The Protector

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  • 5 stars for action, less for plot...
    I have to agree with others that it depends on how you look at this film. I love the none stop action and fight scenes, although it may be unrealistic in real life, the action is quite entertaining and the skills are out of this world. Considering the budget of the film, I personally enjoyed it. 5 stars for the action, 3 to 2 stars for the plot/story, etc. I have only watched disc 1, so watching disk 2 may give me some insight to the story. This makes a great addition to any martial arts collection......more info
  • By far the most mind-blowing martial arts film I've ever seen!
    Put simply: AAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!

    The action and stunt choreography will have your head spinning, so much that you may forget to notice the top-notch soundtrack and gorgeous cinematography, and the fact that all of the cast members deliver strong performances (a rarity in action films).

    The Protector is not only a riveting action film, it is also beautiful, with spirituality, humanity and respect for nature at its core. Even those who are not fans of action movies will be amazed at what they're seeing (no wires, no CGI, just pure human talent), and action fans will get such a charge that they may need to be put outside for a few hours afterward.


    This is like no martial arts movie you've ever seen. Tony Jaa and Prachya Pinkaew have done the world a favor by bringing the unique, spectacular (and, as often noted, brutal) Mui Thai kickboxing style to the screen. It's not enough to say that the bar has been raised. It's been kicked through the ceiling. If you are a fan of fighting movies, your absolutely cannot miss this one. Your jaw will drop, your eyes will pop out and you will howl with disbelief.

    Reviewers criticizing this movie for senseless violence need to go soak their heads and check what planet they're on. Of course it's violent!!! It's a marial arts film!!! Were you expecting Ralph Macchio? This is the real deal.

    I love Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan and Jet Li, but I promise, you've never seen anything like this. Tony Jaa is the future of martial arts cinema. ...more info
  • 2 great films under his belt....
    One word: Awesome. This film definitely surpasses Ong-Bak
    in the action department, despite the fact that not much Muay
    Thai is being used. If you thought Jaa showed us everything
    he could do in Ong-Bak, think again.

    The Protector(aka, 2005's Tom Yung Goong)is basically a movie about a
    guardian Muay Thai warrior in search of his missing elephants, although the American version has him both searching for his elephants and seeking revenge for his father's murder. His search takes him from his jungle homeland in Thailand to Australia and he is soon being sought after by the police due to a misunderstanding. There is also a devious plot set in motion by the owner of a restaurant which includes gang members, a police commisioner, mafia control and possibly world domination, who knows? All that matters is that the action is relentless and will at times have you cringing in pain for Jaa's victims. I was in awe with the new ways one can fracture and shatter the bones of about 30 to 40 men thus creating a symphony of bone-breaking sound effects. Jaa has few speaking lines and is basically a Thai terminator with one thing on his mind: regain ownership of his elephants and destroy any man or woman that gets in his way! He knows very little of the world he is in and has no concept of the social status of those in which he maims. This has to be the most violent martial arts film that I have seen in a long time.

    Tony Jaa is a unique blend of Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan and Jet
    Li and according to Jaa, those are the martial arts superstars
    that he set out to emulate. Well, he suceeded. Of course, he
    is still one of a kind. He has the power(Lee) rythym (Chan) and
    fuidity (Li) all weaved into his brutal art combined with the
    fact that he uses no wires and does all his own stunts to give the
    audience their next superstar. Jaa is also a superb gymnast, much like
    Chan, minus the comedy.

    This is a great 2-disc collection. It includes both versions of the film:
    The U.S. edited version and the original Thai version (An additional 17
    minutes of footage). In the U.S. version we get much improved music by
    hip-hop's Wu Tang Clan member "RZA". Also included are some great bonus
    features including "The Making Of Tony Jaa," "Deleted Fight Scenes" and
    several more.

    Jaa is currently working on Ong Bak 2, which he will star and
    direct. He has also stated that he would love to work in American
    movies and especially with Speilberg, which presumably will make him
    more mainstream. However, this could ruin Jaa, the same way it has
    with Chan and Li in their PG American kung-fu flicks. Both of
    whom thought it would be better to also do movies back overseas.

    If you have not seen Tony Jaa in action yet, then deprive yourself
    no longer....more info
  • I am not knocking this DVD!5 Stars for TOM YUM GOONG!!!1Star for the Protector.
    Quentin Tarantino should be ashamed of having his name on this butchered for US masses version of the brilliant martial arts epic Tom Yum Goong!
    The Protector is missing twenty-seven minutes of footage??? Anyone who calls this film the Protector is a loser! I am not knocking this DVD!
    The second disc has the full uncut(missing only the deleted fight scence from the first disc special features)version of this Thai Action CLASSIC(anyone who states otherwise should be drug out into the street and, well you should know)!Buy this great US DVD release, and only put in the first disc for the special features, or to mock the "BURGER KING" version of this flick. Hope this helps new Tony Jaa fans!...more info
  • Dragon Dynasty's release of The Protector AND Tom Yum Goong
    Director Prachya Pinkaew, action director Panna Rittikrai, and co-action director/star of the film Tony Jaa set out to make the most amazing stunt and fight filled movie ever and they achieve it. No doubt in some scenes you will just have a confused look on your face from the questionable story but it only leads to more and more fights. The storyline does have a few holes. One of the villians has a signal he can give to call on a gang of rollerbaders, skateboarders, and bike riders that will come to fight for him. It does make for a very fun scene including one stunt that has to be seen to be believed. Unlike 'Ong Bak' they take away most of the comedy and make this a very serious film. Tony Jaa will not win an Oscar but he plays his role very well showing intensity at all times. He also has the fighting skills to back up that mean face that he shows throughout the film.

    Tony Jaa plays Cam who grows up in a family that raises the King's royal elephants. At age 10 his family's 2 elephants have a baby and he grows up with the elephant and has great love for it. When the elephants are stolen and transported to Australia, we meet a transexual woman who is looking to steal them for her own evil purposes. This leads to spectacular fight after fight where Cam shows up saying "where are my elephants!". Now I would call this movie bone cracking and what I mean is Cam dislocates over 30 guys limbs in a single scene. So when he fights Nathan Jones who is about 7 foot and 350 pounds of solid muscle and has to fight 3 other guys that are also massive, I mean it when I say it is a bone cracking fight! Tony Jaa's skills are unmatched and the only downside is that his scenes are so physically laboring, we can only hope that he can keep up this incredible style he has for about 10 more years or so. There is real contact about around a hundred times both on stunts and on the good old punches and kicks. Some of the scenes are so amazing you won't be able to help but rewind right after they end like when Cam arrives at a restaurant looking for his elephants. He goes up a long staircase that winds around the whole interior. This is one of the greatest scenes ever filmed as he takes on about 50 guys one by one. He throws them off of the stairs, down the stairs, and throws them into every breakable item possible. The most amazing thing is that you will notice that the action director does not cut this 5 minute action sequence AT ALL. Not once. Could you imagine if somebody messed up just once, even in the middle of it? They would have to reshoot the whole thing. Of course they did have to shoot this scene again and again and it actually took an entire month to complete. The cinematography cannot fully be put into words of how truly great it made this scene. The intricacy of the choreography is mesmerizing. The level that the team of the directors and Tony Jaa are on is a new high. The amount of time and labor put into these scenes cannot be matched by any other action team. The fights are countless and as hard hitting as they can be but just to see actual styles like Thai boxing against capoiera was amazing. It actually was a unique Thai style called Elephant Boxing that they used in a lot of the fights. It is also amazing how Tony Jaa can can convince you he can overcome any style. 'Ong Bak' was great but this far exceeds it. Tony Jaa didn't really have any actual oppenents that could compete with him in 'Ong Bak' except for a guy on steroids. In 'Tom Yum Goong' he has a lot more challenges and more one on one fights. Just imagine 'Ong Bak' times 2, in everything. I can't even imagine how great their next project is going to be. It is a good movie but you will most likely pop it back many more times mainly to see the action. The scenes with the elephant were good(and bad) and it is a good representation of Thai culture, but this is a pure action film and easily one of the best of all time.

