Saturday, March 15, 2008

Jeeja Yanin - Chocolate

Jeeja Yanin - Chocolate
AFP: Petite Thai action star plans to take on the world:

"BANGKOK (AFP) — She may be small and weigh not much more than a drink of water, but tiny Thai martial arts star Yanin 'Jeeja' Vismitananda is proving that petite packages can still pack a punch.
At only 162 centimetres (five foot three inches) tall and 43 kilograms (95 pounds), she is the first woman in two decades to win a leading role in a Thai martial arts movie.
The 24-year-old actress is even being styled as the successor to kickboxing phenomenon Tony Jaa, whose work includes the most successful Thai films ever to hit foreign screens.
As the star of the new Thai film "Chocolate," which is due for its first international screenings in Hong Kong next month, she proves a woman can look sweet and act tough.
Jeeja, as she is affectionately known, did all her own stunts for the movie under the tutelage of Jaa, who starred in world-wide hits like 'Ong Bak' and 'Tom Yum Goong'.
'Yes, people compare me to him a lot, but I would like to set things straight,' said the actress who has studied taekwondo since she was 11 years old."

Here is Jeeja Yanin in a scene from "Chocolate" inspired by the Icehouse fight in Bruce Lee’s Fists of Fury.

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