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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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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Contains one of the longest no-cut fight scenes in movie history: the fight up floor after floor lasted four-plus minutes. See more »


At the end, when madame Rose lifts up with the helicopter, the landing site is clear of people, though in the previous and next scenes there were characters at the big "H" mark. See more »


Inspector Mark: And this is the main Asian market in downtown Sydney, most of the people here are Asian, you know? Chinese, Thai, Vietnam
[Laughs and begins to walk away]
Inspector Mark: Whoa whoa whoa whoa!... And Laos!
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Written by Stephen Robert Phillips and Tim P.
Performed by Bosshouse
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User Reviews

Awesome Muay Thai action with some good comic relief.
1 September 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie in Chiang Mai, Thailand the day it was released. Since I really enjoyed Ong Bak, which also starred Tony Jaa and Petchthai Wongkamlao, I knew this movie would be great. I was NOT disappointed! The action scenes with Tony Jaa are incredible and I believe he will likely continue to bring the Muay Thai style of fighting to the big screen worldwide. Wongkamlao (as inspector Mark) is HILARIOUS. If you don't get it, you just don't get it. He's kind of like Jackie Chan - if you don't think he's funny, you're just not going to like him. The story line is a little hokey, which is why I only gave it a 9 out of 10, but as far as Thai movies go, in this one the plot was above average. And it helps to understand the culture a little bit to understand why this guy (Kham) is so hung up on getting his elephant back. Either way, this movie has some great action scenes and some great comic relief, making it a "must see" in my book.

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