    While Jaa's movies are somewhat similiar to Jackie Chan's with Jaa playing the Energizer bunny seemingly being able to fight for hours at a time non stop, they both have their own style. Tony Jaa's fight scenes are absolutely on another level. There is about 100 times more action going on which also seperates it from Jackie's greatest modern day films. Jackie Chan has to be very proud there is someone else out there that is worthy enough to replace him. I just bet he wished it could have happened about 5-10 years from now.

    This is no doubt rightfully called the ultimate edition by Dragon Dynasty giving us both the US version and the original uncut Thai version-'Tom Yum Goong'. Just like 'Ong Bak', all of the scenes in the town of the people praying for things to get better gets cut out on The 'Protector' disc. Tony Jaa also has a very important prayer scene that gets cut out which actually explains why he shows up at a burning Buddhist temple. This movie is 110 minutes long and they needed to cut it down a little bit, but there is no reason they should have hacked and slashed it up 27 minutes like they did. When I refer to they I am of course referring to the Weinstein Company who has been ruining Asian martial arts movies for years, but now in their first 4 releases from their new company things continue to look extremely promising. You have to give them credit for at least giving us the unct version even though they did their own version('The Protector) which is cut up and has an all new soundtrack. Dragon Dynasty has 4 releases now and actually plans on bringing out a TON of new movies in the next year or two. We martial arts fans may actually get overloaded! Of course we just have to hope that things continue to get better with their releases or that they can at least stay on the same quality they have been so far. If they even come close to their first 4 releases they will be far and away the best martial arts DVD company around. Dragon Dynasty gets my thank you for releasing these movies and there are only 2 other companies where I buy their movies the day they come out without even looking at the title.

    Review of the DVDs.

    DISC 1-'The Protector'-after watching this in the movie theater(US version) and now after viewing it again I have to say that the movie still does not seem complete. We get absolutely no character development. I actually thought the replacement music by The RZA was pretty good. He shows serious talent in scoring a whole movie. Now after watching this uncut I would NEVER watch this version again. It doesn't even feel like an actual movie when comparing it to the real thing. They cut out most everything that helped it make sense. Cutting out all the dialogue that relates to the villian of the movie being a transexual is fine but there is still no need. If you only saw this in theaters like me you will have noticed how she doesn't look quite like a normal woman though she still does pull it off well. They even cut out brief parts of fights! So anyway, this is obviously not the version to watch.

    Special features-commentary with Hong Kong film expert Bey Logan. This is of course a Thai movie but he does show he still knows his stuff and did his homework in preperation for this commentary. He rattles off a thorough list of names that he is known for doing of every actor in the movie. Many good facts are given.

    The special features are truly as good as they get. Included is a deleted fight scene that would have gone towards the beginning of the movie.

    A making of fittingly titled 'No Wires Attached' with Hong Kong film expert Bey Logan and Wu Tang Clan's The Rza talking about this Thai action style and the people behind it and good interviews with them also. Tony Jaa talks a lot about his experiences on the film.

    'Making Tony Jaa' is a 7 minute featurette with the director(s) and star talking about Jaa loving action movies as a kid and how he became a star. They talk a lot about how they wanted his style to be unique and really standout. I never knew he was never a real martial arist and that he only learned movie techniques.

    'The Director's Guided Tour: The Stairwell Scene'- 35 minutes of exactly what the title says with the director discussing the different takes of the scene and we get to watch them all! I have to say that this is the most difficult extended action sequence I have ever seen bar none. One can only imagine how much time, skill, and energy was put into it and into the entire movie as a whole. You would think once would be hard but they had to do this scene 5 times!

    4 short promotional type of martial arts demos with Tony Jaa that I have never seen before.

    Then there is a weird comic book type music video.

    DISC 2-'Tom Yum Goong-ahhh', the way it is supposed to be. Thank you for releasing this movie in its entirety Dragon Dynasty. Having it widescreened with great sound and picture quality in it's original language and soundtrack is nice too.

    Special features-'The making of Tom Yum Goong'. 56 minutes long and the greatest special feature I can imagine. It is a comfortable sit down interview with the director, action director, and star of the movie discussing all the fight scenes and important fighters and other stuff while they and we also are watching behind the scenes footage. Even with padding you can see the stuntmen hurt after the scene cuts many times. This is what a bonus feature is supposed to be. Extremely informative.

    3 short films by amateur martial arts directors that obviously won some kind of contest to have their movies features on this DVD. 'F-train' is 3 minutes long and while not great, it is unique because of the fact it is on a moving subway train which would be exremely difficult to do and is illegal to shoot in the first place. 'Lasershot' is 6 minutes and is a good swordfight with some good dialogue in it. The ending will certainly leave you smiling. 'Prison Warz' is 8 minutes and by far the best. Awesome trick kicks and amazing stuff being pulled off. By far the best camera work also. A superb short film and a few people to seriously look out for.

    Well that is the best special edition martial arts DVD I have ever viewed. ...more info
  • Protect your wallet from The Protector
    If you like bad Asian action movie s and I mean BAD then Ong Bak II or The Protector is the movie for you. Tony Jaa stars as Cam, A jugernoaught or something. He basically is the guy in charge of protecting the elephants or something. I don't know. Anyway the dude dad gets shot, his elephant gets stolen, and then the dude thinks he's Bruce Lee.

    The Protector seriously lacks in plot. It also lacks in consistency, with characters being introduced for little or no reason. Some appearing and then disappearing almost immediately. There is a lot of this in dealing with Jaa's buddy, basically a carry over from Ong Bak but this time a policemen instead of a crook.

    Then there are the action scenes. If you like this movie it will be for the action scenes, and you probably eat paste. You probably eat a lot of paste. The action scenes in the movie vary from really awesome, to really stupid, but mostly the try to look cool without providing much substance. The biggest example of this is when Cam charges up a set of crazy stairs in a club. This action scene is supposed to be the longest uncut action sequence ever. As a consequence for this ambitious move, most of the shots and action here are really lame. People get like kneed in the stomach and die, over and over again. In short, even the most awesome scenes don't live up to basic standards. I haven't even mentioned the rediculous boat chase, which is one of the worst vehicle chase scenes ever.

