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In New York? Want to meet Tony Jaa and maybe see him perform some Muay Thai moves? Sure you do!!!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with something cool for our New York readers! The man himself, Tony Jaa is going to be in NY promoting the US release of his second big flick, THE PROTECTOR (TOM YUM GOONG). Here are the details:

The Wat
31 Howard Street, 3rd Floor
1 block North of Canal St. &
1/2 block East of Broadway

Tuesday, August 22nd
6pm to 7pm

The first 50 people there will get free PROTECTOR movie posters signed by the man and they tell me "Space is limited" and suggest to arrive early. Too cool! Wish I could be there. It's one thing to get a signed poster or something, but to actually see Jaa perform some Muay Thai ("time permitting" but you know he'll do it) is what I'm really bummed out about missing. You New York folks have a great time!!!

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  • Aug. 17, 2006, 4:10 p.m. CST


    by Super I

  • Aug. 17, 2006, 4:16 p.m. CST


    by JudgeNXcutioner

    maybe. Tony Jaa did similar promos for ONG BAK hope he swings thru the DC area.

  • Aug. 17, 2006, 4:21 p.m. CST

    That's sweet for people in NY... But live in LA DOH!!!

    by andrew coleman

  • Aug. 17, 2006, 4:24 p.m. CST

    Tony Jaa is the MAN.

    by lilgoodmn

    When is "The Protector" (pretty dumb name) being released already?

  • Aug. 17, 2006, 4:31 p.m. CST

    Hey, don't touch my elephant.

    by HumbertHumbert

    Not even Tony Jaa can stop me from going to see Tony Jaa on tuesday. I watched Tom Yum Goong in Thai and it still kicked my ass. Even better fight scenes than Ong Bak.

  • Aug. 17, 2006, 4:33 p.m. CST

    IM THERE!!!!

    by rubensreviews

    I AM THERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Aug. 17, 2006, 4:35 p.m. CST

    So pissed

    by Lando Griffin

    I went to Blockbuster last night since I had a free rental for a non new release title so I wanted to pick up Ong Bak - no dice. I hate this new system they have of selling the title to customers who never return it because then they never restock the title. (Yes I know my non Netflix ass is stuck back in the year 2000) Can't complain too much though as I did end up renting Dog Soldiers.

  • Aug. 17, 2006, 4:42 p.m. CST


    by Captain RawBeard

    Why Oh Why did they change the name to The Protector?? it's such a dumb title. I prefer the Thai version "Tom Yum Goong" because it's different and catches the attention - I have seen the original Thai version - didnt understand a bloody word but I loved it all the same - It's already out in the Cinema over here called the Warrior King which is just as bad as the protector - oh well bad title awesome film

  • Aug. 17, 2006, 5:01 p.m. CST


    by Phategod2

    Tony Jaa Kicks Balls

  • Aug. 17, 2006, 5:08 p.m. CST

    Tom Yum Goong aka The Protector is awesome.

    by Imagikafan

    The fight scenes in this film are amazing! Tony Jaa is the man!

  • Aug. 17, 2006, 5:10 p.m. CST

    when he was fighting those big guys

    by georges garvaren

    and he was doing what he was doing to their poor body parts; shit, that was wonderful. Great action movie. I kiss it!

  • Aug. 17, 2006, 5:13 p.m. CST

    the protector

    by JudgeNXcutioner

    anybody else remember the protector with Jackie Chan and Danny Aiello?

  • Aug. 17, 2006, 5:37 p.m. CST

    The Movie Sucks

    by Sakurai

    The action is good but your brain will hurt with how bad the script is.

  • Aug. 17, 2006, 6:29 p.m. CST

    Jackie Chan's Protector

    by Toby___Wong

    was horrible. Tony Jaa's Protector is awesome. Very good fights. Jaa deserves all the props he gets. Can't wait for a Tony Jaa - Dacascos movie. Or a Tony Jaa - Jackie Chan movie. I can dream, can't I ?

  • Aug. 17, 2006, 6:43 p.m. CST


    by The Ender


  • Aug. 17, 2006, 7:51 p.m. CST

    I Could Go...

    by CaptDanielRoe

    I work downtown and could easily take an hour to do this. However, the question would be: Why. Why would I go to see Tony Jaa? I mean, with all due respect to Austin, there are things to do in New York other than visit the Alamo Drafthouse (which regretably is not an option, but neither is it virtually the only worthwhile option). The appearance of one Tony Jaa on the cityscape, showing off a few chopsockey moves or not, is somehow not quite as electrifying as all that. Speaking strictly for myself of course.

  • Aug. 17, 2006, 8:34 p.m. CST

    I wish ...

    by Darth Valinorean

    ... but damn thing called making-a-living is in the way. I am waiting for this movie! The trailers kick some real ass and I hope we start to see some more work from him

  • Aug. 17, 2006, 8:56 p.m. CST

    Chinese Mann Theatre

    by tenhead

    I wish he has a premiere at the Chinese Mann Theatre in Hollywood and do a demonstration on Hollywood blvd.

  • Aug. 17, 2006, 9:56 p.m. CST


    by Chrisnonstop

    You wrote: "Why Oh Why did they change the name to The Protector?? it's such a dumb title. I prefer the Thai version "Tom Yum Goong" because it's different and catches the attention" What the fuck kind of name is "Tom Yum Goong"? You dumbass. The title of the last one was bad enough. You bring a movie to America that you actually want people to go see, you give it an English name. It's marketing damnit! The original title is different. As in other language different. It doesn't catch shit. The title change is the difference between a few million dollars and tens of millions of dollars. In anycase, I think the movie will rock as long as it doesn't get too cliche or fall into the mold of others before it.

  • Aug. 17, 2006, 10:42 p.m. CST

    i'll be there..

    by nolan bautista kick his Thai ass all over Mott St.

  • Aug. 17, 2006, 11:36 p.m. CST


    by Sister Sam

    The one night I have to work late. Why oh why does that happen?

  • Aug. 18, 2006, 1:01 a.m. CST

    Mad. House.

    by veritasses

    That place is going to be packed.

  • Aug. 18, 2006, 1:14 a.m. CST

    Ummmm, no

    by Lamerz

    Who gives a shit

  • Aug. 18, 2006, 1:17 a.m. CST

    It's a kickass movie...

    by Jar Jar 4 Prez

    but I didn't like it quite as much as Ong Bak.

  • Aug. 18, 2006, 2:26 a.m. CST

    Tony Jaa can stuff 2 jam jars up his nose.

    by sillypig

    Thats why he is better than neo cheese meister Jackie Chan.

  • Aug. 18, 2006, 2:36 a.m. CST

    Hopefully it's an edited tom yum goong

    by Knugen

    because that movie sucked ass. Sure, a few cool scenes but wtf. Here's hoping they cut a LOT of bad acting.

  • Aug. 18, 2006, 3:23 a.m. CST

    Er, WHY go see Tony Jaa? Um, because....

    by SirRoyBatty

    ...he will do things right in front of your eyes that Jet Li can't do in his wet dreams... even w/ wires. Netflix Om Bak & watch the outtakes; he frickin' knocked that guy on the bike OUT... & the guy was prepared(!!). But the move that kills me is "okay, um, yeah... let's just RUN ACROSS PPL'S HEADS. Sure, that sounds cool". Dude, Neo can't do this sh*t even in the Matrix. PS-- I've been a martial artist for 20yrs, & I've never seen muay thai like in either of these films. Jet probably saw them too, & that's why he's retiring.

  • Aug. 18, 2006, 4:17 a.m. CST

    Mr Chrisnonstop

    by Captain RawBeard

    Mr Chrisnonstop - Tom Yum Goong is a thai soup and also the name of the resturant which features in the film (thai verison)- so Yes! Tom Yum Goong is a far better fucking name than the Protector. Which sounds like a bargain basement title at best - Ong Bak was a good title and so is Tom Yum Goong - I laughed when I read you said "The title of the last one was bad enough. You bring a movie to America that you actually want people to go see, you give it an English name" HAHA are you such a inbred sister fisting redneck that you cant accept other languages, cultures and their way of life? I think its a shame they changed the title.

  • Aug. 18, 2006, 5:37 a.m. CST

    Saw Tony Jaa perform live once and it was

    by messi

    Ludicrous. Yes Ludicrous. This guy is insane, he usually jumps up and kicks a glass thats at least 1 and a half time taller than he is. Tom Yum Goong is a pretty bad narrative movie but who goes to see martial arts movies for that anyway(the story of him going to rescue his elephant is a cool idea though). Those fight scenes are hands down the most over the top, brutal, painful fight scenes ever filmed. At least 5 stuntmen died filing that movie.

