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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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Prachya Pinkaew

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Cast

Credited cast:
Tony Jaa ... Kham
Petchtai Wongkamlao ... Mark
Bongkoj Khongmalai Bongkoj Khongmalai ... Pla (as Bongkod Khongmalai)
Xing Jin Xing Jin ... Madame Rose (as Jin Xing)
Nathan Jones ... T.K. (as Nathan B. Jones)
Johnny Nguyen ... Johnny (as Johnny Tri Nguyen)
Lateef Crowder ... Capoeira Fighter
Jon Foo ... Wushu Fighter (as Jonathan Patrick Foo)
Damian de Montemas ... Vincent
David Asavanond David Asavanond ... Officer Rick (as David Chatchavan Asavanod)
Sotorn Rungruaeng Sotorn Rungruaeng ... Kham's Father
Amonphan Gongtragan Amonphan Gongtragan ... Goong
Nutdanai Kong Nutdanai Kong ... Kham (9 years old)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dean Alexandrou ... Vincent's Henchmen
Jintana Arromyen Jintana Arromyen ... Massage Girl
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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.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Official Sites:

TFM [France]

Country:

Thailand | USA | Hong Kong | France

Language:

Thai | English | Mandarin | Vietnamese

Release Date:

8 September 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Protector See more »

Filming Locations:

Australia See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

THB 200,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,034,180, 10 September 2006, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$11,905,519, 22 October 2006
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(theatrical) | (international)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital EX

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

"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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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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Alternate Versions

US version was cut by the distributor (The Weinstein Company) from 109 minutes to 81 minutes to 'tighten up' the film (which is frequently done with martial arts films owned by them). Additionally it has a new score by RZA. See more »

Connections

Followed by Tom yum goong 2 (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Bring It
Written by Stephen Robert Phillips and Tim P.
Performed by Bosshouse
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Forget the Flawed Story and Enjoy the Choreography
17 March 2007 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In Bangkok, the young Kham (Tony Jaa) 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 (Xing Jing), the leader of an international Thai mafia. With the support of the efficient Thai sergeant Mark (Petchtai Wongkamlao), who was involved in a conspiracy, Kham fights to rescue the animal from the mobsters.

"Tom Yum Goong" has a silly, flawed and absurd story, where gangsters do not use guns, but sticks, clubs, rollers, bicycles, motorcycles or whips. Further, they just fight in sequence against the hero, one by one, to have their arms and legs broken. The criminal Johnny simply vanishes without any further explanation. However, the choreography of the fights is amazing and very realistic, making this movie a worthwhile entertainment. Tony Jaa is probably the successor of Jackie Chan and Jet Li, and I believe this movie could be less "serious" and have more humor like in Jackie Chan's films. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "O Protetor" ("The Protector")


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