    The Protector is one of those movies that you will pop in and pop out. Almost as bad as Pauline Shore is Dead. It gets 1.5 out of 5 stars. At 81 minutes it's really not worth your time, trust me. Its not Ong Bak!
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  • Simply the best
    Tony Jaa and company are setting the standards for action hands down.
    Watch and enjoy.
    Of course one must also catch Ong Bak if they've been living in a cave and his first film Spirited Killer which isnt as good(old school fighting) but has some awesome bonus features.
    Looking forward to his latest masterpiece!...more info
  • Don't watch the U.S. version
    Tarantino and co. have cut 30 minutes from the movie and ripped out its heart, in my opinion. The second DVD has the international version which is much better. Its sad to think that so many in the U.S. missed out on the movie and saw a hacked-up sequence of fight scenes.
    Easily top 5 for pure martial arts movies....more info
  • The Protector
    Briefly speaking,

    If you liked Tony Jaa in "Ong-Bak " you'll love
    "The Protector." The plots are cut from the
    same mold (in this movie, Jaa attempts
    to recover elephants, instead of a statue head,
    that were stolen from his village by ruthless criminals).
    The choreography is faster paced
    and more dynamic (and there's more of it!);
    once again showcasing Jaa's fantastic
    martial arts ability. Since the script
    and the acting are not on the high end of
    the cinema achievement scale, the producers
    were smart to put the emphasis on mindboggling
    stunts and martial arts choreography.

    This movie is great. I hope I'm not placing a
    jinx by saying Tony Jaa is destined to become
    a legend. He is the greatest martial artist
    we've seen on screen in many years.

    ...more info
  • Martial Arts Movies Lives On!!!
    From Bruce Lee to Jackie Chan to Jet Li and now to Tony Jaa.

    After looking at the thai version, Tom Yum Goong, i was completely blown away in every aspect. The chases, action sequences, choreography and mind blowing hand to hand combat were perfectly executed, oh there were some excellent choice of weapons thrown in the mix too---> ELEPHANT BONES!! DAMN! That is as original one can get. Also seeing that Jaa uses no fancy camera tricks, strings and things of that nature is even more impressive. This is as hi-impact, in terms of speed, strength and pure agression, a movie can get. Jaa has really learnt how to use his body efficiently and effectively given any circumstance. I like how he also shows he can adapt his unique Muay Thai Martial Arts to any opponents fighting style into counter offensive attacks. Kinda reminds you of Bruce huh.
    He says in an interview to expect even more originality and things no one even imagined before in his currentlty producing film ONG BAK 2 (which started filming in October2006). I have absolutely no reason to doubt the man and can't wait to see Ong Bak 2 and his follow up movies eg. SWORD.

    I see some critics on the net complaining that there is no story. DAMN! whats wrong with some people. It has enough of a story and combines very well with all the action. If you want stories well just go buy the shawshank redemption or forrest gump! and leave us people who like to have some fun as well!

    Soon as this DVD (The Protector) is released i'm buying it...tho i already have Tom Yum Goong on DVD..the movie is that good! I just want both versions... :)

    Mr Jaa. if you happened to read this keep on doing what you do best and don't stray from your style of movie making...IT WORKS!!!...keep up the impressive work and thanks for carrying on this genre of film. I don't have to keep watching my Bruce Lee collection over and over and over to get a taste of great martial arts, now i can look forward to your future projects. Hope you read info
  • Awesome
    I've noticed a disturbing trend in a number of these reviews: People are saying they didn't like this movie because of the lame plot. Do these people have any idea how insane this is? Who cares? People are getting spoiled, I guess, by all these expensive, arty, dramatic and well-acted martial arts movies that have been being released as of late, so now they can't appreciate a fun, old school and ludicrously-plotted stunner like "The Protector". (Or, more likely, they couldn't appreciate this kinda thing in the first place.) I haven't got anything against these fancy martial arts movies, mind you, but "The Protector" is a lot more fun than almost all of them, and letting the tired, thin plot get in the way of the spectacular fighting is just insane.

    The plot's like this: Some gangsters steal Tony Jaa's elephants, and he's gotta kill 'em all 'til he gets his damn elephants back. There's some subplots, yeah, but what'd I say about the plot not mattering. None of it matters in the least, or should matter, anyway. That said, I will admit that, in the international version, the story takes perhaps a bit too much screentime, particularly at the beginning. Occasionally it seems like the filmmakers forgot that the plot was to be ignored. Still, you never gotta wait around too long for it to get good, and damn does it get good.

    I guess the best thing to say is that if you enjoyed "Ong-Bak" I can't imagine that you wouldn't like "The Protector" as well. Jaa plays pretty much the same character he did in "Ong-Bak", being a naive, good-natured rural guy who happens to be a superhuman killing machine. It's a bit less stunt-intensive, on Jaa's part, anyway, but he still does plenty of amazing stuff, and the fights are even better then before. The fight in the restaurant is particularly renowned, and not without good reason. It's a 4 1/2 minute unbroken take as Jaa works his way up the stairs and takes out a few dozen opponents, and it would have to qualify as one of the most stunning action scenes I've ever seen. This is hardly the only standout, and we get plenty of other scenes that would put anything in most martial arts movies to shame: We've got the ultra-bizarre face off between Jaa and a pack of roller-blade clad goons wielding fluorescent lights; We've got him taking on pretty much the whole of the Australo-Thai mafia and breaking at least one limb on each of them; We've got him fighting a colossal, apparently invulnerable Australian dude in a burning, flooded temple. And it just goes on. The fights very pretty substantially in quality, but that's mostly because of how amazing the best ones are.

    Anyway, I've not got much else to say. Suffice to say, Tony Jaa is far beyond human and it'll be an absurd crime if he doesn't become far more popular in the States. Check it out.

    Grade: A- ...more info
  • Fantastic Tony Jaa Martial Arts Film
    The Protector follows on the heels of Tony Jaa's starmaking turn in the film Ong-Bak. The movie is similarly plotted, like the first involving a quest for an elephant, except in this film, the elephants are real as opposed to the Buddha statue that was the prize in the first film.

    Jaa is chasing two prized Thai elephants who were stolen by thieves who trade in exotic animals. As in Ong Bak, Jaa is the country boy who comes to the big city and is woefully out of place, but is an exceptionally good fighter. The man who played a con man in the first film is a policeman in The Protector, but the similarities don't really matter, because this is a movie for those who like martial arts movies. Jaa fights, punches, kicks, and breaks more joints than three Steven Seagal movies. The choreography is excellent, especially a three-to four minute, uncut sequence where Jaa fights all the way to the top floor of a multistory building.

    The Protector is a must for all martial arts movie fans.
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  • The flying knee had me crying with laughter!!!
    I'll make this short and sweet: About 15 or so minutes into this movie, Tony Jaa comes flying (literally) into the frame of the picture and delivers a knee to the face of some dude that was so phenomenal - seriously it had me re-winding and crying I was laughing so hard! Remember back in the day when Seagal would snap knees and various limbs on punks who wanted some? Tony Jaa brings it all back, but does it even BETTER!!

    Fantastic action movie and the carnage of limb-snapping that goes down at the end of the flick had me and everybody watching it laughing and moaning with imagined pain to the point we were hysterical!

    An awesome, hilarious night of action movie fun is to be had when you and your friends throw down with "The Protector". Elephants? Who cares!!! I wouldn't care if he was on a mission to retrieve his pet goldfish!! As long as breaks up people the way he does in this flick, you can't go wrong......more info
  • The REAL deal
    I don't know what can be said that hasn't been already. Explosive, fast-paced, and mind-bending stunts. Tony is the real deal. Born and raised in a rural area of Thailand, he is not someone who was brought up in the spot light. In fact, the story of The Protector actually has some roots in his own family history. Black Belt magazine did a great 2 part article on Tony, and he has a facinating story. But I digress... This film is amazing on many levels. Not just the ridiculous (in a good way)coreography, but the diversity in the fights. It is all different. From a fight with huge, hulking wrestler types, to the acrobatic wu-shu fighter, to taking on a room of 30 attackers. He transitions seamlessly, and breath-takingly (and I don't even think breath-takingly is a real term). This will impress you even if you are not a big martial arts fan. ...more info
  • Fantastic international version, hackjob American version
    What were you thinking Quentin Tarantino? The editing and redub of the American release turns this great Thai movie into cheesy trash. I watched the American version first and was really disappointed in the film. The editing was horrible and there was no plot or transitions from scene to scene. The action was great but the worthless score by the RZA, mixing amateur sounding techno with rock guitar took away the impact of the film. The original soundtrack is much better, more subtle and there was absolutely no reason to rescore the film, especially considering the results. And why did he redub every single Asian actor's voice with American sounding accents? Tarantino showed complete disrespect to the director, Prachya Pinkaew, and to American viewers with his treatment of this film.

    After my disappointment, I watched the international version. This one actually had a story, making the action so much more engaging. This is a story about a man who loves these elephants that he cares for like family; he even calls them his family. I can see why some reviewers scoffed at the idea that he would go to such great lengths for these elephants. From the American version it's hard to get a sense of how much he loves these animals, but watching the int. version his love for them is so apparent that the action is so much better because now we have a motivation that we can connect with.

    I was also shocked to see that Quentin Tarantino took liberties with the film's plot, completely changing the subtitles from what was actually being said into something he apparently made up. Why exclude the fact that the main villain was a transvestite? Why say that Cam's father died when he didn't? So many of these changes were pointless and ruined this movie.

    I recomend to anyone interested in this movie to watch the international version. That's the real version. The directors cut. Don't waste your time with the Tarantino hack job that's on disc one. In fact, save yourself some money and order the international version instead. ...more info
  • Warning this film...edited...perhaps...oblivion.
    5 stars on action, 1 star on plot.

    Well, the movie DOES start off promising enough. There are a group of people, known as Protectors, who raise and train elephants to be worthy of an Emperor's esteem. An Emperor with a perfect elephant steed would be invincible.

    The plot goes off well enough showing a young boy following an old man's teachings and love of elephants. Beyond that, we are dealt with the martial art's obligatory scene sequence When Someone Who Matters To Him Dies and/or Something That Matters To Him Was Stolen.

    Then the plot dissolves into an incomprehensible nightmare. Apparently, there is a woman...who either becomes a huge underworld queen...or a powerful CEO for a Thai restaurant franchise chain congolomerate. She stole the elephant.

    Yes, it's clear that the elephant was stolen, but how she came by it is a mystery.

    It's also a mystery how our hero begins on his quest for vengeance. Suddenly, after he quickly grieves over the loss of an elephant and his father, he breaks into a house. How did he know where to go? Didn't he spend about 95% of his life in the wilderness playing games with Dumbo? Isn't it more likely that he would have hit brick wall upon brick wall of dead ends of people too afraid to point him in the right direction?

    But I digress (as does the film). More importantly, he kicks plenty of booty. Then, he goes on to kick some more booty. A possible third party is involved in all of this. No explanations. But lots of booty kicking.

    [Spoiler] Then he discovers that his elephant has been made into a gaudy decoration worthy of an upmarket department store. He gets his booty kicked as he cries about it for 3 minutes. Then he kicks some SERIOUS booty.

    The action is intense and the stunts are incredible. I can only HOPE that this movie, in its currently horrific form, fell victim to a drunk editor who randomly spun the reels of film like the Wheel of Fortune and snipped whenever it stopped. It's the only explanation that I can fathom for this mess.

    ...more info
  • raw martial arts film witness it for yourself!!
    The movie is one of the most rawest action film i have ever seen in my life hands down. The action sequence is very realistic you can feel the pain and makes u say OH (....).
    The jumping knee crushing straight to yo face just doesnt get any better. You can also witness 360 kick like bruce lee in eneter dragon and guile's special move in street fighter. Tony Jaa can really execute his thai fighting skills very well that makes the fighting action as real as it can get. The fighting in the burning temple with water on the ground is just amazing, making the effect of the fight even more better with the flow and splashing of the water and the reflection of the fire from the water.

    The film is the story of tony jaa's relationship with the elephant and how they bond to each other. He is the protector of his elephant and when his elephant were kidnapped and sent to australia, thats when everyone involved of the crime has to pay the big price......

    An excellent realistic martial arts film with good touching story line. Higly recommended for the action heads like me....and i will so definetely check out ong bak after seeng this masterpiece........more info
  • Bad even for a Martial Arts Movie
    Let me start off by saying that I'm a big Martial Arts movie fan, and I also know that this means forgiving a little when it comes to depth and script.
    Having said that, this movie was BAD. The script was one par with a prono in terms of character developement, plot, and dialog; its simply existed as an excuse for fight scenes. Some of the fight scenes are good, like the one against a real capoeira style fighter, but others are just lame. The chorography is mediocre at best and there are times when you can tell the star is using no power. It looks like he's just pushing people around.

    Low points- So-so fighting, lame script, terrible dubbing, amateurish editing, lousy CGI graphics and college class-project level camera work. Also a serious abuse of slow motion.
    High Points- You don't see Mui Thai in too many martial arts movies or Capoeira, the lead actors STUNTS are pretty cool and a nice chance to bring Thai cinema to the world.
    Conclusion- Tony Jaa has a real future ahead of him if he can get a good script and lets someone else do the chorography. Rent it or watch it on cable. ...more info
  • Awesome flick
    Beautifully filmed. Awesome locations, cinematography, sound. The action choreography is just phenomenal. I've watched this movie many times. The only criticism is with the actors phonetically speaking English. It's obvious that they don't speak or understand a word of it....more info
  • Amazing
    Simple plot BUT great martial arts ACTION. People no one watches action movies for great plots..thats for suspense/thriller themes and even drama. Once again the fighting sequence was marvelous. Looking forward to more from Tony Jaa....more info
  • room for a lot of improvement....
    if youre going to have a great athlete for an action film, the film should be just as great. this wasnt. the acting was poor. tough guys didnt act or look like tough guys. most of the reactions to getting hit in the fights were sarcastic or exaggerated. the ideas were tacky and cliche. lets put in one capoeira guy, one wushu guy with a sword, one huge bald wrestler and last but not least, a woman with a whip? having different types of styles like that works in a mixed martial arts competition scenario or "game of death", not here. the woman with the whip was just bad and tasteless. speaking of tasteless, the entire scene with the bikers and rollerbladers was just ridiculous. these ideas should be left in an early 90s arcade game and never be reincarnated. most of the stair scene was too slow and mechanical. the knee to chest move was repetitive, like the zig zag up the wall move but not as overly used by other martial artists in movies. the bones tied to the arms at the end looked infantile, like bam bam rubble with his club, or those plastic hulk fists.

    ong bak was better. jaa is talented and should be in a film of quality....more info
  • Cool stunts, senseless violence.
    This movie had some of the more amazing stunts that I have seen in a long time. Further, it had a really awesome continuous action scene that lasted about 4 minutes following Jaa up a staircase. Having said this I found the movie rediculous. I am used to seeing martial arts movies where dumb henchmen get thier butts kicked but this is the most henchmen ever triumphed in one movie. It made it so unbelievable. No one even had a gun! Most movies, the guys have guns but people like Jackie Chan disarm them somehow. NO ONE.

