Ong-Bak (องค์บาก)
  Directed by: Prachya Pinkaew
Prachya Pinkaew, Somsak Techaratanaprasert, Luc Besson
108 min (international version : 105 min)
Thailand - Thai language
Production Companies: Baa-Ram-Ewe & Sahamongkolfilm Co. Ltd.
Release date: 31 January 2003 in Thailand
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When the head of Ong-Bak, the sacred Buddha of a poor village is stolen, the population is plunged into misery. The Buddha was the focal point of an anniversary vigil believed to bring rain to the drought-stricken area. Young Ting is selected by the villagers to travel to Bangkok and rescue the relic in time for their ceremony. Ting has an affinity with the statue as he was left on the temple steps as a baby and raised by monks, who taught him muay thai, but forbade him to use it in combat. But now he is forced to delve into a seedy underworld and try to avoid temptation...

›› Martial Arts choreographer : Tony Jaa / Panna Rittikrai.

›› Filming Locations : Bangkok and Patpong, Thailand.

›› Ong-Bak won the Action Asia Award (Deauville Film Festival 2004, France) and the Orient Express Award (Catalonian International Film Festival, Sitges, Spain). The film was presented to the following festivals : Pusan 2003, Deauville Film Festival 2004, Melbourne 2004, Sitges 2004, Toronto 2004, Adelaide 2005...

›› Ong-Bak is Tony Jaa's first film. It was directed by Prachya Pinkaew and distibuted by Luc Besson in Europe and America. This film has required four years of Muay Thai Boran training (ancient art) and three years of movie preparation. On its release the film became a smash hit and it established Tony as world's top action actor.

›› All fights in the film were made without wires, stunt doubles or digital effects. Tony Jaa performs all of his own stunts.

›› Panna Rittikrai (Tony Jaa's master) and Dan Chupong Changprong (Born to Fight) were actually part of Ong-Bak... Can you find them ? Check out Panna and Dan solutions.

›› In the three-wheeled taxi scene, when one of the little taxis flies and crashes into a building, on a wall in the lower left of the screen, under the highway, you can see writing that says: "Hi Luc Besson we are waiting for you". During the alley chase, right after Tony Jaa has performed some breakdance-looking moves on a table, he jumps off and runs away, while the text "Hi Spielberg, let's do it together" can be read on the wall in the background. Both texts were added numerically.

›› Some scenes were cut on french and american versions (but not the actions scenes).

›› There are actually two different ending versions and some deleted scenes.

Tony Jaa
Petchtai Wongkamlao
(Humlae & George)
Pumwaree Yodkamol
(Muay Lek)
Suchao Pongwilai
Wannakit Sirioput
Chatthapong Pantanaunkul
Chatewut Watcharakhun
Rungrawee Barijindakul
Nick Kara
(Big Bear)
Nudhapol Asavabhakhin
( Toshiro )
David Ismalone
( Mad Dog )
Erik Markus Schuetz
( Pearl Harbour )
Cumporn Teppita
( Uncle Mao )
Pornpimol Chookanthong
( Mae Waan )
Udom Chouncheun
( Ta Meun )
Boonsri Yindee
( Yai Hom )
Arirat Ratanakaitkosol
( Tang On )
Woravit Tanochitsirikul
( Sia Pao )
Chalongsak Sirimahasan
( Hia Lao )
Sawang Rodnuch
( Sutin Rodnuch )
Woranard Tantipidok
( Pra Cru )
Somjaj Junmoonree
( Bodyguard 1 )
Somchai Moonma
( Bodyguard 2 )
Taworn Tonapan
( Bodyguard 3 )
Chupong Changprung
( Bodyguard 4 )
Chaiporn Gunmoontree
( Bodyguard 5 )
Don Ferguson
( Bodyguard 6 )
Paul Gaius
( Lee )
Sukanya Kongkawong
( Waitress )

