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The Protector (Martial Arts movie from Tarintino 2006) Tue Sep 12, 2006 8:39:57 PM#23821Perm Link
The Protector's story was basic, the lead hero is after the crooks who stole his elephants. The Disney "Dumbo Drop"storyline aside, the martial arts action in The Protector is incredible. I'll say it again, the fight scenes fill up 70 percent of the film, and are really impressive, non stop and fun to watch. If you like watching Blade headlock and crack the necks of his enemies, this guy tops it, breaking legs, necks, arms and everything else in record numbers. There's one scene where the hero fights his way up many flights of stairs in a restaurant, and the scene doesn't cut once; the shot lasts for five minutes, I was floored. Jackie Chan makes a quick appearance in one shot.
If you have an interest in ass kicking martial arts films, this is a MUST SEE, and I wasn't going to see it based on the weak reviews. A+ for the action, C- for the story, the fighting is the best I've seen in a long time. Kickass movie with a "goofy" storyline about rescuing elephants, nothing against elephants.
I'm not the expert here, just a fan, sorry for the lack of proper titles. Much respect to Tony Jaa and this film, which I will still call "The Protector"; it's easier to remember. I will learn more about his films, and will buy this one on DVD...
As far as the "Dumbo Drop" storyline, the cute elephants don't necessarily give the film a 'tough' edge like many other martial arts films, with the baby elephant making chirps and squirting water at people, don't get me wrong, I like elephants and it works for this comedic but serious film. In the end, I just wanted to mention this film, which is completely new to me, much like the Iron Monkey was when Tarintino brought that over.
I read online there was a Jackie Chan look-a-like during that one scene, not JC himself.
Drunken Master 2 aka "Legend of the Drunken Master" starring Jackie Chan is one of my favorite martial arts films, along with the comical original Drunken Master.
Watch Ong-Bak, less story, more fighting. Not as crazy coreographed scenes like the one in Tom Yum Goong, but def. worth a watch because Tony Jaa is amaaazing
I bought Ong-Bak Thai Warrior. Good martial arts film, though there was plenty of more action in The Protector, which also had a slightly better storyline, but I don't really watch martial arts films for the story as much as for the fights. A great comical scene was when Tony Jaa and his teammate are confronted by that huge gang in the streets. The final showdown in the cave was cool too. Jaa's flipping/leaping/kicking/knee skills are excellent. Jaa's unique fighting remind me a little of Jackie Chan's creative fighting style.
Thai Fighting's knee kicks are pretty awesome to see thanks to Tony Jaa. Thanks for recommending Thai Warrior (Ong Bak).
I grew up playing Street Fighter 2, was Sagat a Thai Fighter? He used his knees a lot, one of my favorite fighters.
Must write this one down so Duane and I can see and it and Duane can go into those strange convulsions where his muscles twitch up and he grunts and his whole body vibrates from sheer pleasure at the ass-kicking.
It's like a male braingasm that's only triggered by violence. Weirdos.
Jeffrey Dahmer, David Berkovitz, Albert DeSavo,
Ted Bundy, Albert Fish, John Wayne Gacy,
Edward Gein, Charles Manson, and Harvey Carignan.
This one was pretty damn amazing. I walked out of the theater amazed how kick-ass Tony Jaa fought, non-stop. Wow. My local theater already dropped this classic for newer films. Bummer. Must have on DVD.