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One way it does this is to allow JeeJa to express her camera presence and charisma. This was surprising to me personally, because her previous role in "Chocolate" was so introverted and robotic that it was essentially impossible to determine whether or not this girl could steal a scene without beating someone's brains in. In "Raging Phoenix", however, she really cuts loose during the opening half as she jokes around, engages in some funny dialogue, and participates in some light-hearted fight scenes involving drunken styles of martial arts. That one-vs-many boat brawl is - now wait for it - a boat-load of fun. JeeJa exhibits a natural likability that her fellow countryman Tony Jaa severely lacks. Don't misunderstand me, because I am a fan of Tony's films, but he has some serious limitations as all of his screen presence is earned through his (phenomenal) physical skills. JeeJa, on the other hand, portrays her character in a way that is very endearing. In other words, I'd love to have her as a younger sister. This charm is a major reason why this film is so entertaining. When the action scenes are bridged by good "non-action stuff", that's a huge plus.Read more ›
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Looking for more of her films, I found Raging Phoenix, by a different producer/director, but with the same fight choreographer as Ong-Bak and Chocolate (Weerapon Poomatfon). While the premise of the film was a bit silly, the fight choreography (and execution) was just AMAZING. Poomatfon devised incredibly inventive setups/scenarios for the fights, and some really remarkable cooperative fighting (e.g. 2 people working together to fight one or more others... often swinging their partner around in acrobatic ways to use them as a weapon).
This film is DEFINITELY worth the streaming rental fee to watch purely for the incredibly inventive fight choreography. I'd be happy to watch any other film starring JeeJa Yanin or with action choreographed by the unparalleled Weerapon Poomatfon - their work utterly blows me away every time.
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Amazing JeeJa Yanin. Fight scenes are jaw-dropping but some of them slow the plot down quite a bit...so I just sat back and suspended the story while I watched them dance.Published 1 month ago by Bob Farrell
I have recivce the item on the date of 16th May 2016 by this afternoon by the postmanPublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I wanted the original version, and all amazon prime has is the dubbed version. I would love my money back or the option to switch to the original version.Published 8 months ago by Tina Thompson
Jeeja in this film was just as entertaining as she was in the movie Chocolate along with SOME of the other performers, but the biggest letdown came towards the end fight scene... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Quicksilver
Never before seen action. A must have film for Asian action fans.Published 14 months ago by Arild D
Jeeja Yanin is awesome! I think this was her best acting and he best martial arts showcase. Really good for enthusiasts.Published 15 months ago by Webbs