Also Known As:
Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior (Philippines: English title) (USA) (trailer title)
Daredevil (USA) (informal literal English title)
Ong Bak: Muay Thai Warrior (Singapore: English title)
Ong-Bak: Muay Thai Warrior (International: English title) (festival title)
Thai Fist (Hong Kong: English title)

MPAA : Rated R for sequences of strong violence, language, some drug use and sexuality.
Runtime: USA:105 min / Canada:105 min (Toronto International Film Festival) / Hong Kong:108 min
Country: Thailand
Language: Thai / English

Directed by
Prachya Pinkaew

Writing credits (in alphabetical order)
Prachya Pinkaew story
Panna Rittikrai story
Suphachai Sithiamphan

Produced by
Prachya Pinkaew .... producer
Somsak Techaratanaprasert .... executive producer
Sukanya Vongsthapat .... producer
Luc Besson .... executive producer (uncredited)

Original Music by
Richard Wells (UK Version)

Cinematography by
Nattawut Kittikhun

Film Editing by
Thanat Sunsin
Thanapat Taweesuk

Production Design by
Arkadech Kaewkotara

Sound Department
Sunij Asavinikul .... sound
Capucine Courau .... assistant sound editor
Vincent Tulli .... sound re-recording mixer

Dan Chupong .... stunts
Don Ferguson .... stunts
David Ismalone .... stunts
Erik Markus Schuetz .... stunts: Martial Arts, Motorbikes, Choreography

Other crew
Tony Jaa .... martial arts choreographer (as Panom Yeerum)
Panna Rittikrai .... martial arts choreographer
Kristy Ryan .... promotions manager: Australia
Edweana Wenkart .... publicist: Australia
Alison Wright .... music supervisor (UK version)


* EuropaCorp. Distribution (2004) (France) (all media)
* Golden Network Asia Limited (2003) (worldwide) (all media)
* 01 Distribuzione (2004) (Italy) (all media)
* 3L Filmverleih (2004) (Germany) (theatrical)
* A-Films (2004) (Benelux) (DVD)
* Alliance Atlantis Communications (2005) (Canada) (theatrical)
* Bright Angel Distribution (2004) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
* Central Partnership (2005) (CIS) (all media)
* Central Partnership (2005) (Russia) (all media)
* Cinephil (2004) (Israel) (all media)
* Ciné Libre (2004) (Belgium) (theatrical)
* Contender Group (2005) (UK) (all media)
* EDKO Film Ltd. (2004) (Hong Kong) (all media)
* EDKO Film Ltd. (2005) (China) (all media)
* GAGA Humax Inc. (2004) (Japan) (theatrical)
* Gulf Film (2004) (Middle East) (all media)
* Gussi Artecinema (2004) (Latin America) (all media)
* Gussi Artecinema (2004) (Mexico) (all media)
* Hollywood Classic Entertainment (2005) (Czech Republic) (theatrical)
* Lusomundo Audiovisuais S.A. (2004) (Portugal) (all media)
* Madman Entertainment Pty. Ltd. (2003) (Australia) (all media)
* Magnolia Pictures (2005) (USA) (theatrical) (subtitled)
* Manga Films S.L. (2004) (Spain) (all media)
* Media Cooperation One GmbH (2004) (Germany) (DVD)
* Media Suits Ltd. (2004) (Japan) (all media)
* Medyavizyon (2005) (Turkey) (all media)
* New Action Entertainment Co. Ltd. (2004) (Taiwan) (all media)
* Nobel & Partners Entertainment (2004) (Norway) (all media)
* Nobel & Partners Entertainment (2004) (Scandinavia) (all media)
* Quasar Films (Argentina)
* Sahamongkolfilm Co. Ltd. (2003) (Thailand) (all media)
* Shaw Renters (2003) (Singapore) (all media)
* Showbox (2004) (Korea) (all media)
* Siam Cable Network Co. Ltd. (2003) (Cambodia) (TV)
* Sunny Films (2003) (Malaysia) (all media)
* The Klock Worx Company Ltd. (Japan) (theatrical)

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* Golden Network Asia Limited international sales
* Europa Corp. co-international sales