    Then the premise of the film almost feels like sheer vengence. Tasteless vengence. There is this scene where I think 200 heads of lettuce were used (i.e. Jaa goes through this lavish joint breaking fight that got to be over the top). It all just seemed too much. Most martial arts films portray some idea of honor but I felt very little here. I guess I should fault the script for not setting this up better.

    In the end, if you want an action movie with stunning stunts and fights then watch it. If you want a little more from you martial arts movies then look elsewhere....more info
  • bad editing job
    This movie was a headache to watch. The sequences throughout the film aren't really smooth and consistent. I found myself saying "hey, wait a minute". I thought that maybe I wasn't paying attention to the movie but then quickly figured out that it was the "style" of the film.

    Plus, as a Deaf person, I found myself having to switch back and forth with the subtitles and captions. Some scenes are spoken in Thai, which are subtitled. However, once English is spoken, I had to switch to captions. Usually, the captions or subtitles will take care of everything...not this film.

    Anyways, this movie is about avenging the theft of royal elephants (and the death of one), which were raised for the king's service. So, Kham is sent to Australia to return the elephants. Simple plot.

    What I loved about this movie was the fight scenes. I found myself grimacing as I saw these scenes. I don't think I've ever seen one man fight against so many people...not even with Bruce Lee or Jackie Chan....more info
  • Prepare to get a good workout with that thumb and the rewind button on your remote
    lol. To the review from Elgin, TX.
    Quentin Tarantino didn't produce or direct the film.

    I found myself pausing this movie, rewinding back, and playing forward in slow-motion quite often. Tony Jaa is the real deal. Yes, the movie is real thin on plot. But which martial art films can you name on one hand that have a strong storyline? It'd be hard. But what's not hard is just sitting back and watching Tony Jaa do his magic. As other reviewers have already mentioned, the fight sequence inside the tower is amazing work. Perhaps the most beautiful scene in the movie. The film isn't short on fight sequences. I've got nothing really more to add than what the other reviewers have mentioned. If you love a good kick-butt martial art film with stunning choreography and action, I can guarantee you'll love this film. If not, you should probably rethink what your favourite movie genres are....more info
  • Culture, Universal Ideals, Action and Adventure
    This film has so many awesome qualities. First, my favorite, it has an introduction to traditional, rural Thai culture. Second, it pays homage to a whole range of universal ideals -- honor, courage, dependability, loyalty, tradition, etc. And last, but certainly not least, it has some of the most amazing stunts, fights and action sequences. It keeps the blood pumping to watch it. I love the traditional Muay Thai fighting style that characterizes Tony Jaa's movements. I especially LOVE the Capoeira techniques from traditional Brazilian martial arts in the scene in the temple. That fight sequence is truly divinely inspired -- not as combat, but as a art form of fluidity on par with ballet. It provides a showcase for Brazilian culture, fitness and art in a Thai movie. The world is coming together in the most remarkably beautiful ways and this film's presentation is an illustration of it. The fight scene where Tony uses his deceased "brother's" tusks is powerful.
    The random meanderings throughout Asia add spice to this already marvelously exotic and international imagery and my personal favorite is the Jackie Chan cameo in the airport. There is this moment in the film when Tony Jaa bumps someone and they just stare at each other for a moment. I felt impatient -- why is the film maker wasting my time on this total non-action, I thought. Then I gasped! It's JACKIE CHAN!!!! AHHHH!
    That small segment of the film just begs to inspire a film with all three great martial arts contemporary films stars of today -- the mature, but still hilarious Jackie Chan, the powerful, primal Tony Jaa and the sophisticated Jet Li. Not only must the three of them make a film together, we really must see a fight scene with Jet Li and Tony Jaa.
    I can't wait to see more TONY JAA! Great stuff....more info
  • The Protector (Two-Disc Collector's Edition)
    One of the best Kung-fu Karate movies ever, it is to the level of Bruce Lee movies. I highly recommend it, it's very entertaining....more info
    I have watched this movie countless times, both in Thai and english. The feats that Tony Jaa is capable of performing still blows my mind. I am almost tempted to question whether or not he should be classified as superhuman. What am I talking about??? Definitely SUPERHUMAN. FANTASTIC ACTION FLICK!!!!!...more info
  • Sad Face Happy
    Sad Face:

    I was really excited when I pre-ordered newest Tony Jaa set. Upon arrival the first disc was badly chipped and could not be played. I was very stunned over this because the neither the box nor jewel box appeared damaged. Nevertheless, the second disc was undamaged.

    Disc Two is terrific! Elegant elephants with a history of why they are so treasured by Thailand, and why their value is worth kidnapping adult and baby . . . The Protector travels to Australia in search of the kidnappers, and it is revealed that The Protector is like a one man army!
    The action is fierce.

    In time I think the film makers will bring Tony Jaa and Jet Li together . . ....more info

    Quentin just keeps dropping hit after hit after hit, and this film is no different. I can't believe that it has been so long since Quentin dabbled in this type of film, that of course being "HERO". This one being a little more on the modern side, but it does have one connection to another Tarantino film. That of course is that The Rza scored this film like he did on Tarantino's own "KIL BILL VOL.1". Rza did an excellent job on this film and gave the movie a more modern feel to it. Also on the production side Nuttawut Kittikun did an outstanding job as the DP, his cinematography is excellent especially the 4 minute long shot in the film. The fight sequences as well were breathtaking, star Tony Jaa and Panna Rittikrai choreographed some superb fight scenes. Director Prachya Pinkaew had an excellent vision for this film, and brought a whole new style to the film. The writers as well did an excellent job putting together a great story. With that said I would like to say that Tony Jaa is a breath of fresh air to the average martial arts film. He brings a whole new style to the film with a fighting style that I have never seen on film before. I can't wait to see more from this guy.

    This film has got to be a must have for any film fan out, anybody who likes this type of film in particular must get it. Mr. Tarantino is a film making genius as he keeps putting forth quality films to the public
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  • better than expected
    to me it was one of the best martial art films as far fetched as it was a lot of running, and action in 83 minutes...more info
  • worth the money
    This movie has a lot of action, and it also has a story. I really enjoyed it, the final fight scene had my daughter and I both in awe...repeatedly....more info
  • Bring on Ong-Bak 2
    Well filmed and excellently coreographed, The Protector has decent story (very similar to Ong Bak) and decent acting to make it an enjoyable film. But the fight scenes will have you grabbing for the remote control to rewind and rewind again.

    The story is once again of something stolen from a quiet village by a gang of criminals who have a master plan for some kind of evil in a larger city. In this case, the elephants that Tony Jaa's family have protected for generations are stolen for their use as luck talismans. As in the first movie, Jaa has to journey to the big city to fight the henchmen of this criminal gang. His sidekick is the same actor as Ong-Bak as well.

    But the choreography of the action scenes is second to none. There are many, but three stand out: the single-take shot of Jaa fighting his way up a seemingly never-ending circular staircase; Jaa vs. a Capoeria, swordsman and wrestler in a monestary, and the final fight, where Jaa takes on 50 fighters ala Bruce Lee, then finishes with fighting three huge brutes who are all twice his size.

