Plot: Depressed socialite Due (JeeJa Yanin) is a rugged and beautiful girl who never experience the meaning of the 'true love'. One drunken night, after a scandal with her ex-boyfriend she was kicked off from a rock band. A mysterious woman and tranvestite ambush Deu in a garage on her way home, but she gets rescued by Sanim, a sad looking stranger with a painful past. From Sanim, Deu learns about a kidnapping ring that targets special girls like herself and Sanim's bride, who disappeared on their wedding day. Determined to get revenge, Deu trains hard in martial arts under Sanim to prepare for the ultimate fight. And this is led to the beginning of the journey to the world Due never knew before, the world that friendship and true friends can become realistic.
Second movie of the star of Chocolate female fighting genius Yanin Vismitananda.
Fighting scenes in the movie mixes Drunken Muay Thai with hip-hop dancing, which were supervised by stunt guru Panna Rittikrai and his team.
«The look of the film is gorgeous, thanks to director, co-writer and co-editor Rashane Limtrakul... The photography and editing don't get in the way of the fighting. Though hand-held, the camera movement is unobtrusive and the focus stays clear. ... But the rather plodding, clunky plot exposition detracts from the action, despite the best efforts of Jija, whose fierceness explodes in the climactic final battle, and she's screaming with bloody rage.»
«While the actors are all individually quite charismatic, the on screen chemistry between the two leads is lacking. This is fine as the plot develops and the choreography between the two is dynamic while fighting as a team in the end. The film is energetic, fun to watch, and will not disappoint fans of martial arts films.»
«Despite Deu's final battle with Jaguar dragging on a bit, fights supervised by action ace Panna Rittikrai seem to deliver on the trailer's promise of "real fights, real injuries." ... Credit for keeping a pretty silly premise alive goes to the appealing cast, particularly Visimitananda, who's terrific as the earthy heroine. »
«The hook for “Raging Phoenix” is that director Limtrakul and action choreographer Rittikrai have come up with an original form of combat by combining the free-flowing rhythms of breakdancing with Muay Thai. And lots of drinking. It works, to an extent, but more often than not the whole thing looks and feels clumsy, not helped by the fact that the breakdancers are probably not real martial artists»
«Jeeja Yanin, star of Chocolate, returns in yet another Thai action extravaganza. Unfortunately, this earnest vehicle for the young actress can’t overcome its insultingly ludicrous plot, surprisingly lightweight martial arts, and shoddy-looking CGI in its woefully lackluster finale. »
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