Follow TV Tropes


Context Film / TomYumGoong

Go To

1[[quoteright:299:]]²²->''"...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."''²-->-- '''Creator/{{Seanbaby}}''', telling it like it is.²²''Tom-Yum-Goong'' (Thai: ต้มยำกุ้ง; IPA: [tôm jɑm kûŋ], distributed as ''Warrior King'' in the UK, as ''The Protector'' in the US, as ''Thai Dragon'' in Spain, as ''Revenge of the Warrior'' in Germany and as ''Honor of the Dragon'' in French) 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 ''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".²²In 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.²----²!!This film contains examples of:²²* 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.²* ArtisticLicensePhysics: Elephant tusks somehow cushion Kham's fall from a helicopter instead of breaking his entire skeleton like if he had hit the ground.²* BattleAmongstTheFlames: Kham battles a capoeirista and a wushu guy in a burning temple.²* BloodKnight: The capoeirista in the temple seems to be enjoying himself far more than Kham is; He smiles and laughs while fighting, and stops several times when he has the upper hand to taunt Kham.²* TheBrute: TK, the giant wrestler.²* CombatStilettos: Sort of. Madame Rose wears stilettos during her fight scene, but if you look closely you can see that her actress switches to flat shoes when she does any stunts, but the stilettos are back on when she's standing still.²* DanceBattler: The capoerista, played by Creator/LateefCrowder, a real life famous UsefulNotes/{{Capoeira}} practitioner.²* DittoFighter: Several fighters give Kham serious trouble until he adopts their manner of fighting;²** The capoeira fighter, with agile spinning kicks and ground work.²** The wushu fighter, by weilding weapons of his own.²** Johnny, by matching his [[ExtremityExtremist kicks with fists]].²** The [[GiantMook giant mooks]], by augmenting the power of his fists with [[spoiler: elephant bones]].²* DragonLady: Madame Rose. [[{{Transgender}} Specifically a trans lady]].²* DramaticDislocation: During the final ZergRush, Kham loudly dislocates many mooks' bones. Those were the lucky ones. ²* DynamicEntry: [[ Oh yes.]]²* ExoticEntree: The point of the eponymous restaurant.²* ExtremityExtremist: Johnny Nguyen fights almost exclusively with kicks, as well as the capoerista.²* GiantMook: TK and his team of mooks are all incredibly huge.²* GoodScarsEvilScars: The capoeirista has "PRAY" carved into his chest, and he certainly gives reasons to do it. Doubles as a BadassBoast.²* GrievousHarmWithABody: [[spoiler:Kham [[ImprovisedWeapon recovers two elephant bones and uses them as weapons]].]]²** He has access to the bones in part because one of the wrestlers slings him into the skeleton.²** An earlier scene crosses this with DynamicEntry.²* JustHitHim: TK and his guys tend to throw Kham around rather than just hitting him. If they simply punched or strangled him [[spoiler: he never would've gotten the elephant bones that he used to defeat them]].²* KickTheDog: Madame Rose showing off [[spoiler:the bones of the elephant Por Yai she captured, in a bizarre and really naff cross between taxidermy and modern art. A literal ElephantInTheLivingRoom!]]²* HeroicBSOD: Kham suffers one [[spoiler:on seeing Por Yai's bones.]]²* IntimidationDemonstration: Kham threatens a thug by ''kicking the light out of a street lamp''. ²* LargeHam: Madame Rose.²* MadeOfIron: Kham has several moments of impossible toughness, but the greatest of them is possibly when receiving a charged ''meia lua de compasso'' to the head from the capoeirista and inexplicably not being knocked out.²* NeverBringAKnifeToAFistFight: The mook Kham intimidates with the street lamp.²** Later, getting stabbed is what snaps Kham out of his HeroicBSOD.²** Kham's sole female opponent tries to stab him in the back. He easily disarms her and simply pushes her over.²* NoSell: TK allows Kham to land several undefended blows to his upper body, provoking Kham to hit him harder. It isn't until Kham lands a blow to his head and draws blood (which it takes the guy a moment to notice) that he promptly picks Kham up and throws him against a pillar.²** Later, Kham barely notices to the rain of blows the mooks are landing on him during his HeroicBSOD; In this instance, the emotional pain he's experiencing is overriding any physical pain... [[LetsGetDangerous until one mook makes the mistake of stabbing him.]] ²* NotTooDeadToSaveTheDay: After the final blow, [[spoiler: Por Yai's skeleton catches Kham's falling body, breaking his fall. This is interspersed with scenes showing Por Yai carrying Kham in his tusks, signifying that he carried Kham one last time]].²* 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.²* OneManArmy: Kham, in the most pure Tony Jaa vein.²* 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.²* OpenSaysMe: Kham has a habit of kicking people through doors to get them open.²* PetTheDog: The entire purpose of the elephants in the movie.²* PunchPunchPunchUhOh: When Kham first encounters the wrestler in the temple, his punches and kicks just make the guy growl louder. ²* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: The entire final sequence, where Kham destroys ''everyone.''²* ScarfOfAsskicking: It's a small one, but Kham is identified as a man wearing a scarf. ²* {{Transgender}}: Madame Rose in the original dialogue. This is played down in the English dubbing.²* TheUnfavorite: It is heavily suggested (and outright stated in the original dialogue) that the reason Madame Rose is being passed over for control of the family business is because she is {{Transgender}}.²* UnskilledButStrong: The giant wrestlers in the final battle, as well as TK. Being wrestlers they tend to focus on tossing Kham around rather than trading blows. That being said, TK makes his entrance by smashing through a door, and one of the wrestlers picks up Kern, a baby elephant, and throws him like a sack of potatoes.²* WhipItGood: Madame Rose uses a whip to intrude in Kham's fight against the giant mooks at the end.²* YouKilledMyFather: The English dub inserts this line.²----


How well does it match the trope?

Example of:


Media sources: