Thursday, January 20, 2005

French Muay Thai

Likely hoping to building on the success of Ong-Bak's 1-million-served theatre run in France, there's now a French kickboxing movie called Chok Dee, according to Kung Fu Cinema.

Opening on February 16, the movie stars Dida Diafat, one of the France's top Muay Thai competitors. He plays a convict named Rayane who is introduced to Muay Thai while in prison and upon his release travels to Thailand to join a Muay Thai training camp where he undergoes strenuous conditioning and must prove himself as a foreigner. He eventually ends up fighting in an underground circuit.

Kung Fu Cinema says that from the trailer, Chok Dee appears to be a more serious film about Muay Thai fighting than Ong Bak. While it may lack the insane action, it looks promising nevertheless, the website says.

This is at least the second French Thai boxing film I know of. There's another one out there called Fureur, which I thought was horrible. Avoid that one.

(Cross-published at Rotten Tomatoes)

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