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Kham, (Tony Jaa) a simple Thai lad from the countryside, is forced out of his quiet lifestyle, and indeed his country, after his elephant is stolen by a vicious band of animal traffickers. He travels to Sydney, Australia and starts his quest to track down his missing pet, and in the process discovers that dealing in endangered species is the least of the evil gang's crimes.
|Product Title:||Tom Yum Goong (Blu-ray) (Thai & Cantonese Version) (Hong Kong Version) 冬蔭功 (Blu-ray) (泰/粵語版) (香港版) 冬荫功 (Blu-ray) (泰/粤语版) (香港版) トム・ヤム・クン！(Blu-ray) (タイ語/広東語版) (香港版) Tom Yum Goong (Blu-ray) (Thai & Cantonese Version) (Hong Kong Version)|
|Also known as:||Warrior King Warrior King Warrior King Warrior King Warrior King|
|Artist Name(s):||Tony Jaa (Actor) Tony Jaa 柏朗伊雲 (Actor) Tony Jaa 柏朗伊云 (Actor) トニー・ジャー (Actor) Tony Jaa (Actor)|
|Director:||Prachya Pinkaew 巴猜平橋 巴猜平桥 プラッチャヤー・ピンゲーオ Prachya Pinkaew|
|Action Director:||Tony Jaa | Panna Ritthikrai Tony Jaa 柏朗伊雲 | 彭拿 烈迪華 Tony Jaa 柏朗伊云 | Panna Ritthikrai トニー・ジャー | パンナー・リットグライ Tony Jaa | Panna Ritthikrai|
|Blu-ray Region Code:||A - Americas (North, Central and South except French Guiana), Korea, Japan, South East Asia (including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) What is it?|
|Subtitles:||English, Traditional Chinese|
|Country of Origin:||Thailand|
|Picture Format:||[HD] High Definition What is it?|
|Sound Information:||Dolby Digital EX(TM) / THX Surround EX(TM), 6.1, Uncompressed PCM 7.1.|
|Screen Resolution:||1080p (1920 x 1080 progressive scan)|
|Publisher:||Edko Films Ltd. (HK)|
|Package Weight:||100 (g)|
|Shipment Unit:||1 What is it?|
|YesAsia Catalog No.:||1023920342|
Action Director: Tony Jaa, Panna Ritthikrai
TOM-YUM-GOONG is the story of a young man named Kham (Tony Jaa) whose 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 (Petchthai Wongkamlao), a Thai police Sergeant based in Australia , and Pla (Bongkuch Kongmalai), a Thai girl forced into modern day slavery, the going gets tough. They must take on the ruthless gang of Madame Rose (Jing Xing), whose henchmen include Johnny (Johnny Nguyen), a Vietnamese thief and martial arts expert, and the hulking TK (Nathan Jones).
Kham has no choice but to risk his own life for the animals he loves…
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Professional Review of "Tom Yum Goong (Blu-ray) (Thai & Cantonese Version) (Hong Kong Version)"
This professional review refers to Tom Yum Goong (Thai Dub) (Hong Kong Version)
As convoluted, improbable, and questionably scripted as Tom Yum Goong is (and there's little doubt it's all those things), there's a roughly 10-minute sequence near the hour mark where Kham (Tony Jaa) makes his way through an elaborate building that serves as the bad guys' ultimate lair. A spiral monstrosity that extends upward to a final floor that holds a terrible secret, the entire sequence is shot by director Prachya Pinkaew in one long, continuous take without a single cut or edit. It's a marvelous example of filmmaking, and is one of many things that make Tom Yum Goong as good as you thought it would be. Bigger, tougher, louder, and more elaborate seems to be the mantra, and oh my, do the filmmakers, from the director, to its star, to the army faceless stuntmen, take it to heart.
