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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(theatrical) | (international)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital EX

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

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. See more »

Goofs

During the bone-breaking scene, if you look carefully at those whose arms are broken, the hands are the wrong way around, so the elbow was actually bending normally. This is particularly apparent when Tony Jaa uses his knee on one guy's arm to break it. 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

References Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

Who I Really Am
Written by Stephen Robert Phillips and Tim P.
Performed by Bosshouse
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User Reviews

 
Jaa is amazing !!! The script on the other hand...........
7 December 2005 | by MerklinSee 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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