The Protector (Two-Disc Collector's Edition)
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Kham's 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. The two elephants are far more than mere animals to Kham and his father; they are part of his family and were being prepared to be presented as a token of devotion to his Majesty the King of Thailand. The only way Kham can possibly save the animals is by venturing into a foreign land for the first time. Taking on a mafia group to rescue two elephants from a foreign country presents a huge challenge, even for a martial arts master like Kham. Despite the help of Sergeant Mark, a Thai police Sergeant based in Australia, and Pla, a Thai girl forced into modern day slavery, the going gets tough. They must take on the ruthless gang of Madame Rose, whose henchmen include Johnny, a Vietnamese thief and martial arts expert, and the hulking TK. Kham has no choice but to risk his own life for the animals he loves.
Thai-born martial artist Tony Jaa, whose gravity-defying stunts wowed American audiences in Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior, returns in an equally eye-popping stunt fest that should thrill all but the most jaded action fans. The very simple plot has the soft-spoken, mild-mannered Jaa as a young man from a rural community dispatched to Australia to recover a pair of sacred elephants. Once there, he discovered that a female crime boss (played by transgendered actor Jing Xing) is behind the missing pachyderms, and Jaa pulls out all the stops to recover the animals for his village. As in Ong-Bak, the appeal of The Protector is watching Jaa unleash his muay thai skills on a host of villainous types, and he gets several astonishing showcases in this film, most notably a nearly-unbroken take in which he dispatches some 50 goons as he makes his way up a four-story structure. Those looking for the depth of story or character found in the best of Hong Kong action cinema won't find it in The Protector, but the rewards for action fans are plentiful and thoroughly entertaining. The two-disc Collector's Edition of The Protector includes a wealth of extras, most notably the original Thai version of the film (titled Tom Yum Goong), which runs approximately 30 minutes longer than the American version. Commentary by martial arts writer and fan Bey Logan is featured on the American edit, along with a deleted scene, a featurette about Jaa with Logan and rapper/producer The RZA (who scored the American version and, for some reason, is described as a major force in bringing Asian entertainment to the States), making-of featurettes on both the English and Thai versions of the film (the latter features a subtitled Thai-language commentary track with Jaa, director Prachya Pinkaew, and stunt coordinator/mentor Panna Rittikrai), and three fair short films that were produced for a promotional tie-in contest. -- Paul Gaita
- Both the U.S. theatrical version and the longer, uncut Thai version Tom Yum Goong
- Commentary by Asian Film expert Bey Logan on the U.S. cut
- "No Wires Attached: Making The Protector" featurette
- "Making Tom Yum Goong" featurette
- Deleted fight scene
- "Making Tony Jaa" featurette
- Tony Jaa Martial Arts Demonstration
- The Director's Guided Tour
- "8 Limbs" Mobisode (a cell phone video)
- Short films from the "The Take on Tony Jaa" contest
- Theatrical trailer
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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.
to have them both. the Protector is about tony traveling to Australia to rescue his friend the elephant from poachers.
that is what the big part of this movie's story is. while at the same has really cool action. extra features are a making of,
trailers, a deleted fight scene and more. you can also chose between 2 versions of the film. the Theatrical version and
uncut Thailand version. for languages there is the thail language with optional english subtitles and an english dub.
check this movie out when you can.
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.