As with Ong Bak, Jaa and Pinkaew's last collaboration, their sophomore effort begins with the theft of something valuable (in this case, an elephant), that sends country bumpkin Kham (Tony Jaa) to Sydney, Australia on a mission of retrieval, revenge, and major ass-kicking, and not necessarily in that order. Down Under, our Thai country boy runs afoul of the Chinese mob, which is in cahoots with Vietnamese toughs led by the high-kicking Johnny (Johnny Nguyen). Fortunately for our non-English speaking hero, Kham stumbles across assistance from local beat cop Mark (Mum Jokmok, The Bodyguard). The duo's search leads them to the duplicitous Madam Rose (Xing Jing), who is plotting a violent restructuring of the Sydney criminal underworld.
Although written to be more complicated than it really is, the script for Tom Yum Goong is, not surprisingly, a secondary notion that, once the fists start flying, needn't really be of a concern. For much of its first hour, co-writer/director Prachya Pinkaew does what he can to convince himself that he's making a true effort to tell a compelling story, in particular the plight of Thai expatriates being exploited by the Sydney underworld. But of course all that good intention goes right out the window by the hour mark, and Pinkaew wisely shelves the script to let star Tony Jaa stop running and let him do a lot of kicking, punching, and more kicking.
Which brings us to the film's action sequences, of which there are a lot. Not only that, but they are more elaborate, longer, and have more of the bone-crunching goodness one is used to from a film featuring martial arts choreography by star Tony Jaa and Panna Rittikrai (Born to Fight). The 10-minute, uncut single-shot sequence previously mentioned is the definite highlight, but coming in a close second is a fight toward the end when Kham takes on a room full of henchmen. When all is said and done, the bodies have piled up to a ridiculous degree. Unlike Ong Bak, which had Jaa fighting a series of faceless thugs, Tom Yum Goong offers up a number of fearsome fighters for our hero to match up against. There's a swordsman, a Caribbean fighter who uses Capoeira, and a muscle-bound behemoth. And not just one hulking brute, but four. Plus, happy-go-lucky criminal Johnny isn't a shabby fighter himself.
Besides the action, there are some unintentionally funny parts of Tom Yum Goong to chuckle over, mostly involving the film's bad attempts at English. Not only is Jokmok's Australian cop barely capable of stringing two coherent English words together, but the film features a recurring Chinese newscaster who makes Jokmok look like a professional English instructor by comparison. Couldn't the filmmakers have found someone who was Asian and could speak English for the newscaster role? This isn't exactly a major role, so it's perplexing that they would go to such great lengths to hire someone who is apparently reciting her lines phonetically. But perhaps it's unfair to pick on the non-English speakers, because for whatever reason, even the Caucasian actors in the movie seem to have trouble with the English language!
But I digress. It's not as if anyone will be picking up Tom Yum Goong for English lessons, or to get pointers on the fine art of screenwriting. The action is the thing, and if that's also your thing, then you've come to the right place. The main question people will undoubtedly be asking is this: Is Tom Yum Goong better, or on par with Ong Bak? The answer is a little tricky. Yes, the action is better, the choreography more in-depth and complex; but No, for the simple reason that Ong Bak came first, and we already know what Jaa can do so the novelty of seeing a thin, Thai guy crack bones with one powerful strike no longer exists.
Tom Yum Goong is very much an open product, one of those purchases without a catch-22. It doesn't have a very complex story, and although Pinkaew and fellow screenwriter Kongdej Jaturanrasamee (try saying that name out loud!) puts up a façade of a deep story with social significance, it's really just about a Thai guy who goes after the folks who stole his elephant. And along the way he destroys most of Sydney and puts the Australian Stuntman's Union out of business. If you know the name Tony Jaa, then you won't be expecting Sense and Sensibility; and because of the lowered expectations when it comes to story, but high anticipation of the action, Tom Yum Goong is an unqualified success.