  • Aug. 18, 2006, 5:46 a.m. CST

    who goes to see martial arts movies for script?

    by messi

    that's for sakurai. the concept for the film is pretty awesome, a guy get's his elephant stolen and he goes to break a few skulls(Yeah i know the stuff that got cut out concerned the king or something), acting(was bad because the thai director was directing english speaking stuntmen), alot of bad stuff such as narrative, but what you go see it for is the fight scenes. And my god do they deliver. The first fight scene is INFUCKINGCREDIBLE, so brutal, so goddamn brutal. That double knee to the guy through the glass door made me burst out laughing because it was just so fucking brutal. The 4 minute unedited stair fight scene is a masterpiece, broken skulls everywhere, dead stuntmen everywhere. The fight scene with those rollerbladers, the first mid air kick he does and you literally see tony jaa's foot connect to the guys head, that stuntman is dead for sure. and my favourite fight scene when he owns that johnny guy in the restaurant, amazing. It's Tony Jaa pissed. His character in this film is far more emotional in an aggressive way and the way he carried himself through the film, his prescence, just standing there like a badass at times. Amazing(especially when he breaks that girls wrist and barely moves). In Ong Bak Tony Jaa was a guy who did things for the greater good, he just fought but never got super angry, he just did it because he had too. In Tom Yum Goong, this guy is pissed off and the way he screams when he delievers those punches to Johnny give me chills. Angry Tony Jaa, do not even consider thinking about rubbing him the wrong way.

  • Aug. 18, 2006, 6:22 a.m. CST

    I agree Messi

    by Captain RawBeard

    the fighting in this film is out of this world - just pure full on brutality - the story is a little ropey but is better than most martial art films - a guy goes to Australia to get back his kidnapped Elephant - awesome what more do you need - plus Jackie Chan makes a super brief cameo in it at the airport which is cool. and it should still be called Tom Yum Goong.

  • Aug. 18, 2006, 6:27 a.m. CST

    Tony Jaa should play...

    by Captain RawBeard

    I heard they were going to make a Prince of Persia film. I think Tony Jaa should play the Prince, he certainly could pull of all those moves with ease. Yes I know the language barrier is a problem but I can dream. and I would like to see a film with Jackie Chan, Tony Jaa, Jason Statham and Chuck Norris - that film would be awesome.

  • Aug. 18, 2006, 7 a.m. CST

    this movie kicks @$$

    by macgruder

    Sure it has a paper thin plot that seems to have been modified for the american release, but the fight scenes are some of the best coreographed scenes I have ever seen, and Tony is probably as good, if not better than Bruce, Jackie or Jet. We watched the Thai version of the movie last night after I was surprised to see a commercial touting its release in american cinemas in a few weeks. Cant wait to see this on the big screen in a few weeks.

  • Aug. 18, 2006, 10:47 a.m. CST

    Still waiting for Jaa to team with Steve Wang...

    by Declan_Swartz

    for his eventual US debut.

  • Aug. 18, 2006, 2:26 p.m. CST

    Tony Jaa is overrated!

    by HellKing

    Sorry to tell you guys. The guy is good martial artist but his movies suck. If he was going to be the great new martial arts action hero as you guys have been promoting here for years, his movies would not be relegated to limited release. I went to go see Ong Bak after you guys here were raving and drooling all over it. I was disappointed and some of those stunts they said were done without any wires or effects. The director was simply lying just to make his movie stand out. It's like this whole JonBenet thing happening in Thailand right now. The Thais take this guy that supposedly killed her and parade him around and take wierd pictures with him like he was a celebrity for their own publicity. All the smiles on their faces because they know they're gonna get some attention in the US.

  • Aug. 18, 2006, 4:18 p.m. CST

    I have this...

    by Datascream

    movie. On import. I'd have to say I was pretty underwelmed. The fights were decent [the ending fights were exceptional] but the whole movie felt like a horrible remake on Ong Bak. I know you see the movie for the fights, but the acting was below B level. I just felt like there needed to be more story to carry the film. And better acting in the least. But can't beat the Caopria fight.

  • Aug. 19, 2006, 6:23 a.m. CST

    remake of ong bak

    by messi


  • Aug. 19, 2006, 2:49 p.m. CST


    by Datascream Ong Bak, he has to go out into the world he doesn't know much about, to find the head of a statue. In Goong, he has to go find an elephant [2 actually] to meant a lot to him. He's basically a "fish-out-of-water" in both movies. Certain aspects are different, but even a "Bad News Bears" story is different in someway. I'm not directly bashing the movie or even saying I hated it, but the movies are too similar in comparison is all I'm saying. I had some fun with the movie, but a lot of those problems got the best of me in a large number of areas. I personally think Tony Jaa is the next martial arts prodigy like Jackie Chan and Jet Li are/were. But Ong Bak was more of a movie to showcase his talent, but it Goong feels the same way in a lot of areas. I'm just wanting to see something a bit more open.

  • Aug. 19, 2006, 2:51 p.m. CST

    by Datascream

    excuse the spelling...floating words in there.