Magnet Acquires U.S. Rights to 'BKO: Bangkok Knockout'

Thai action movie directed by Panna Rittkrai centers on a group of friends who have to fight for their lives with one of their own is kidnapped.

Magnet Releasing, the genre arm of Magnolia Pictures, has picked up U.S. rights to Thai action movie BKO: Bangkok Knockout from Sahamongkol.

The flick is directed by Panna Rittkrai, who helmed Born to Fight and acted as fight coordinator for Ong Bak and Chocolate. He was also an action film star in the 1970s and 1980s and mentored some of this century’s Asian action actors, including Tony Jaa.

According to Magnet, the film features a range of martial art disciplines and centers on a group of fight club pals (whose styles vary from Muay Thai and Capoeira to Kung Fu and Tai Chi) who must fight for their lives when one of their friends is kidnapped.

Magnet will release BKO in 2011.