definitely more acrobatic than Jackie, but if you look back at some of Jackie's films and then watch Ong-Bak, I don't think he's as GUTSY as Jackie but hey, he's only made 1 film so I may be wrong. And he's a good martial artist but if you really look at some of Jet Li's films and then look at Ong-Bak and pay attention to his hand to hand combat, you'll see that he's actually not as advanced or nearly as OUICK as Jet in actual martial arts skills and hand-2-hand combat. There's a difference in being the next big martial arts star and being the next Jet Li or Jackie Chan. Anyway most people are just saying that cuz he's new and can jump high and do a bunch of flips. So don't label him as the next anybody. Just say "There's Jet Li, Jackie Chan, and Tony Jaa."


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