Born Warriors Collection

The Born Warriors trilogy is now available through our Amazon marketplace. The single disc Born Warriors Redux: Bound Fists, the 3 disc Born Warriors Special Edition and the new 4 disc Born Warriors Deluxe Edition are all available on DVD and Blu-ray.

Born Warriors: Deluxe Edition

The award-winning Born Warriors trilogy is the result of a groundbreaking personal odyssey to document the ancient fighting sport of Lethwei, which has survived in Myanmar despite decades of violence and government control.

This documentary series—shot over a ten-year period—follows the unique, indigenous bare-knuckle fighting sport as the fighters, trainers, and promoters survive the harsh control of a brutal military dictatorship and into the early years of a promising period of democratic reform that has fostered the rebirth of the sport.

Born Warriors is a unique testament that provides unprecedented access to a world and a sport rarely explored or seen outside of Myanmar.

Born Warriors

Disc One

In this first documentary, shot before Myanmar's era of democratic reform, we are taken into the world of bare-knuckle fighting that has mostly survived in rural villages; we witness the unbridled sacrifice and passion of a small group of promoters, fighters and trainers who attempt to keep the sport alive in the major cities in spite of an obvious lack of means and support.

Bonus Materials:

  • Training and Training Methods
  • Bouts from the Archives
  • Lethwei Yei

Running Time: 115 minutes

Born Warriors Redux

Disc Two

Born Warriors Redux returns to the indigenous Burmese sport of Lethwei as its practitioners grapple with an unusual series of challenges stemming from the opening of Myanmar to the outside world. Lethwei is an ancient bare-knuckle fighting sport that once prepared men for combat and served as a rite of passage into manhood. Today, the sport is a symbol of strength and athletic prowess for the people of Myanmar, who for decades have been beaten down and stripped of their pride and dignity by a brutal military dictatorship. This fascinating first-hand account of Lethwei was filmed in various locations throughout Myanmar.

Bonus Materials:

  • Training and Training Methods V2
  • Kayin New Year
  • Thingyan
  • Pagoda Festivals
  • End Notes

Running Time: 109 minutes

Born Warriors Redux: Bound Fists

Disc Three

Born Warriors Redux: Bound Fists offers unprecedented access and a unique arsenal of rare footage to probe the modern and ancient world of Lethwei and show how its deep cultural roots and traditions continue to echo and retain meaning in Myanmar's fast-changing world. This special Director's edition edit expands on and goes deeper into competitions in the rural arenas.

Bonus Materials:

  • Music
  • Mandalay Revisited
  • Lekka Moun Khat
  • Thut Ti: A Modern Paradigm
  • Shwe Methar Lethwei Club
  • Mundontha Redux

Running Time: 111 minutes

Bonus Disc

Disc Four

This Bonus Disc is only available on the 3 disc and 4 disc deluxe editions. This special presentation features the newly updated Born to Battle: Burma vs. Thailand documentary and the extended edits of Fight Day and Bouts from the Archives Part 2, which shows rare and unseen archive footage that immerses the viewer into the competitive world of Lethwei.

Running Time: 120 minutes


Born Warriors Redux: Bound Fists

Born Warriors Redux: Bound Fists is a special updated director’s cut that chronicles the ancient sport of Burmese Lethwei. The sport, also known as Burmese Boxing and Myanmar Traditional Boxing, is a unique indigenous bare-knuckle fighting tradition and one of the oldest combat sports practiced throughout Myanmar. The documentary focuses on the rural communities that have been the lifeblood of the sport since ancient times. It shows how the people in these communities have preserved the sport’s time-honored traditions while modern promoters try their best to sell it as a commodity to the people of Myanmar and the outside world.

Born Warriors Redux: Bound Fists offers unprecedented access and a unique arsenal of rare footage to probe the modern and ancient world of Lethwei and show how its deep cultural roots and traditions continue to echo and retain meaning in Myanmar’s fast-changing world.

Bonus Materials:

  • Music
  • Mandalay Revisited
  • Lekka Moun Khat
  • Thut Ti: A Modern Paradigm
  • Shwe Methar Lethwei Club
  • Mundontha Redux

Running Time: 111 minutes


Born Warriors Redux: Special Edition

Born Warriors

Disc One

The award-winning Born Warriors trilogy is the result of a groundbreaking personal odyssey to document the ancient fighting sport of Lethwei, which has survived in Myanmar despite decades of endless violence and government control. In this first documentary, shot before Myanmar’s era of democratic reform, we are taken into the world of bare-knuckle fighting that has mostly survived in rural villages; we witness the unbridled sacrifice and passion of a small group of promoters, fighters and trainers who attempt to keep the sport alive in the major cities in spite of an obvious lack of means and support.

Born Warriors is ultimately a unique testament that provides unprecedented access to a world and a sport rarely explored or seen.

Bonus Materials:

  • Training and Training Methods
  • Bouts from the Archives
  • Lethwei Yei

Running time: 115 minutes

Born Warriors Redux

Disc Two

Born Warriors Redux returns to the indigenous Burmese sport of Lethwei as its practitioners grapple with an unusual series of challenges stemming from the opening of Myanmar to the outside world. Lethwei is an ancient bare-knuckle fighting sport that once prepared men for combat and served as a rite of passage into manhood. Today, the sport is a symbol of strength and athletic prowess for the people of Myanmar, who for decades have been beaten down and stripped of their pride and dignity by a brutal military dictatorship. This fascinating first-hand account of Lethwei was filmed in various locations throughout Myanmar.

Bonus Materials:

  • Training and Training Methods V2
  • Kayin New Year
  • Thingyan
  • Pagoda Festivals
  • End Notes

Running time: 109 minutes

Born Warriors Special Edition

Bonus Disc

This special Born Warriors Bonus Disc features the newly updated Born to Battle: Burma vs. Thailand documentary and the extended edits of Fight Day and Bouts from the Archives V2, which include rare and unseen archived footage that immerses the viewer in the Lethwei world.

Running Time: 120 minutes


The original Born Warriors will only be available on the three and four-disc sets.

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