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Raging Phoenix

Raging Phoenix

(Deu suay doo)
Sponsored by: Guru

Canadian Premiere

  • Thailand 2009
  • 112 min
  • 35mm
  • Thai with English subtitles
Official Selection, Bangkok International Film Festival 2009
Official Selection, New York Asian Film Festival 2010
Official Selection, Action Fest 2010


Martial ArtsAction / Adventure

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"Skillfully choreographed, playful, brutal and pushing the actors/athletes to their physical limits" — COOL TARGET


Director: Rashane Limtrakul
Screenplay: Sompope Vejchapipat
Cast: Jeeja Yanin, Kazu Tang, Nui Sandang, Sompong Lertwimonkasem
Producers: Prachya Pinkaew, Panna Rittikrai, Somsak Techaratanaprasert, Sukanya Vongsthapat
Print Source: Sahamongkol



In 2008, the team responsible for ONG BAK unleashed their latest discovery on the world with the release of CHOCOLATE. That film’s star, the petite but apparently fearless Jeeja Yanin, turned heads the world over, her debut standing as the most exciting introduction to a new female screen fighter in decades. And now she’s back.

In RAGING PHOENIX, Yanin stars as Deu, an angry, self-centered, more than a little bit spoiled girl raised with wealth and privilege. But Deu doesn’t care about the things she’s got, she only cares about the one she’s lost—her beloved father. She has sulked her way through life since his untimely death, playing drums in a shoddy bar band and indulging in significantly too much alcohol while dating entirely the wrong guys in a quest for a suitable father replacement. Deu finally meets the right guy when Sanim (French-Vietnamese martial artist Kazu Tang) and his crew of B-Boy cronies—cheerfully labelling themselves Pig Shit, Dog Shit and Bull Shit—rescue Deu from a gang of human traffickers, the same gang that took Sanim’s fiancé years before. Yes, it’s star-crossed love, Sanim having no interest in any women other than the one he lost, but to prove her worth and hopefully win him over, Deu learns the ways of Drunken Muay Thai from the Shit Brothers and sets off to take down the gang herself.

Yes, you read that right. We’ve seen Chinese drunken boxing before but here, for the first time, Jeeja Yanin is bringing drunken boxing, Thai style, to the screen. And this is why you want to see this movie. RAGING PHOENIX features two spins on Thai martial arts totally different from any we have ever seen before, with both drunken boxing and a fusion of muay thai and breakdancing used throughout. It takes a little while for Yanin to get over her moping and into the titular rage but once she’s there, look out!

—Todd Brown

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