Jija portrays a dour young loner socialite who is rescued from kidnappers on bladed-pogo-stilts by a group of guys led by Kazu Patrick Tang, who mix hip-hop dance moves, Muay Thai and whisky to make the ancient Siamese fighting discipline of mayraiyuth. They teach her the moves and soon she's ready to take on the kidnappers and their fragrant scheme.
Directed by Rashane Limtrakul with action choreography from Panna Rittikrai and the Baa Ram Ewe team, Raging Phoenix (จีจ้า ดื้อสวยดุ, Jija Deu Suay Du) had its moments, but was bogged down in places by melodrama and attempts at romance.
Despite the tough-as-nails leading lady, the film failed to catch fire at the Thai box office.
It opened in Singapore last November, peaking in sixth place (damn, why didn't Thailand get Fantastic Mr. Fox or The Informant!?). Reviews were mixed.
A Nutshell Review ("probably Singapore's No. 1 movie review blog") said this:
Raging Phoenix isn't perfect, but it is yet another milestone for Jija Yanin to prove what she can do. Call me a fan as I am liking her films already, and can't wait to see her in more action films!
Almost DVD-box-blurb worthy.
U.K. action buffs might want hold off a bit, as NEO Magazine says Raging Phoenix will be out there in April.