    The fight between Jaa and Lateef Crowder (Capoeria fighter and gymnast extraordinaire) is one of the best filmed and coreographed fight sequences in recent film history.

    Ready for Ong-Bak 2!...more info
  • WARNING!!!!
    do not buy this movie!!!

    this is the crappy american cut of a wonderful film. In this cut, all the motivations of the character are editted out, because the suits thought Americans might not understand the deep love and friendship between a man and his elephant.

    Also, the wonderful last bit of voiceover that bokends the picture is gone.

    what you are looking for if you think you want this movie is TOM YUM GOONG. This is the REAL version of this movie. Do yourself a favor and get the real of this pic, and send the studio a message about crapping up quality films because they think the rest of america is a stupid or predjuduced as them.

    If amazon is out of TOM YUM GOONG, check out the Bay, as you can usually get a decent boot for around 15 bux. I did. Six times....more info
  • It's Entertaining And Bone Crushing
    Tony Jaa is a man that has a big heart and stays true to his background even in a fictional film. Like in Ong Bak Jaa must save something but this time it is two elephants that to him are family. He plays Kham and his character is very similar to the one in Ong Bak. Jaa said that he raises elephants at his home and even used his own elephants in the film. They're very important in Thai history as shown in the film. The story is simple but not short and nothing spectacular but if you know Tony Jaa you know that his fight sequences are far from simple and will overpower the story.

    Tony Jaa has made two incredible films with this and Ong Bak. How could you give a film with such beautifully done stunts a rating below 5 stars? For some reason Tony Jaa has received a tremendous amount of haters after releasing this masterpiece The Protector and the crazy thing is when I was in the theater everyone was cheering for the film. I'm not really even sure as to why people are even bothering to watch the film then review it if they absolutely hate it; obviously those guys have nothing else better to do. The points for giving the film such low ratings were totally overblown. The Protector is so good that I'm willing to take the 10 bad votes I'm probably going to get for this review. The picture is much better than the one in Ong Bak and so is the sound. Even better Tony brings new and improved moves to the table and executes them with perfection. He has this new thing where he turns his opponents bones into more bones. One guy to look out for is Lateef Crowder who uses Capoeira, he's a beast but his fight with Tony is cut short because he suffered an injury to his achilles.

    Tony Jaa made it clear of what he was and his capabilities in Ong Bak. You know that there are no wires attached, no CGI, no stunt doubles and all that great stuff. It's clear as day that Tony Jaa is a man that attracts people to his films with his martial arts skills and not only that but also open the world to the Thai culture and Thai fighting. He says these things all the time in his interviews. My question to the other reviewers that bashed the film is what were you expecting from this film when you saw the preview? If you saw Ong Bak and hated it then why are you coming back for more? The point I'm trying to make is this film is obviously an action film so why would someone rent or buy this DVD believing anything different. The DVD cover has " The Best All Out Action Film Of The Year" tattooed on it. Usually action films lack in other elements so this is nothing new and expecting it to have some amazing plot twist or being a tear jerker is crazy.

    For an action movie the plot was great and the acting was ok. You could feel that Jaa was in pain because of the importance of the elephant to him and that he would stop at nothing to get them back. The two DVD's are great because the cut of The Protector on the first DVD sucks but you get tons of extras including the making of the film. On the second disc you get a much better cut of the film without the English dubbing but only a few extras and you get both disc so this is a great deal. If you want to see an amazingly entertaining film filled with raw action then get this but if you're looking for a great film with great acting then look up the Oscar winners and their films....more info
  • Jaa does it again! Only BIGGER!
    Wow, this guy just gets better and better. I was worried 20 minutes or so into the movie as there'd been no action to speak of -- what an idiot! Just like in Ong Bak, there's a slow build up and then it's just 80+ minutes or so of pure butt-kicking action.

    The fight in the temple is superb. The pre-finale battle with the joint breaking is incredible. But!!! The staircase scene. Oh, man! Can this boy fight or what! Initially I wondered what the hell was going on as some of the action is off-screen - dumb of what, this is an action film, SHOW THE ACTION. Yeah, like second time I was an idiot. Then you realise the entire, extended fight scene is shot entirely in one take using one camera - hence some strange angles. WOW! That really puts this guy in perspective. Look at some of our western movie 'heros' - take Matt Damon in all the Borne movies. The tiniest bit of hand-to-hand fighting and there's hundreds of camera shots and an editing frenzy like the editor's tripping. Why? Because Damon can't fight, so they make up for it with 'slick' photography. Stick Tony Jaa in a room with one camera and 20 bad guys and watch this guy burn every last one - one take, one angle, NO TRICKS.

    Jaa is a phenomena. Has to be seen to be believed. And with the subject matter - while it might seem sappy to some, it looks like the guy actually might have heart too. Can't wait for his next movie. ...more info
  • more action. less talk.
    Some say 5 stars some say 1 star. It all depends how you look at this film. As an overall good movie, even an all around good action movie, the Protector lacks in many many areas. But if you are like me and sometimes need to sit down to an all out action fest that doesn't have an involved story that hurts your thinking processes after a long day at work, pull up the chair and be prepared to be blown away by non-stop action.

    The Protector does however contain an emotionally involved story, very original to some who are not familiar with Thai culture. Unfortunately, disc one of this 2 dvd set (the US dubbed version) cuts out 27 minutes of the film that explains the love between elephants and their "Protectors". Disc 2, the Thai version without a dubbed option, does contain these extra 27 minutes. But as mentioned before, the dubbed version is the all out action fest, nearly doubling the action of Tony Jaa's previous and first film, Ong Bak.

    The action - where do I even begin. Well the movie introduces us to the connection between villagers and their elephants, including Kham's (Tony Jaa) childhood to present. It doesn't take long for the conflict in the movie to unfold and so it begins from there. One on one fights, boat chase, car chase, one on 50 fight, against 4 wrestlers, and the list goes on for Tony Jaa action scenes. My fav has to be the scene in the temple, which is slightly on fire and the floor is covered with a layer of water. It looks beautiful for a fight stage and is reminescent of the fight scene between Jet Li and Mark Dacascos in Cradle 2 the Grave. Kham fights a highly skilled caporeia fighter, a real treat for martial art movies lovers, for there really aren't many movies that show off this beautiful martial art. The fights is gorgeous and very well choreographed. I also enjoyed Tony Jaa fighting T.K. (Nathan Jones - same guy Brad Pitt went up against in the very beginning of Troy).

    There's no doubt about it - if you want raw martial arts action that is never-ending, this is one of the best action movies ever. If you enjoyed Ong Bak, Protector is even better. Tony Jaa, keep em comin....more info
  • As good as it gets
    This is about as good as it gets folks. Jaa is now considered one of the greatest martial arts stars in the world, and this film proves that he deserves it.

    So anyway, just how many human lives is an elephant's worth? Three hundred! No, all kidding aside, this movie really does play on the amazing psychological fact that many people find it extremely sad to see an animal die onscreen, but will not even flinch when presented with images of human death. In Tom Yum Goong, or, a.k.a. Ong Bak 2, Tony Jaa kills many and maims even more in search of his family's elephants. Maybe however, just maybe, an elephant is worth 300 human lives, even more perhaps, if all of those people were scum.

