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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 »
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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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No computer graphics. No stunt doubles. No wires. 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 performs all of his own stunts. See more »

Goofs

When Tony Jaa executes one kick to knock out his first tournament fighter, he is clearly in a left fighting stance; yet, without changing his stance, he kicks from a right fighting stance. See more »

Quotes

Muay Lek: I have an exam tomorrow.
Humlae: An exam? You never go to college. Are you screwing the teacher?
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Alternate Versions

The Hong Kong VCD released by EDKO has Thai and Cantonese soundtracks and includes Chinese and English subtitles. The Hong Kong DVD version from EDKO doesn't have English subtitles. The Thai DVD doesn't have English subtitles either. According to Bey Logan's commentary on the UK DVD release, this is deliberate to make the film's accessibility much more difficult. See more »

Connections

Spoofed in Lung gam wai yi dzi wang mo leung leung (2005) See more »

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Wow, someone totally missed the point
8 December 2004 | by masterckoSee all my reviews

Saying that Ong Bak was a bad movie because of the weak story is like saying that the Simpsons is a bad series because of the lack of continuity from show to show.

YOU'RE MISSING THE POINT! The story is only there to loosely tie together the fact that this guy is being a badass. Which he is. There were only a FEW fight scenes? What are you talking about? There were so many fight scenes and chase scenes and the like. Every time you thought you saw the coolest thing ever, he breaks out another move that STILL totally blows you away. The only reason that this movie exists is simply to showcase Phanom Yeerum's skills as a martial artist and an acrobat, which frankly, is enough for me.

*sigh* If you care so much about story, steer clear. If you have any interest whatsoever is the GENRE of martial arts movies (where the quality of the story is usually not the primary concern), watch this movie. You won't be sorry.


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