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The Protector (2005)

Tom yum goong (original title)
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A young fighter named Kham must go to Australia to retrieve his stolen elephant. With the help of a Thai-born Australian detective, Kham must take on all comers, including a gang led by an evil woman and her two deadly bodyguards.




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Credited cast:
Bongkoj Khongmalai ...
Pla (as Bongkod Khongmalai)
Xing Jin ...
Madame Rose (as Jin Xing)
T.K. (as Nathan B. Jones)
Johnny (as Johnny Tri Nguyen)
Wushu Fighter (as Jonathan Patrick Foo)
David Asavanond ...
Officer Rick (as David Chatchavan Asavanod)
Sotorn Rungruaeng ...
Amonphan Gongtragan ...
Nutdanai Kong ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Vincent's Henchmen
Jintana Arromyen ...
Massage Girl


In Bangkok, the young Kham was raised by his father in the jungle with elephants as members of their family. When his old elephant and the baby Kern are stolen by criminals, Kham finds that the animals were sent to Sidney. He travels to Australia, where he locates the baby elephant in a restaurant owned by the evil Madame Rose, the leader of an international Thai mafia. With the support of the efficient Thai sergeant Mark, who was involved in a conspiracy, Kham fights to rescue the animal from the mobsters. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Vengeance knows no mercy.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive strong violence and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

8 September 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Protector  »

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Box Office


THB 200,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$657,983 (Hong Kong) (12 August 2005)


$11,905,519 (USA) (20 October 2006)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


"Tom yum goong" is the name of a very popular dish in Thailand. It's a hot-sour soup (prepared with lemon grass) with shrimp. See more »


In the long-take brothel fight, Kham knocks a thug's head into a frame and glass shatters. However, the shattering glass is a CG effect and the reflection on the glass is still there. (This is due to an on-set mistake when the prop failed to break) See more »


Inspector Mark: [while chasing after Kham who's in a taxi, Mark looks at Officer Rick, who's driving, in a funny way] Stop here!
[Both get out of the car and switch places as Mark yells at Rick]
Inspector Mark: My grandmother drives faster than you! And she's dead!
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User Reviews

Jaa is amazing !!! The script on the other hand...........
7 December 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

As a coherent , well acted film tom yum goong is a failure.As an opportunity to see tony jaa completely and utterly destroy his opponents in the most awe inspiring and brutal ways possible, its a huge success! The action in tom yum goong is phenomenal to say the least - tony jaa proves that ong bak was no fluke!The part where jaa does battle with a gang of bikers and roller bladers is an exciting sequence , reminiscent of jackie chan in his police story days. The fight where he battles his way to the top floor of a restaurant in one continuous tracking shot, is a truly amazing piece of work that demands to be re-winded more than once .The fight that pits jaa against dozens of suited henchmen is a bone crunching, applause worthy spectacle that proves what ong bak fans already know- TONY JAA IS THE MAN !!!!! These fights are just some of a collection masterful action sequences .

As for the rest of the film...lets put it this way- if the action was no good then tom yum goong would be unwatchable. The action makes up for the moronic , near pointless plot . I know that we don't watch these sort of films for plot, but tom yum goong takes the cake with its "one man looking for his elephant" story!And don't get me started on the acting, particularly the lines spoken in English.Tony jaa needs to work with a decent script writer in future....

Weak on pretty much everything else except the fights , tom yum goong has Superior action and confirms that tony jaa is an amazing performer.

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