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The Protector (2005)
"Tom yum goong" (original title)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Drama  |  8 September 2006 (USA)
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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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Madame Rose (as Jin Xing)
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T.K. (as Nathan B. Jones)
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Officer Rick (as David Chatchavan Asavanod)
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Storyline

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.


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

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8 September 2006 (USA)  »

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Budget:

THB 200,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$5,034,180 (USA) (8 September 2006)

Gross:

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

According to the director on the special edition DVD, the continuous fight scene took five full takes for a variety of reasons, including stunt objects not breaking and the stunt mat not being in place in time. The five takes were filmed over a one-month period. See more »

Goofs

During the bone-breaking scene, Kham forces one of his foes into the splits by pushing the guy's leg up towards his body while upright. However, when the foe in question does his initial kick he does it with his right leg, then there's a cut and it's his left leg that Kham forces upwards. See more »

Quotes

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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Spin-off Tom yum goong: The game (2005) See more »

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Who I Really Am
Written by Stephen Robert Phillips and Tim P.
Performed by Bosshouse
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Another Great Action Flick from the same director Ong Bak
19 August 2005 | by (Hong Kong) – See all my reviews

The definition of Tom Yam Goong refers to the authentic Thai food which can be found anywhere in a Thai restaurant. But bear in mind that this movie has nothing to do with that.

I got a chance to watch this movie in Hong Kong. I was mesmerized by the great action scenes done by Yaanom Phenom (Tony Ja). Tony Ja plays a role of Kham, a character who pursed a gang that has kidnapped his elephants.

He fought with so many great fighters, which includes the BMX and the roller skate gang, Johnny, the Brazilian guy with cool kicks, the sword-man and those huge guys and of course the leader.

One of the few scenes i consider great are: the continuous fighting shot from the basement up to the higher level of the building (which was taken at one shot without editing and somewhat reminds me of Bruce Lee End of Game) and the bone crackling scenes with all the gangs! I honestly think if you are into martial art flicks, this is one of the best movie ever come out!


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