Release date:February 11, 2005
(top 20 markets)
MPAA Rating:R (for sequences of strong violence, language, some drug use and sexuality)
Screenwriters:Prachya Pinkaew, Panna Rittikrai
Starring:Phanom Yeerum, Petchtai Wongkamlao, Pumwaree Yodkamol, Suchao Pongwilai, David Ismalone, Chatthapong Pantanaunkul, Erik Markus Schuetz, Rungrawee Barijindakul, Don Ferguson, Chatewut Watcharakhun, Nudhapol Asavabhakhin, Nick Kara
One dark night, a former native of a rural Thai village, has his men steal the head of the town's Ong Bak (Buddha statue) to win favor with ruthless crime boss Khom Tuan. The locals regard the theft as a catastrophe, and seek a champion to retrieve their lost treasure. They find their man in Ting (Tony Jaa), an orphaned youngster raised at the local temple, and schooled by Pra Kru, a kindly monk, in an ancient system of Muay Thai: 'Nine Body Weapons'. Ting travels to the mean streets of Bangkok, where he's forced to compete in illegal street fights, taking on both local and foreign opponents to win the head of Ong Bak from the ruthless crime boss.