Protector

 (1,608)7.11 h 23 min2006X-RayR
"Kham's (Tony Jaa) life is turned upside down when an international mafia syndicate, based in Australia, captures his two beloved elephants and smuggles them thousands of kilometers away to Sydney."
Directors
Prachya Pinkaew
Starring
Tony JaaPhetthai WongkhamlaoBongkod Kongmalai
Genres
Action
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
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Supporting actors
Jin XingJohnny Tri NguyenNathan B. JonesLateef CrowderJonathan Patrick Foo
Producers
Somsak TecharatanaprasertPrachya PinkaewSukanya Vongsthapat
Studio
The Weinstein Company
Rating
R (Restricted)
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4.6 out of 5 stars

1608 global ratings

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hilo nativeReviewed in the United States on October 6, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
NOT ONG-BAK, but similar....
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First off, if you found this review helpful in your decision-making, please click on the helpful button so this review may help others in their decision-making process.

As a BIG Tony Jaa fan, I loved this movie. Not as much as ONG-BAK, but good nonetheless. This 2-disc collectors edition features the U.S version and the original Thai version, which is a bonus. Running time is approx. 110 minutes.

Basically the movie follows a guardian to the King of Thailands war elephants, named Kham (Tony Jaa) as he embarks on a quest to retrieve the elephants he was brought up to protect, which was stolen from the village by poachers. As he journeys, he comes across multiple different martial artists all bent on killing him. Hopefully, (no spoilers) everything works out ok.

If you saw ONG-BAK, you should kinda know what to expect from this movie...FIGHTS!!! I dont want to spoil too much of the movie, so plainly speaking, if you are a "fight fan", this is one of those must-see movies!
23 people found this helpful
VonHeilegerReviewed in the United States on July 30, 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
Really good movie... why Amazon?
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Seriously I love this movie, but the version Amazon has to offer for Digital is not the full version. Half the story is missing because for some stupid reason it has been cut. You don't even know who most of the characters even are because off all the cut content.

If you are thinking of buying this on Amazon... DO NOT!!! I REPEAT!! DO NOT!. Find the full version somewhere else cause you will be left wondering about things.
8 people found this helpful
Ryan HeissReviewed in the United States on February 19, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
The Most Ridiculous, Serious Kung Fu Movie
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I have heard that Tony Jaa wanted to do Kung Fu movies his whole life, but never realized that they used wires for the "flying" stunts. While that story is questionable at best, it makes sense with some of the stunts in this film.

Have you ever wanted to see a guy long jump 20 feet to knee a guy in the chest?
Have you ever wanted to see a guy kick a guy out of a helicopter, while standing on the ground?
Have you ever wanted to see the longest one take, continuous fight scene in movie history (its over 3 minutes)?
Have you ever wanted to see a movie featuring a trans woman, playing a trans woman, as a character that is treated no differently because of it?
Do you like elephants? (Probably not as much as Ong Bak)
Do you wanna see an action movie that also somehow captures a good amount of Thai culture?

If you answered "no" to any of those questions, who hurt you? Why don't you like fun?

Pros: See list above.
Cons: A skippable and gratuitous mud bath scene, if you don't like kung fu movies the pacing and plot will seem silly, you might be the person who said no to any of the above questions
2 people found this helpful
Richard PengalaReviewed in the United States on May 9, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
Kudos to amazing Tony Maa
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The incredible Thai martial artist Tony Jaa deserves a 5 star rating. He's like a violent version of Buster Keaton on steroids....and he carries the movie which overall had story, continuity and editing problems which could have been solved if Sammo Hung or Jackie Chan produced and directed it...giving more logic and reason to the flow of scenes....unless this movie is supposed to be a comic bookish dream of a great martial artist floating in and out of his imagination trying to concoct a story that makes sense in a loosely knit surreal sloppy narrative whose sole purpose is for him to be super hero. This would have been a great Ang Lee project....Personally, excessive cruel over the top violence that is over done is numbing, sick and bad negative energy for the mind and soul. It may be a crowd pleaser but it is ugly, stupid, simple minded toxic trash. This Tony Jaa should be produced and guided by a mentor like Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung or Jet Li.....Nonetheless his Thai mixed martial arts style is amazing and some of the fight scenes are on the level of Cirque de Soleil physical prowess... . death and gravity defying. Tony Jaa and his stunt crew are real busters !!! And the crazy little child in me digs their gig...in small doses.
Raisuli the MagnificentReviewed in the United States on April 19, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
Good disk.
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I've only ever seen a couple of Tony Jaa films, this being the first I ever saw of his.

The bluray offers more luminosity for the colors compared to the comparative muted colors from the DVD. Either way it's the same movie, and if you liked the plot, story, and action, then the bluray will not disappoint.

It's a fun revenge film about conservation and how we bond and relate to animals. It's a revenge story as well as a parable on justice and elephants.

If you're into martial arts' films, then maybe check out Tony Jaa.
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D BeltranReviewed in the United States on January 21, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Have you seen my elephants
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I liked how it showed that in ancient times there were these warriors called the Protectors. That guarded the elephants that the king would sit upon during battle. In the movie Tony Jaa is one of these warriors in modern times. He does whatever it takes to protect his elephants from political corruption and greed. Using hardcore muy tai its action packed. I gave it 4 stars because it could've been a lil better.
being_and_timeReviewed in the United States on February 1, 2013
4.0 out of 5 stars
Exhilarating...but Exhausting
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There has been much written about film sequences in The Protector -- they are all amazing to watch and "re-experience." As for the story -- that's easy. It's like Zen in the movie, Chocolate, who constantly asks for "Mommy's money" -- Kham (Tony Jaa) just keeps asking for his elephants back. And if you're not going to help...whack! The famous 4-minute continuous take is unbelievable to watch...and unbelievably exhausting. After this, there's even more bones to break...and the four big guys!

The other interesting thing about this movie are the numerous homages to previous martial arts films/actors, including Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, Jet Li and, even, the Matrix...maybe more. This would be a good exam for testing kung-fu film knowledge trivia.

This collector's edition is the one to get. I first saw The Protector as a dual VCD import that only had Chinese subtitles. While most of the story is simple enough to understand by mere watching, we did miss some important plot elements without English subs. Transfer is very good, and extras are enjoyable.
3 people found this helpful
Lindsey MartinezReviewed in the United States on October 21, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
NOT THE FULL MOVIE - DO NOT BUY/RENT - I CANT GET MY MONEY BACK
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I've been searching for this movie for years and finally saw Amazon has it available. I purchased the digital version, not even 20 minutes into it there was already SO MUCH MISSING. This Americam version is not worth it. You can see the list of omissions in their wiki (American vs Thai) and it amounts to this edited version no making any sense, even down to the AMERICAN music in thailand/australia based movie??????

The original, real version I still cannot find anywhere. This is such a disappointment. I cant get my money back because I watched part of it.

The Thai version is amazing, just do not buy it from Amazon.
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