October 23rd, 2003


more trailers Ong-bak

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.

Release Year: 2003

Rating: 7.2/10 (33,472 voted)

Critic's Score: 69/100

Director: Prachya Pinkaew

Stars: Tony Jaa, Petchtai Wongkamlao, Pumwaree Yodkamol

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

Writers: Prachya Pinkaew, Panna Rittikrai

Petchtai Wongkamlao - Humlae / Dirty Balls / George (as Petchtai Wongkamlao)
Tony Jaa - Ting (as Panom Yeerum)
Pumwaree Yodkamol - Muay Lek
Suchao Pongwilai - Komtuan
Chumphorn Thepphithak - Uncle Mao
Cheathavuth Watcharakhun - Peng
Wannakit Sirioput - Don
Rungrawee Barijindakul - Ngek
Chatthapong Pantanaunkul - Saming
Nudhapol Asavabhakhin - Toshiro
Pornpimol Chookanthong - Mae Waan
Udom Chouncheun - Ta Meun
Boonsri Yindee - Yai Hom
Arirat Ratanakaitkosol - Tang On
Woravit Tanochitsirikul - Sia Pao

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


Official Website: Europa Corp. [France] | Official site [Australia] |

Release Date: 23 October 2003

Filming Locations: Bangkok, Thailand

Opening Weekend: $1,334,869 (USA) (13 February 2005) (387 Screens)

Gross: $4,560,061 (USA) (24 April 2005)

Technical Specs

Runtime:Canada: (Toronto International Film Festival)  | Hong Kong:  | USA:  | (director's cut)  | Spain: (DVD edition)

Did You Know?

Tony Jaa performs all of his own stunts.

Revealing mistakes: When the hero jumps through the air from a pickup truck in order to knee an helmet wearing opponent in the head, you can see that he is wearing knee pads.

Humlae: At least let me help you start your motorcycle.

User Review

Wow, someone totally missed the point


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.