Movie Grade: 4/5
Review by Nix - BeyondHollywood.com
This professional review refers to Tom Yum Goong Plus Notebook (Hong Kong Version)
With the massive international success of Ong Bak the pressure is on Thai martial artist Tony Jaa. He's been declared the next great one, the logical successor to Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan and Jet Li. The pressure for his sophomore film could not have been higher. As footage trickled out fan excitement reached a fever pitch but then word began to follow that the script was weak, very weak, a criticism tacitly accepted by the production company when they announced the hiring of an outside scriptwriter for Jaa's third film. And let me confirm it: the script is indeed weak, loaded with excess and fraught with pacing problems. Believe it when I say that international sales agent TF1 did us all a favor when they demanded that cuts be made. But here's the thing: once the action starts you absolutely will not care. You don't go to Tony Jaa and ask him to tell you a story, you go and ask him to break someone and many, many people are broken here. Jaa and company successfully up the martial arts bar already set impressively high in Ong Bak and all that the viewer can do is sit in amazement, try to keep their jaw from actually hitting the floor and occasionally mop up the drool.
Jaa stars as Kham, a young man raised in a remote Thai village. Since childhood Jaa and his father have cared for a family of local elephants preserving the traditions of the Jaturnugkabart, the ancient Thai royal soldiery who fought side by side with elephants in battle. But the connection between Kham and the elephants goes well beyond cultural preservation. They have formed a deep bond with Kham and his family, becoming beloved friends, and Kham has raised and cared for one of them since its birth. When corrupt village officials cooperate with a Chinese gang based in Sydney, Australia to spirit away Kham's elephants he is enraged and immediately follows after them. Once in Sydney he becomes embroiled in a seedy underground populated with gangsters and corrupt cops with only a photograph to lead the way. He is not even on the scene for five minutes before violence breaks out around him.
Watching a film like this without subtitles can be difficult, but the simplicity of Tom Yum Goong's story is actually a plus in this case. There's little subtlety, no subtext, just an angry Tony Jaa trying to find his elephant. By the time you reach the half way mark you, too, will be able to ask people "Where is my elephant?" in passable Thai. Making the story even easier to follow is the fact that the bulk of it is set in Sydney and the Australian dialogue is roughly half in English. Even Mum Jokmok, Jaa's comedian sidekick from Ong Bak, gives English the old college try in his role as a Sydney cop working the local Asian community. For those unfamiliar with the VCD format the general rule of thumb is that a well produced VCD will give you slightly better than VHS video quality and this is a good one, the images as crisp and clear as you ever see from the format.
But let's be honest. You don't care about the story. You want to know about the action. Here's the basic run down of ten major action sequences. There are more, but these are the key ones.
1. The film takes slightly under twenty minutes to get to the first action sequence but once it arrives, it arrives with a bang. That insane flying knee in the trailer? That is the first blow struck in the film, Jaa flying in from nowhere to wreak havoc on a party attended by the elephant-nappers. And while he may have kept you waiting a bit before unloading these first blows he makes the wait worthwhile. The speed is blazing and it is immediately clear that Jaa has worked up some new moves, particularly with his feet.
2. After a leap through a window the party fight quickly evolves into a high-speed boat chase along a crowded river. Fairly standard fare here, but well done with the highlights being a demolished riverside house and a jump-explode-flaming pilot ejection that tops the similar boat stunt in Face/Off.
From the boat chase the action moves to Australia and it's worth noting an incident in the airport that may or may not be a cameo from Jackie Chan - the video is not quite clear enough to be certain - passing the martial arts star baton to Jaa the same way Schwarzenegger handed off to The Rock in The Rundown.
3. On arrival in Australia, Jaa is immediately involved in a car chase designed purely to introduce him to both the ludicrously corrupt police lieutenant - his behavior goes way beyond what suspension of disbelief will cover into just plain silly territory - and Mum Jokmok's character. This then devolves into a foot chase through a series of alleys that plays like a much shorter, minor key version of the foot chase in Ong Bak.
