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(2005)

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Contains one of the longest no-cut fight scenes in movie history: the fight up floor after floor lasted four-plus minutes.
As with Tony Jaa previous films, no wires or stunt doubles were used during filming.
Tony Jaa has developed a new style of Muay Thai specially for the film: "Muay Kotchasan" is based on elephants' movements ("throw, stamp on, grab, break").
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.
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This is the first Thai film to be a "top ten film" at the American box office on its opening weekend, opening in fourth place.
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In most foreign releases of the film, references to Madame Rose being a kathoey (male-to-female transsexual) have been removed, in spite of the fact that the actress playing her (Jing Xing) is also a transsexual. Her survival at the end of the movie has also been cut, instead indicating that she is killed.
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The film took two years to make and used more than 600 rolls of film.
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The international rights of the film were sold before it even started shooting. This is first Thai film to have done so.
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"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.
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Three cameos: Tony Jaa's father appears at the Songkran scene; a Jackie Chan double in the airport, intended as a tribute to Jaa's idol; and Thai rock star Sek Loso appears prominently in the foreground in one scene drinking his trademark energy drink, which was tied up in a promotional relationship with the movie in Thailand.
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Thailand's Prime Minister Thaksin Shinnawat personally attended the premier of this movie in Bangkok, Thailand.
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