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
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
(as Petchtai Wongkamlao)
(as Panom Yeerum)
To fight for the honor of his village, he must unleash the ancient art of Muay Thai: 9 Body Weapons
Release Date: 23 October 2003
Filming Locations: Bangkok, Thailand
Opening Weekend: $1,334,869
(13 February 2005)
(24 April 2005)
(Toronto International Film Festival)
Did You Know?
Tony Jaa performs all of his own stunts.
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.
At least let me help you start your motorcycle.
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.