    The film is about a rural Thai boy who grew up with his father and two elephants, Kan and Bobo. Elephants, in Thailand, were treated as members of the family, much like many Americans treat dogs members of theirs. When he is grown, and a Muay Boran master (see below), these elephants are abducted by poachers, one for an underground "endangered species restaurant," and the other for, well, you'll just have to watch. "Tom Yum Goong," (a.k.a. "The Protector--a generic American title) aside from being the name of a traditional Thai soup with shrimp, mushrooms, and lemongrass, is in the film the name of a restaurant. The film is also called Ong Bak 2, though whether Tony Jaa is actually playing the same character from the first film seems unlikely. That character was named Ting and seemed to have lived in a different village; this character does not seem to be named Ting.

    So, how does "Ong Bak 2" stack up to the original? Well, surprise, surprise, it's better. In fact, it's better by far! Aside from some somewhat seemingly random editing choices in scene transition, and aside from the fact that the person who wrote the English subtitles for this DVD release really cannot speak English all that well, Ong Bak 2 will NOT disappoint any martial arts fan. After the first half hour of the film there is literally a fight scene about every ten minutes, several of which involve Tony Jaa going up against 20 to 30 opponents at once. Bruce Lee did it in The Chinese Connection, Jet Li did it in Kiss of the Dragon, so hey, why can't Tony Jaa? Ong Bak 2 gives us a departure from some of the high-flying shenanigans seen in the first film, and instead gives us an even more brutal style of fighting, in which Jaa frequently relies on wrist locks and arm bars to quickly break the limbs of his multiple adversaries. As in all such scenes, there is a little too much of opponents standing around and just "waiting to be hit" (in a real fight all of the opponents would just bum rush in unison and the fight would be over), but oh well. The final such fight is really more of a chance for Jaa to display amazing move after move on a large group of unfortuates, as they conveniently attack one by one. With each new opponent he shows us another arm bar, or wrist lock, showing method after method for disarming adversaries and dislocating joints.

    Fans of genuine martial arts forms will delight in this film, which is truly one of the greatest martial arts films in history. Jaa displays excellent technique, showing the viewer an endless array of fascinating and devastatingly effective moves. Fans of wrist locks and throws, similar to those found in aikido and in Seagal films, will truly be in hog heaven.

    It must be added, so that fans of the film don't start flocking out and studying "Muay Thai" thinking they will be learning Jaa's martial art, that many critics, writing about Ong Bak I, state that Jaa is a Muay Thai master. He doubtlessly is, but this statement is misleading. Muay Thai is a sport that is more similar to boxing than the martial arts displayed in Jaa's films. What Jaa is practicing is a much older martial art called Muay Boran, which is an older form of Muay Thai. It could be said even that Muay Thai is the "sport version" of Muay Boran, which was practiced by soldiers as a means of still fighting effectively after they had lost their weapons. Many of the moves in Muay Boran are illegal in Muay Thai competitions, and it is actually very, very difficult to even find anyone today (even in Thailand) who teaches Muay Boran. Many schools that claim to teach Muay Boran are really only teaching Muay Thai and claiming otherwise in order to attract students!

    In conclusion, prior to seeing the Ong Bak films, I had no idea that that Thai martial arts were so complex, and Jaa is truly a master of this art. Check it out. The fights are brutal, mostly very realistic, and aplenty. Jaa breaks about 400 arms in this film, and slams his knee into about 200 people, not to mention just about "out-Channing" Jackie Chan in a couple of amazing chases!
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  • Tony Jaa does it again
    I totally enjoyed this martial arts movie. I first saw Tony Jaa in Ong-Bak
    and I was blown away at his skills. He does not dissapoint in The Protector. This movie has a great story line, and the number of breaking arms in the one scene is the best.
    I hope he becomes more noticed in the U.S. Muay Thai is an amazing type of martial arts....more info
  • Best martial arts action since Bruce have to see it believe it
    Comparing this to Bruce Lee films, this movie could of replaced "The Game Of Death", as the final film worthy of anything close to Bruce's work.

    Its jaw dropping. And Tony Jaa is actually, literally doing every move you see him doing in the movie. No wires, no CGI. He is a very special individual, who is definatly his own person.

    The movie is to be watched for fun. This is classic martial arts moviedom...not just a bunch of laughable "high art" the likes of "HERO".

    If anyone loved Bruce Lee's movies, like The Big Boss, or The Chinese Connection, or Fist Of Fury, this movie "The Protector" , i believe, would of made Bruce Lee proud.

    Tony Jaa is the closest one ive ever witnessed to even carry honorable or deserved comparison to the greatness that Bruce Lee performed on film.

    He is the next great martial arts super star of the big screen.

    This is a classic. And is done in pretty good taste. And is lots and lots of fun. I was very impressed and inspired after seeing this film.

    It is Thailands turn to show the world what theyve got.
    And what theyve got is the greatest martial art star since Bruce Lee himself....

    ...TONY JAA.

    Ya gotta see it to believe it!...more info
  • Tom Yum Goong
    Kham (Tony Jaa) grew up raising elephants with his father. In old custom, elephants were raised to carry the king into battle, so having your elephant chosen was a great honor. Upon taking their best bull to be judged along with the baby, Kham is distracted and his elephants are stolen. They are taken to Austrailia where they are caged to be later prepared as a feast along with other rare creatures.

    The story of the film is not the it's problem. Obviously, the premise is very similar to another successful film called Ong-bak. However, the scenes are incredibly disjointed and confusing. There is a secondary story with a girl who houses Kham after he is attacked, but it leads nowhere. Also, some of the movie is done with subtitles, but some of it is dubbed, making it confusing.

    Some might have been misled by Quentin Tarantino's name on the front. It seems he only had a hand in bringing this film to America. However, he is a fan of martial arts movies and it seems they might have been influenced by his work as well. The long fight scene on the staircase brings up images of Kill Bill. ...more info
  • Tony Jaa and The Knees of Doom!!!!!
    As a martial artist who has studied both Tae Kwan Do, Shotokahn, and Goju style karate. I am utterly and completed floored with the amount of action in this film. Yes, for those of you who want to know, it does resemble the average martial arts revenge flick. However watching Tony Jaa and those FLYING KNEES is well worth it. His strikes, arm bars, breaks, and dynamic kicks are well worth $19.99. There was only one fight scene that I did not like but that is pretty much the case with all martial arts flicks. I look forward to many more films by Tony Jaa....more info
  • Great Movie
    I was hesitant to watch this at first, as Quentin Tarrintino rarely makes a movie I can stand from start to finish, however I soon found out that this is NOT a Tarrintino movie, he is just presenting it to help it be seen around the world.

    The story is about a man from Thailand who is raised on martial arts and with elephants. Th eelephants are not pets, they are like his family, in which he does refer to them as his brothers.

    They take the elephents to two elephants to town one day, and the 2 elephants are kidnapped and taken to Australia by the bad guys. The guys father is killed, so he goes to Australia to find his elephants.

    It may not sound like much of a plot, but the action and martial arts in this movie would leave Jackie Chan speechless. There are no wires, no blue screen, and no fake stunts here, everything you see is really happening from the actor (physical anyway, not explosions and an elephant walking down Sydney tho)

    Overall I can't say much other then this was a pleasant surprise to find. I'm not much into martial arts films, but this one certainly is like no other. It has it's kind of lame moments, but what movie doesn't, i'd highly recommend anyone even slightly interested here to at least rent this film and check it out. ...more info
  • Perfect...
    Product was exactly as described. Flawless transaction, best Martial Arts movie ever!

    Thanks....more info
  • best action
    Have to say the story is not very good (dump!!!) However, you can just watch it with out audio and still having a great time.
    Tony Jaa used to be a stunt man for many movies including "Mortal Kombat". Therefore, he did all by himself and did not use any stunt man. That was amazing to see human being and do all that without anyhelp from hollywood technology.
    I must say that I like "ONG BAK" better. Hopefully "ONG BAK II" will be out to the USA (Ong Bak (part I) did not??!!...more info
  • Tony Jaa Is Back with Faster and Deadlier Actions
    Not to be confused with 1985 Jackie Chan film of the same name. The following review is about the original 108 minute version of "The Protector" starring Tony Jaa.

    "The Protector" (also known as "Tom Yum Goong" meaning a hot Thai soup) is Tony Jaa's new martial action film produced with more ambition and budget than his previous "Ong-Bak." I don't know whether or not you like this change, but Jaa's new film is surely more violent than "Ong-Bak" and his amazing actions based on Thai martial arts Muay Thai become deadlier than before.

    The story is slightly similar to that of "Ong-Bak." Tony Jaa is Kham, a fighter living with his father and elephants in a peaceful village in Thailand. It is decided that one of the elephants is sent to the King of Thailand as tribute (which is a great honor), but thugs attack Kham's father and steal the elephants and send them away to Australia.

    The rest of the film consists of familiar but effective set-pieces. You will see plenty of Tony Jaa's amazing actions with the fighters sent from the crime syndicate in Sydney, and comic relief from local police officer Mark (Petchtai Wongkamlao, also seen in "Ong-Bak"). Compared with "Ong-Bak" this film contains some potentially serious topics like smuggling of endangered species or prostitution, but the film does not try to explore these social issues too much, which could have made the film too depressing.

    One of the greatest achievements of "The Protector" is that it shows (probably) the longest action sequence in one continuous shot. It starts on the first floor of a Thai restraint and lasts about 4 minutes. During this deftly coordinated non-stop action scene Tony Jaa's character running up the spiral staircase keeps fighting, knocking out every hapless thug he encounters on his way. Another fantastic stunt can be seen at the end, where about 50 or more henchmen attack Jaa in a slightly "Matrix"-influenced fashion. There Jaa shows 50 different ways of breaking his enemy's bones.

    And there is more to come - his bone-crunching battles with Nathan Jones, and wonderful Capoeira fighter Lateef Crowder are among them. The only reason I didn't give five stars is the overuse of guns in several scenes, but as a whole this is a dazzling action film that proves Tony Jaa is a real thing....more info
  • Absolutely phenomenal fight scenes!
    The fight scenes in 'The Protector' are absolutely amazing! I'll just repeat what everyone is saying: the continuous shot of Jaa going up the spiral stairs in the restaurant is without doubt the best martial arts fight scene I have ever viewed. The scene is so amazing because it solves the key challenge of martial arts films: the fact that they have to do cut-to's and slo-mo's just so you can see what's happening. The approach in this scene and Jaa's athleticism allow you to feel like you are really right there watching him totally kick ***. I can't say enough about this scene, and there are plenty of other amazing fights as well.

    Most of the reviews claim the plot of 'The Protector' is too thin, but I disagree somewhat. I saw the international release and, if anything, I think the plot tries to do too much. There are so many characters and subplots that the film has no time to develop them and things come off a little convoluted and half-baked.

    For example, why did Johnny want to please Rose so much? Was he in love with her? Why'd he kill the white guy she was mashing with instead of the Thai cop? Why does the call girl help Jaa? Why does the cop let the crackhead go? Dropping a few characters and subplots would have given the movie more time to build key characters, and that would have helped.

    There's probably also subtext in the movie that partially escapes me since I do not entirely understand the significance of elephants. The voice over at the end mentions they are a national symbol of Thailand. If so, then there's definitely a lot of imagery in the film relating to them (they save Jaa's character in a very surprising way). However, I have no idea if it's a good subtext about traditions and national pride or if it's just overwrought histrionics.

    In the end, if you like martial arts films, then this is a must see. If you require a great plot, then this one will dissapoint a bit as the story is too scattered to have maximum impact. But one thing is for sure: when Jaa is doing his thing, 'The Protector' is pure martial arts magic.

    PS: Hats off to the sound effects people! The sound of bones breaking in this movie is used really well. Pretty high ick factor in a couple scenes. Loved it!...more info
  • Good old Fashioned foreign fight film.
    A note to those who want to smash every movie that in their eyes 'lacks a plot'. I hope that none of you ever have any control over any kind of entertainment or anything else in the world. If you look at the world you can see what problems complexity has spurned.

    Tony Jaa is a world class martial artist. And he uses 'real' Muay Thai unlike a lot of the American martial arts films(other than Chuck Norris who is actually pretty good.) A classic story of honor, love and revenge. Three prime motivators of strong human action. The plot was excellent. The action scenes were top notch. If Jaa outdoes this movie then he is truly great indeed.
    Lifetime Collection.
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  • Tony Jaa has all the moves!
    The Protector is a great action film. If you like hardcore action and stunts, this is the moive for you. Please see the original Thai version of the film. ...more info
  • Too many special effects
    Poor story line and acting but I'm not complaining about that. This is an action movie and it delivers the fight sceens...sort of. I expected hard hitting action like I saw in Ong Bak.

    This movie had a bigger budget and they moved away from the format that made Ong Bak great. It's less gritty and they tried to make it look like it was produced in Hollywood but they failed. Instead of looking slick it seems overdone. I mean really, cgi? It made the action cheesy.

    They ruined the fight scenes which is the only reason to see the movie....more info
  • Just a comment about another review for this film...
    Just wanted to comment on the 1 star review by Zachary A. Anderson "Iconoclast". Zach says that the film is the US cut version. This is only partially true, as the stats of extras on the dvd state clearly that there is both the US cut version as well as the longer UNCUT Thai version as well on the same disc (or is it two discs?). I guess once I get my hands on it tomorrow I'll be able to confirm this.

    So I've put in a 5 star review to sort counter balance the one star rating. In reality, I'd give the film about 3 1/2 perhaps 4 stars. I have a slight preference to one of Jaa's previous films, Ong Bak. Perhaps only because it was the first time I saw him in action. Great film overall though!

    NOTE: this is not to meant to be a knock on "Iconoclast". I DEFINITELY want to know when I'm getting a "MiramAXE'd" version of any film, foreign or otherwise. Thanks for the possible warning Icono, even if it was inaccurate....more info
  • Another Movie I'm Drawn On...
    I can't give this a 5. I am a person who is interested in movie plots, and the plot for this movie was ridiculous! All of this over a elephant? LMAO. That's all I could think as I watched this. And while the action was pretty good, I think this movie went overboard with it. This movie was one long fight scene to me. You mean to tell me one person can take on 30 people AT ONE TIME and barely be harmed?!?! And also, after fighting and beating about 80 people he was almost beaten by one woman?!!? I know this is meant to be an action film which is why I'm not too harsh on the weak plot, but even the action was a little too much. ...more info
  • Great Action Movie!!
    exciting from start to finish! a must for martial arts fans! great addition to my collection.thanks amazon! kodiak412...more info


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