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Notable Female Lead Action Movie Heroines.

“I think in the world today we’ve had plenty enough of male-driven everything and it’s finally time to see how wonderful the world can be with beautiful, strong intelligent women kicking some major ass.” - Chris Pine on Wonder Woman (2017)

Honorable Mentions: Yuki Kashima in Lady Snowblood (1973), Coffy from Coffy (1973), Fox in Wanted (2008), Alice from The Resident Evil Series (2002), Selene in Underworld (2003), China O Brien from China O Brien (1990), Xiao Mei in House of Flying Daggers (2004), Cheng Tai-Nan from My Young Auntie (1981), Azumi in Azumi (2003), Chang Hsuan-yen from Come Drink with Me (1966) and Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad (2016).

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Chocolate (2008) - Dojo fight scene

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Chocolate (Thai: ช็อคโกแลต), also known as Zen, Warrior Within, is a 2008 Thai martial arts film starring Yanin “Jeeja” Vismistananda in her debut film performance. It is directed by Prachya Pinkaew, with martial arts choreography by Panna Rittikrai. It also stars Hiroshi Abe and Pongpat Wachirabunjong.

A young autistic woman named Zen has developed uncanny martial arts skills by copying what she sees on television, as well as at the Muay Thaiacademy next to her home. She also has uncanny reflexes and is able to catch balls thrown at her without even looking.

Zen is the daughter of Zin, the Thai lover of Yakuza boss Masashi. Zin was previously the girlfriend of Thai gangster No. 8, who was jealous of her relationship with rival gangster Masashi. After Zin chooses Masashi, he shoots his own toe as a symbolic gesture and forbids Zin from ever seeing him again. Zin asks Masashi to go back to Japan, as they would not be able to be together safely. He begrudgingly leaves.

Soon after, Zin finds herself pregnant and moves into a new place to get away from No. 8. She has a daughter named Zen who is soon found to be autistic. As Zen gets older, Zin one day decides to tell Masashi about his daughter by writing him a letter. No. 8 finds out that Zin is in contact with Masashi and is furious. He visits Zin and cuts off one of her toes to remind her that she is forbidden from seeing Masashi.

Zin is forced to move again to a house shared by a Muay Thai kickboxing school. Zen becomes infatuated with martial arts and begins to self-teach herself by mimicking the moves she sees, as well as what she watches on television…

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another of my fave asian action stars,if you havent watched any of JiJa`s movies you should seriously check her out…she pays homage to stars such as jackie chan,bruce lee and theres even a scene she pays homage to tony jaa…

chocolate has some great fights and really shows off what JiJa is capable of.

raging phoenix is a mix of styles ranging from Muay Thai,taekwondo,chinese drunken boxing and also a little hip hop dancing.