According to IMDB here are the top 10 movies. I think it was created by the popularity of the movies and if it was filmed in Thailand… not necessarily a Thai movie which is kind of misleading. Even hitting up the page Most Popular Thai-Language Feature Films it’s mostly non-Thai movies in the list.
BKO: Bangkok Knockout (2010) (โคตรสู้ โคตรโส) – GREAT MOVIE! Directed by Panna Rittikrai (the director of Born to Fight and fight coordinator in Ong-bak and Chocolate), a legend in Thai action cinema, “BKO: Bangkok Knockout” features a range of martial art disciplines. The story centers to a group of fight club pals whose styles vary from Muay Thai and Capoeira to Kung Fu and Tai Chi must fight for their lives when one of their friends is kidnapped. Release Date: December 16, 2010, Genre: Action, Drama, Duration: 1hr 30mins, Actors: Kietisak Udomnak, Pimchanok Leuwisetpaibul, Sorapong Chatree, Supaksorn Chaimongkol
Ong-bak (2003) (องค์บาก) – A sacred Buddha statuette called Ong Bak is stolen from a rural village and it soon becomes the task of a young man, Boonting (Phanom Yeeram), to track the thief down to Bangkok and reclaim the religious treasure. Along the way, Boonting must use his astounding athleticism and traditional Muay Thai skills to combat his adversaries. This is director Pracha Pinkaew’s attempt to create a true-blooded Thai martial arts action film. Release Date: January 31, 2003. Actors: Chatewut Watcharakhun, Mum Jokmok, Pumwaree Yodkamol, Rungrawee Barijindakul, Tony Ja, Wannakit Siriput
The Protector (2005) (48 ช.ม.สั่งตาย) – Jeff Conway is the best private investigator in the business. But with his bank account running low and his expensive lifestyle in need of some funding, Conway takes on an job investigating the ominous Dr. Ramsey. Ramsey is about to release a deadly virus into the atmosphere and only the wealthiest will be able to afford his antidote. Conway has 48 hours to find a cure, save his own life and fight Ramsey to the death.
Ong Bak 3 (2010) (องค์บาก 3) – I thought this movie was boring and a little silly. But anyway, the legend of Ong Bak 3 begins after Tien (Tony Jaa) has lost his fighting skills and his beloved step-father at the Garuda’s Wing cliff from the raid led by Jom Rachan.
Chocolate (2008) ช็อคโกแลต – Chocolate is a stunning action film and a debut of a young actress, Yanin Vismitananda, showing her veteran martial art skills in this film. The story focuses to Zen, a girl who is suffered from autistic syndrome, but a genius in fighting
Ong bak 2 (2008) (องค์บาก 2) – Set in the regal times of King Naresuan, Tony Jaa plays Tien, a man who was born into nobility but had it stripped from him after his parents were brutally murdered. During his childhood Tien learned Khon, a form of dance which is usually reserved for royalty. Although he didn’t know it yet, Khon would later prove to be an invaluable aide to him.
Red Eagle (In See Daeng)(อินทรีแดง) (2010) – Set in 2016, Bangkok is the city threatened by crimes, corruptions, and a deadly nuclear project that is about to begin. In the midst of the dismay, a mysterious hero called Red Eagle steps forward to eliminate the scoundrels. However, Red Eagle has to face his dangerous enemy Dark Devil, the elite killer hired to hunt him. Release Date: October 07, 2010. Actors: Ananda Everingham, Pornwut Sarasin, Wannasing Prasertkul, Yarinda Boonnak
Scorpion King: Battle for Redemption (2011)
I have no idea why this is in the top 10 really, but this film is a sequel to a prequel to a prequel of a sequel of a remake. That is, it is the sequel to the The Scorpion King: Rise of a Warrior, which is the prequel to The Scorpion King, which is a prequel to The Mummy Returns, which is a sequel to The Mummy which is a remake of The Mummy.
Shutter (2004) – The horror begins when Thun (Ananda Everingham), a young photographer and his girlfriend, Jane (Natthaweeranuch Thongmee) accidentally crash a woman by the street while driving a car. They decide to leave the dead woman and drive away. Later, Thun discovers an unexplained event when he finds a mysterious shadow appears on his photo.
The Eagle Path (2010) – Haunted by the past, his vengeance knows no limits. I don’t know why this made the list either. And top 10? Come on give me a break! The Director and Writer: Jean-Claude Van Damme and Stars: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Claudia Bassols and John Colton
My favorite movies so far have been:
Saranae Hen Pee (สาระแนเห็นผี) (also called SaRaNair Hen Pee)
It’s a great comedy and ghost story with a little love added in. Two friends pick a fight with an influential local bigwig in a pub and have to run for their lives. They are helped by a sexy dancer and together the three of them escape to the compound of a deserted temple. However it turns out they have have only escaped the frying pan to land in the fire as they are now surrounded by ghosts.
Little Thing Called Love (Sing Lek Lek Tee Reak Wa Rak… สิ่งเล็กๆที่เรียกว่ารัก)
I enjoyed this movie because it was a good “date movie” and had some comedy, romance, reminded me of the ‘first love’ feeling and memories of high school. In this movie a young and ordinary highschool girl has a big crush on a heartthrob senior at school. To make him see that she exists in his world, the girl tries to improve her physical look and attempts to become the star at school. However, her crush seems not to pay any attention to her yet. Release Date: August 12, 2010, Genre: Comedy, Romance. Actors: Mario Maurer, Peerawat Herabat, Pijittra Siriwetchapan, Pimchanok Leuwisetpaibul, Tukkie. And here’s a quick movie trailer:
What are some of your favorite movies and why? I’m always interested in watching good Thai movies!