->''"...most people call Tom-Yum-Goong 'Where's my goddamn elephant!?' because every scene is him bursting into a room hoping to find his elephant. And if that fails, plan B is punching fucking everything."''
-->--'''{{Seanbaby}}''', telling it like it is.

''Tom-Yum-Goong'' (Thai: ต้มยำกุ้ง; IPA: [tm jɑm kŋ], distributed as ''Warrior King'' in the UK, as ''The Protector'' in the US, as ''Thai Dragon'' in Spain, and as ''Revenge of the Warrior'' in Germany) is a 2005 [[UsefulNotes/{{Thailand}} Thai]] [[MartialArtsMovie martial arts film]] starring Tony Jaa. The film was directed by Prachya Pinkaew, who also directed Jaa's prior breakout film OngBak. As with Ong Bak, the fights were choreographed by Jaa and his mentor, Panna Rittikrai. In the United States, it was endorsed by Creator/QuentinTarantino as "Quentin Tarantino Presents: The Protector".

In UsefulNotes/{{Bangkok}}, the young Kham was raised by his father in the jungle with elephants as members of their family. When his old elephant and the baby Kern are stolen by criminals, Kham finds that the animals were sent to UsefulNotes/{{Sydney}}. He travels to UsefulNotes/{{Australia}}, where he locates the baby elephant in a restaurant owned by the evil Madame Rose, the leader of an international Thai mafia. With the support of the efficient Thai sergeant Mark, who was involved in a conspiracy, Kham fights to rescue the animal from the mobsters.
'''This film contains examples of:'''

* AncientTradition: The elephants and their herders are bound by one. In ancient warfare, actual war elephants relied on four soldiers to guard their legs in battle.
* BattleAmongstTheFlames: Kham battles a Capoeirista and a Wushu guy in a burning temple.
* DanceBattler: Lateef Crowder, a real life famous UsefulNotes/{{Capoeira}} practitioner.
** Also a OneSceneWonder. Even though his fight scene was cut short due to an on-set injury, it is still one of the highlights of the movie.
* DragonLady: Madame Rose. [[{{Transsexual}} For the given value of "lady," anyhow]].
* DynamicEntry: [[http://i41.tinypic.com/2uj3413.gif Oh yes.]]
* ExoticEntree: The point of the eponymous restaurant.
* GiantMook: Nathan Jones as "huge scary guy."
* GrievousHarmWithABody: [[spoiler:Kham [[ImprovisedWeapon recovers two elephant bones and uses them as weapons]].]]
** He has access to the bones in part because one of the wrestlers slings him into the skeleton.
** An earlier scene crosses this with DynamicEntry.
* KickTheDog: Madame Rose showing off [[spoiler:the bones of the elephant Por Yai she captured, in a bizarre cross between taxidermy and modern art. A literal ElephantInTheLivingRoom!]]
* HeroicBSOD: Kham suffers one [[spoiler:on seeing Por Yai's bones.]]
* LargeHam: Madame Rose.
* NowItsMyTurn: When Kham is suffering his HeroicBSOD mentioned above, the mooks go about kicking the crap out of him, although he is too mortified to fight back. When one of the goons gets a knife out and stabs him, he finally snaps back and starts painfully dispatching them.
* TheOner: A pretty impressive one. The film features a four-minute one-shot elaborate fight sequence that reportedly took eight days to get right in which Tony Jaa fights his way up a building. Up multiple sets of stairs and through rooms, with occasional pans out and back again to show extras landing after being thrown over the railings. The only CGI in the whole sequence is a window breaking, and only because the real prop didn't work right and cheating it in with CGI was cheaper than rebuilding the entire set for another take.
* PetTheDog: The entire purpose of the elephants in the movie.
* PunchPunchPunchUhOh: When Kham first encounters the wrestler in the temple, his punches and kicks just make the guy growl louder.
* ProductionPosse: Not just Tony Jaa and the director, but Humlae and his sister from OngBak also appear.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: The entire final sequence, where Kham destroys ''everyone.''
* {{Transsexual}}: Madame Rose in the original dialogue. This is played down in the English dubbing.
* WhipItGood: Madame Rose.