4. Following the alley chase Jaa recognizes Johnny, a Chinese gangster, from the picture he took from the elephant-nappers and sets off in pursuit. Only problem being that gangsters do not respond well to rural Thais interrupting their drug deals with shouts of "Where is my elephant?" This triggers a lengthy eight-minute sequence that is sheer brilliance. Largely set in a warehouse, this set includes a flying knee delivered from the roof of a truck, the light kicked out of a street lamp, inline skaters, bmx bikers, and a positively jaw dropping move in which Jaa does a backflip over a chasm, lands balanced on his hands on the opposing ledge and proceeds to hand walk around the corner. Remember here: no wires or CG. He actually did this. This sequence is the best example of Jaa's extreme agility and gymnastic ability and if you had any questions why he was cast to play a monkey god in one of his upcoming films you will be left with no doubts after watching him leap, climb, and just generally scamper his way through tiny confined spaces at breakneck speed, delivering a healthy dose of violence all the while.
5. The next major sequence involves Jaa's one man assault on a gang run restaurant/brothel and is clearly director Prachya Pinkaew's bid to have Tom Yum Goong mentioned alongside John Woo's Hard Boiled and Johnny To's Breaking News. Why? This sequence plays out in a single tightly choreographed four-minute take. It begins with Jaa bursting into the brothel half of the building and follows him up three flights of stairs, throwing punches, kicks and - with shocking frequency - villains off of the balconies. The camera is beautifully fluid, at times following Jaa tightly, at others tracking the flying bodies of his opponents. Beautifully staged and executed and absolutely worth being mentioned in the canon of single take action film sequences.
6. At the top of the stairs is Johnny, the Chinese gangster, a man with some fearsome feet and we get an extended one on one fight. Very nice.
7. A three-fights-in-one sequence, one sampled heavily for the trailers. This one occurs in a still-burning Buddhist temple. Up first is an incredibly acrobatic fighter, the dreadlocked black man in the trailers, who sports the word 'Pray' carved across his chest. Frankly I'm stunned that this is the first time I've seen this man on film before because he is fantastic, blazing fast, very agile, and boasting a unique flipping kick fight style. Once Jaa has disposed of him we get a sword-wielding man, who once dispatched gives way to the hulking monolith of a man that is Nathan Jones. Jones is an absolute monster and he lays a beating on Tony that will not soon be forgotten before being spooked off by the arrival of the police.
9. If there is a non-elephant moral to Tom Yum Goong it is this: Never stab Tony Jaa. When you stab Tony he breaks bones. Lots of bones. When Jaa finally infiltrates the elephant stealing gang's headquarters he is assaulted by a swarm of goons and, in what must be a tribute to the Crazy 88's sequence in Kill Bill, he breaks every single one of them until he is finally left surrounded by a groaning mass of humanity. This is three minutes of sheer brutality, one of the harshest martial arts sequences ever put to film, far tougher than the Kill Bill sequence, which was softened by the cartoonish gouts of blood. No levity here, just a constant stream of cracks, grunts and screams.
10. The final battle, which includes Tony versus Nathan part two. How do you beat a mountain? You climb it, of course. And Tony does, planting his knees firmly in Jones' face. There is one aspect of this sequence that I found a bit gimmicky - it's on one of the posters but I won't mention it specifically for fear of spoiling things - but on the whole tightly wound, brilliantly choreographed and, again, performed to perfection.
Tom Yum Goong is an odd beast. In terms of the production values and - despite the limitations of the script - Jaa's performance, it is a major step forward from Ong Bak. They had more money to spend and they put it where it counts: on the screen. The film is beautifully shot, particularly the sequences in Thailand, and Jaa is clearly not content unless he is pushing himself to new heights physically. The action sequences are plentiful and absolutely stunning, a clear step beyond what was accomplished in Ong Bak. Jaa also shows that he has a very solid presence onscreen even when not involved in stunt sequences. It is also, however, completely lacking on the character front while also missing the goofy stunt sequences that gave Ong Bak a loopy energy that balanced out the violence. Jokmok is largely wasted here and the English-speaking actors are universally wretched. Is it a step forward or a step back from Ong Bak? Both, and thus neither. Jaa is ready to explode internationally, but for it to happen he needs better scripts. Tom Yum Goong proves he's ready for them.
