Ongbak (Finding Buddha statues – 2003)
Ongbak Considered the pinnacle of boxing on screen (especially Muay Thai), this is a film that revolves around the story of the head of a village Buddha (known as Ong Bak) being robbed by a criminal gang. , Ting (Tony Jaa) volunteered to go to Bangkok to search. Going to the city, he resorted to the help of a countryman, but this guy has lost his roots, living the life of a pimp, in debt. It was he who indirectly forced Ting to participate in martial arts clubs as a form of earning for him through matches.
The first time, he lured Ting that in order to get his lost money back, he had to duel with a martial artist. With the simple nature of a village boy, he easily jumped in to dig things, and when the curious onlookers could not understand how the head of the crab was narrow, he defeated the opponent with a single kick.
And just like that, Ting had to enter a few more times to earn money for an underworld guild. With Muay’s signature melee and elbow-knee techniques, Tony Jaa has shown all the quintessence of Thai cinema on the screen. After the success of Ongbak 2003, the sequels of Ongbak continuously premiered in 2008, 2010. Until now, this is considered the best movie Tony Jaa in particular and Thai cinema in general. In the ranking of the best martial arts movies in the world, Ongbak deserves to be honored for the values that have been affirmed and accepted by the public.
Director: Prachya Pinkaew
Performer: Tony Jaa, Petchtai Wongkamlao, Pumwaree Yodkamol,…
Time: 1 hour 45 minutes.
IMDb Score: 7.2
The Protector (The Protector – 2005)
Guard is a Thai action film starring famous actor Tony Jaa. The film revolves around the life of Kham (Tony Jaa) and his family with the baby elephant he raised, one day Kham’s elephant was accidentally captured by an international Mafia gang when they were opening a war. During the ivory hunt, Kham’s beloved elephant was brought to Sydney, a place thousands of kilometers away from his homeland.
The only way that Kham can save his beloved animal is to embark on a journey to a foreign country. This is an extremely difficult task and even he will have to sacrifice his life when he has to confront the thugs in that Mafia gang. The journey to rescue the elephant begins here.
Director: Prachya Pinkaew
Performer: Tony Jaa, Nathan Jones, Xing Jin,…
Time: 1h 51 minutes
IMDb Score: 7.1
Fireball- Thai boxer
Fireball is a 2009 Thai martial arts action film. The film directed by Thanakorn Pongsuwan combines Muay Thai and basketball.
Tai, a young man arrested for the crime, is released from the hospital with the help of his twin brother Tan. After his release, he found Tan in a coma with severe injuries. Tan’s girlfriend, Pang, tells Tai that his brother has been involved in some risky business to raise money to fight Tai’s case. Tai feels guilty that his problems have brought trouble to his brother.
He then tracks down what happened to Tan, eventually leading him into illegal basketball gambling. Tai wants to find out who is behind this gamble and why his brother was knocked unconscious. He eventually joins the “Fireball” team, a team belonging to Hia Den whose players include Singha, Kay, Ik and Muek. To reveal the truth, Tai traded many things – possibly even his life.
Director: Thanakorn Pongsuwan
Performer: Preeti Barameeanat, Khanutra Chuchuaysuwan, Kumpanat Oungsoongnern,…
Time: 1h 34 minutes
IMDb Score: 5.1
Yamada: The Samurai of Ayothaya is a 2010 Thai action film directed by Nopyh Watin. The film has the participation of famous Muay Thai fighters.
Based on a real historical figure in the Ayothaya Era, the film depicts the life of Yamada Nagamasa, a Japanese adventurer who gained considerable influence in Thailand and became the governor of Nakhon Si Province. Thammarat in southern Thailand.
Director: Nopporn Watin
Performer: Buakaw Por, Pramuk, Saenchai Sor, Yodsanklai Fairtex,…
Time: 1h 40 minutes
IMDb Score: 6.0
Big Thai Boxer (2008)
Thailand is a country with a very developed film industry, compared to neighboring countries, there is no rival. They always know how to develop their strengths and popular movie lines with good investment and quality. The martial arts genre and mainly based on the well-known traditional martial art Muay Thai has always been given special attention. Big Hand Tai Chi or another name is Little Demon Somtum is a typical example.
The film tells the story of a man with foreign nationality learning Muay Thai martial arts, after learning he used it to solve the case of “stealing diamonds”. The film continuously appears extremely sharp and attractive action scenes, besides the humorous elements in the way of handling and the actors’ expressions, which gives everyone a feeling of suspense. both comfortable. This is considered one of the best comedy action movies of Thai cinema.
Director: Nontakorn Taweesuk
Performer: Dan Chupong, Kessarin Ektawatkul, Jason Fenton,…
Time: 1h 43 minutes
IMDb Score: 5.6
The Protector 2 – 2013
Tom Yum Goong 2, known in the US as The Protector 2, in the UK as Warrior King 2 and in Germany as Return of the Warrior. This is a 2013 Thai martial arts film directed by Prachya Pinkaew.
