The Protector

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Overview

On the eve of presenting a pair of prized elephants to the King of Thailand, a young martial arts expert and his father are shocked to discover that the beloved creatures were stolen by an international mafia syndicate, and now the determined fighter must travel to Australia to get his animals back in this adventure from the team behind the international action hit Ong Bak. To Kham (Tony Jaa) and his father, the elephants that they were about to present to the King of Thailand were not simply pets, but members of...
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Overview

On the eve of presenting a pair of prized elephants to the King of Thailand, a young martial arts expert and his father are shocked to discover that the beloved creatures were stolen by an international mafia syndicate, and now the determined fighter must travel to Australia to get his animals back in this adventure from the team behind the international action hit Ong Bak. To Kham (Tony Jaa) and his father, the elephants that they were about to present to the King of Thailand were not simply pets, but members of the family as well. When Kham learns that the criminals who stole his elephants have taken them back to their home base in Australia, the fearsome fighter vows to brave the strange new land and bring his animals back safely no matter what the cost. Upon arriving in Australia, Kham enlists the aid of Thai Police Sergeant Mark (Petchthai Wongkamlao) and pretty slave Pla (Bongkuch Kongmaili) in taking on down notorious crime boss Madame Rose (Jing Xing) and locating the animals he loves before it's too late.
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Special Features

Disc 1: ; Tony Jaa martial arts demonstration; Deleted fight scene; Making Tony Jaa; The director's guided tour; "8 Limbs" mobisode (a cell phone video); No wires attached: making The Protector; The Protector soundtrack promo; Feature commentary with Asian film expert Bey Logan; Theatrical trailer; Disc 2: ; Making Tom Yum Goong; Short films from the Take on Tony Jaa contest
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jeremy Wheeler
For his follow-up to Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior, Thai action star Tony Jaa steps it up to the next level with Tom-Yum-Goong, a rip-roaring fight fiesta that features some of the most stellar martial arts set pieces ever committed to celluloid. It's not surprising that the Asian market created a videogame based off of the film simply because the movie might as well be a live-action game in and of itself. Full of stages and bosses that are simply there for the hero to pummel, the flick's highlights include a five-story circular room fight that begins on the bottom floor and ends at the top, with Jaa brawling his way through each and every opponent that gets thrown at him. The scene is as classic as they come, with a one-shot steady cam following his every move in super smooth efficiency. Then there are the multiple helicopter stunts and the end fight featuring the man of the hour as he straps elephant bones to his arms for maximum brutality. Tony Jaa effectively takes the mantle with this one, making him the most exciting martial arts actor of his time. Released in America as The Protector with a shocking 81-minute running time, the film takes on a more best-of quality that skips past numerous subplots and straight to the action -- all to a rather ineffectual RZA score.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/16/2007
  • UPC: 796019797122
  • Original Release: 2006
  • Rating:

  • Source: Weinstein Company
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Time: 3:14:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 33,211

