In order to be a great martial art film, a movie just has to follow one rule: keep audiences entertained. Those films produced in Thailand manage to do just that, earning the praise of being home to some of the best martial arts movies. The films may lack a serious story-line, but the incredible choreography more than makes up for it all.
Narrowing down the movies to find the best is no easy task, but we came up with what we feel are the top five best Thai martial arts films. Each movie in our list features the enchanting choreography from the late famed director and martial artist Panna Rittikrai. His films used no CGI to show off each actor’s athletic prowess.
5. Born to Fight (2004)
This remake of the 1986 film bears little resemblance to it beyond a title. Nevertheless, it is just as action-packed and entertaining. It follows Deaw, a former Special Forces officer, on a journey to help a village along with his sister and other Olympic athletes. The visit turns into a nightmare as it’s taken over, and Deaw and the others must fight to save it.
The final village fight alone is enough to land this film on the list of best Thai martial arts movies. It’s an all-out brawl that keeps viewers on the edge of their seats.