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The Protector (2005)

Tom yum goong (original title)
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.

Director:

Prachya Pinkaew

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Cast

Credited cast:
Tony Jaa ... Kham
Petchtai Wongkamlao 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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Taglines:

Vengeance knows no mercy.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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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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Company Credits

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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

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

Kham: Where the hell is my elephant?
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Connections

References Jaws (1975) See more »

Soundtracks

Who I Really Am
Written by Stephen Robert Phillips and Tim P.
Performed by Bosshouse
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Frequently Asked Questions

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User Reviews

 
Only reason this movie deserves a 5 is because it has Tony Jaa...
9 September 2006 | by kazryvSee all my reviews

Only reason I would give this movie a 5 is because Tony Jaa is pretty awesome, fight scenes with him are very enjoyable. The main reason I disliked the movie had to do with the way they did certain parts of it. Without going into too much detail, they had Thai actors lip syncing to English voices that were amazingly accent free. Movie would have been much better if the Thai actors had spoken bad English, the lip syncing was terrible. Many parts of the movie don't really make much sense, why would poachers take an elephant to Austrailia? But if you want to see Tony Jaa in some pretty cool fight scenes, then you might as well watch this movie. If you want to see a movie that makes sense then see something else.


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