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An autistic woman looks to settle her ailing mother's debts by seeking out the ruthless gangs that owe her family money, using her special skill - martial arts!

Fans of breakout Thai martial arts flick Ong-Bak may be disappointed in Prachya Pinkaew’s latest, in which an autistic girl (JeeJa Yanin) uses her martial arts expertise to collect money owed to her cancer-stricken mother (Ammara Siripong). An unnecessarily prolonged build-up — mostly yakuza clichés and porn-grade acting — finally yields a showcase for Yanin’s impressive chopsocky skills. Jackie Chan-style outtakes at the end suggest that the pleasingly-monickered JeeJa has a promising future in the martial arts milieu, especially if she can find material worthy of her talents.

Sadly, the framing material is melodramatic and overwrought, and the addition of a Kill Bill-style animated sequence seems arbitrary and unnecessary.

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