Kham (Tony Jaa) has returned to quiet village life with his elephant, Khon, back in Thailand. Job, an oddball who enjoys playing with electrical appliances, has lived in the village for a while and has earned the trust of the locals. Unbeknownst to Kham, he was an agent of an arms dealer called Mr. LC (RZA). As a fan of Kham’s exploits, LC had Job spy on Kham without his knowledge. Everything changes for Kham when a merchant, Suchart Vilawandei (Adinan Buntanaporn), wants to buy Khon, but Kham refuses to sell Khon. Suchart gave his business card to Kham in case he changed his mind.
While eating with the villagers, Kham sensed something was wrong and returned home to find Job had been beaten and Khon had been taken by Suchart. Using the business card Suchart gave him, Kham went to Suchart’s house to find answers but only discovered that Suchart had been killed shortly before. Suchart’s two granddaughters, boxers Ping-ping (Yanin “Jeeja” Vismitananda) and Sue-sue (Theerada Kittiseriprasert) arrive and believe Kham is responsible. The two attack him, but he evades and escapes, authorities are alerted and the police give chase.
While on the run from the law, Kham meets Mark, who fakes being assaulted and allows Kham to escape. They then secretly meet to learn more about the situation. Mark himself is in Thailand to work for Interpol investigating a recent terrorist plot related to peace talks between East Katana and West Katana in Bangkok.
Director: Prachya Pinkaew
Performer: Tony Jaa, RZA, Petchtai Wongkamlao,…
Time: 1h 44 minutes
IMDb Score: 5.3
Chocolate, also known as Zen, Warrior Inside, is a 2008 Thai martial arts film starring Yanin “Jeeja” Vismistananda in her film debut.
When Zin, the ex-girlfriend of a Thai gang boss, falls in love with Masashi, a Japanese gangster in Thailand, the boss banishes them: Masashi to Japan, and Zin, with their young daughter. Zen, to live next to a martial arts school. Zen is an autistic, with strangely quick reflexes. She watched fellow practitioners and Muay Thai films, absorbing every technique.
She is now a teenager, and her mother needs chemotherapy. Zin has adopted a chubby child, Moom, who looks after Zen. Moom finds a ledger listing business men who owe Zin money, he goes to them one by one to collect money to pay for Zin’s treatment. Zen, with his martial arts skills, becomes his executor. A quarrel with the boss is inevitable.
Director: Prachya Pinkaew
Performer: JeeJa Yanin, Hiroshi Abe, Pongpat Wachirabunjong,…
Time: 1h 50 minutes
IMDb Score: 7.0
Raging Phoenix (Angry Phoenix – 2009)
16389Raging Phoenix is a special 2009 Thai martial arts action film, bringing together the leading actors of Thai cinema: JeeJa Yanin, Roongtawan Jindasing, David Bueno. In particular, this is also a film that marks the return of JeeJa Yanin, an iconic action actress. Combined with new martial arts styles and love stories, it promises to be the ultimate action-romantic movie.
The film focuses mainly on the skills and personality of Deu – the female lead that JeeJa plays. This is the girl who was abandoned by everyone in the world, abandoned by her mother, abandoned by the band, and then passed away by her father. After that, she was kidnapped and fortunately she was rescued by a group of people whose relatives were also detained here.
Later, she studied martial arts and participated in the fight against rampant kidnapping. Raging Phoenix fuses her martial arts techniques with hip hop dance moves and many other elements to bring viewers the best, most engaging footage.
Director: Rashane Limtrakul
Performer: JeeJa Yanin, Kazu Patrick Tang, Nui Saendaeng,…
Time: 1h 52 minutes
IMDb Score: 6.1
Vengeance of an Assassin – 2014
Vengeance of an Assassin – Vengeance of an Assassin 2014 shows viewers that each killer has a story of their own, but all involve blood and loss. The film revolves around the life of an assassin, specializing in murder named Natee.
Due to an unfortunate, dark past that pushed him into crime, the great loss of his parents’ relatives turned him into an assassin who killed countless people. Instead of being an assassin for money, Natee has another purpose of finding out the truth about her family’s death. This is one of the hit movies of Thai cinema.
Director: Panna rittikrai
Performer: Nantawooti Boonrapsap, Dan Chupong, Kessarin Ektawatkul,…
Time: 1h 30 minutes
IMDb Score: 5.4
5 Heroic Hearts (Power Kids)
Power Kids is a 2009 Thai action film directed by Krissanapong Rachata. The film tells the story of a group of children teaming up to fight a terrorist group that captures the moments in the hospital before their friend is about to undergo surgery.
Power Kids was released in Thailand on March 5, 3. In its opening weekend, Power Kids was the fourth highest grossing film with $2009. The film grossed $54,715 in theaters in Thailand and grossed $97.836 worldwide. Power Kids had its North American premiere at the Fantasia Film Festival on July 259.677, 12. The film had its US premiere at ActionFest in 7.
The film premiered at the New York Asian Film Festival on July 3, 7. Power Kids was released on DVD and Blu-ray on June 2010, 8 in North America. Bonus features on the disc include short montages and short montages.
Directors: Krissanapong Rachata
Performer: Nantawooti Boonrapsap, Nawarat Techarathanaprasert, Sasisa Jindamanee,…
Time: 1h 17 minutes
IMDb Score: 5.7