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tony Jaa To Kham
Petchtai Wongkamlao Sergeant Mark
Bongkoo Kongmalai Pla
Jin Xing Madame Rose
Tri Nguyen Johnny
Nathan Jones T K
Lateef Crowder Madame Rose's Lead Capoeira Fighter
Jonathan Patrick Foo Madame Rose's Lead Wu Shu Fighter
Amonphan Gongtragan Goong
Damian de Montemas Vincent
David Chatchavan Asavanod Officer Rick
Sotorn Rungruaeng Kham's Father
Winai Poonpermponsiri Fortune Teller
Nutdanai Kong Kham, 9 Years Old
John Sambataro Por Yai, Bull Elephant
John Lamond Jr. Chief Inspector John Lamond
Technical Credits
Prachya Pinkaew Director, Original Story, Producer
Zomkiat Ariyachaipanich Score Composer
Kongdej Jaturanrasmee Screenwriter
Akadech Kaewkot Art Director, Production Designer
Nattawut Kittikhun Cinematographer
Nuttawut Kittikun Cinematographer
Sasis Milindavanij Score Composer
Napalee Screenwriter
Ekabhume Nganchamang Costumes/Costume Designer, Sound/Sound Designer
RZA Score Composer
Marut Seelarcharoen Editor
Somsak Techaratanaprasert Executive Producer
Piyaros Thongdee Screenwriter
Napalee Pyaros Tongdee Screenwriter
Sukanya Vongsthapat Producer
Sita Vosbein Associate Producer
Joe Wannapin Screenwriter
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Dragon Dynasty, Vol. 3: The Protector - U.S. Theatrical Version
1. The Protectors [6:24]
2. Grand Theft Elephant [4:57]
3. Broken Faces & Boat Chases [3:59]
4. The Sydney Welcome Wagon [7:09]
5. Gangbuster [7:26]
6. Mud Bath Bloodbath [9:06]
7. Tom Yum Goong [10:32]
8. Family Business [3:48]
9. Fire Fight [6:36]
10. Reunion, Revenge [8:22]
11. Battle of the Behemoths [7:29]
12. A Hero/End Credits [7:27]
Disc #2 -- Dragon Dynasty, Vol. 3: The Protector - Uncut International Version
1. The Protectors [10:10]
2. Grand Theft Elephant [8:17]
3. Broken Faces & Boat Chases [4:55]
4. Sydney's Finest [9:20]
5. The Welcome Wagon [7:07]
6. Gangbuster [8:28]
7. Mud Bath Bloodbath [11:09]
8. Tom Yum Goong [6:49]
9. Face Off [6:27]
10. Family Business [5:54]
11. Fire Fight [6:53]
12. Reunion, Revenge [10:46]
13. Battle of the Behemoths [7:45]
14. A Hero/End Credits [6:21]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Dragon Dynasty, Vol. 3: The Protector - U.S. Theatrical Version
   Play Movie
   Scene Selection
   Set Up
      Audio Options
         English/Thai 5.1 Dolby Digital
         English/Thai 5.1 DTS
         English Dubbed 5.1 Dolby Digital
      Captions and Subtitles
         English
         English for the Hearing Impaired
         Spanish
         None
   Special Features
      Feature Commentary by Asian Film Expert Bey Logan: On
      Feature Commentary by Asian Film Expert Bey Logan: Off
      Deleted Fight Scene
      No Wires Attached: Making The Protector
      Making Tony Jaa
      The Director's Guided Tour: Stairwell Scene
      Tony Jaa Martial Arts Demonstration
         Play All
         Demo #1
         Demo #2
         Demo #3
         Demo #4
      "8 Limbs" Mobisode (A Cell Phone Video)
      The Protector Soundtrack Promotion
      Theatrical Trailer
Disc #2 -- Dragon Dynasty, Vol. 3: The Protector - Uncut International Version
   Play Movie
   Scene Selection
   Captions and Subtitles
      English
      None
   Special Features
      Making Tom Yum Goong
      Take on Tony Jaa Contest Winners
         FTrain, A Short Film by Airon Armstrong
         Lasershot, A Short Film by Niko Pueringer
         Prison Warz, A Short Film by Declan Mulvey & Vishnu
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Unique fight scenes

    The protagonist is intense, focused--and naive/idealistic. Unlike the other reviewer, I thought that the plot was poignant, particularly relevant to today's world.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome Action set!!

    Tony Jaa returns after his international hit "Ong Bak: The Warrior". The movie begins in Thailand where his elephant is stolen & taken to Australia. So, he goes to Australia to get his elephant back. I know, not a very realistic or good screenplay but it doesn't seem like the makers of the movie were that concerned with the story. Unlike "Ong Bak", they don't advertise that about not using any special effects. Although the story is not an exciting one, the movie provides many action sequences which will keep you entertained. Two main sequences stand (1)there is a 5-7 minutes of non-stop action in a mall & it is done in one-take, the camera follows Jaa's running back & forth punching & kicking the villains.It's a pretty amazing scene. Next is the final showdown where he fights abt 30 -40 villains & he keeps breaking their jaws, legs, backs, etc. Then, he fights these big Australian villains with elephant leg bones tied to his hand for hard hits. I only gave this movie 4 rating because the story is really cliche & cheap. If they could have come up with a better story, the movie would have done better business wise & also received better review. Jaa's acting has definitely improved as well but again, he is a action star & not a big deal. The movie is a must watch on DVD. I am looking forward to owning it.(In the US, it was released as "The Protector")

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