By Todd Brown - Twitchfilm.net
Customer Review of "Tom Yum Goong (Blu-ray) (Thai & Cantonese Version) (Hong Kong Version)"
Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: (13)
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March 11, 2018
This is the second "punch" in Tony Jaa's breakout one-two punch of Ong-Bak and Tom Yum Goong. If you thought the fights, stunts, and action were crazy in Ong-Bak, you ain't seen nothing yet! Only a little bit of CGI was used here. This was a very low-budget film, but you wouldn't know it by seeing it!
Unfortunately, the story leaves A LOT to be desired, especially for Western audiences. I assume that only Thai people would understand the motivations of Tony Jaa's character, Kham, to go overseas and rescue his elephants while literally crippling people with his bare hands to get them back! But even with that taken into consideration, the uncut Thai version has many plotpoints that don't follow through and seem distracting from the overall story. The non-Asian actors are audibly bad.
With that said, try to get the US Dragon Dynasty DVD/blu-ray. It has the shortened US version and the uncut Thai version. The US version The US version actually does make SOME improvements that might be beneficial to Western audiences, such as
1. The title is called "The Protector". This makes more sense given that Tony Jaa's character comes from a line of warriors called the "Jaturankabart" (sp?), ancient Thai warriors who's job was to protect an elephant's tendons while it carried a king. This is actually given more explanation in the US version.
2. The RZA's score. Don't worry, the RZA's score this time around is much improved. It sounds more natural than the score he did for "Ong-Bak". It's intense, and properly reflects the mood of the film.
3. Superfluous stuff cut out: no useless news stories, no comic relief moments, no sub-plots
4. Kham's father dies. This helps give Kham more motivation in the US version. However, the US version just lies in the subtitles, because now Kham says "You killed my father!" even though that's not actually what he's saying.
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October 17, 2009
This customer review refers to Protector (2-Disc Ultimate Edition; Widescreen) (US Version)
The 2 disc ultimate edition of The Protector is an OK package.I had the thailand version way before it came out in the States.I knew I was not going to like the american version.This was because they cut half of the footage out,it has a lousy re-scored music by RAZA and it was like watching a crappy TV movie.The only reason why I bought it was because it has a very good commentary by Bey Logan (who is an expert on martial arts movies),some decent featurettes,one deleted fight scene (I know there are more deleted footage),theactrical version,behind the scenes footage and three tribute short fights scenes to Tony Jaa on the second disc.
I also think that there should be a director's cut version of Tom Yum Goong in the future release but I think thats not going to happen for a long time.
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May 20, 2006
This customer review refers to Tom Yum Goong (Thailand Version)
|Tony Jaa has done it again.I am trully amazed by what he can do. This films has more stunning fight scenes, and is just as good as Jackie Chan.In some of the fight scenes the camera work is very good. The Thais really catch all the emotion and know how to keep us entertained. One or two parts of the story line is a little silly. Good to see Mum Jok Mok and the other female actor from their privious film. I think some parts of the Austrailian acting is weak.But again it is an excellent film and well worth buying.|
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April 2, 2006
This customer review refers to Tom Yum Goong (Korea Version)(English Subtitles)
This movie is another fun one, and Tony again proves his great control of his body with amazing moves. This Korea DVD features English subs, and I'm not sure if it was my player or TV, but a couple parts the words went off the sides of the screen, but was still understandable and again, I only noticed it twice, not a big issue at all.
I loved the movie, and have no complaints, I like how it turned out, it did not seem sloppy to me.
And Awesome Job to Yes Asia for a speedy delivery and easy ordering, so a great thanks to them too.
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March 24, 2006
This customer review refers to Tom Yum Goong (Korea Version)(English Subtitles)
YES! Finally English Subtitle!
I have waited for English subtitle version for a long time. I was looking for this in different sites, and yet I could not find.
Tony Jaa's action is so realistic. I like his action and movement in this movie. He fights for his precious elephants and that was worth.
Well, Tony Jaa is not a handsome hero like western movie star, but definately he is one of the strongest characters. Anybody likes to watch action movie? This is just for you!