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Chai Lai Angels: Dangerous Flowers is a 2006 Thai action film about five female top-secret crimefighters, each with the codename of a flower: Lotus, Hibiscus, Rose, Spadix and Crown of Thorns (a.k.a. Poy-sian). The premise is modelled after Charlie's Angels (2000).

Miki, the daughter of a professor and martial arts master, is sought after by an organised crime syndicate for her knowledge of the location of a hidden treasure, the Andaman Pearl. Five sexy undercover agents—Rose, Lotus, Crown of Thorns, Spadix and Hibiscus—known as the Chai Lai Angels are enlisted to protect her. However, the Chai Lai Angels are overtaken in an attack, which concludes with Miki being kidnapped. These dangerous flowers must use all of their resources and skills to fight and recover Miki and protect the Andaman Pearl. But, as they soon find out, this mission is unlike any they've encountered before.

Tropes used in Chai Lai Angels: Dangerous Flowers include:

  • 1-Dimensional Thinking: When Mei Ling attempts to run Chen down, he has an entire empty parking lot to escape in, including pillars he could duck behind. Instead, he chooses to run directly in front of her car.
  • Agent Peacock: Dragon is a crimelord who is always impeccably dressed, usually in very bright colours, and often carrying a Classy Cane. He is also extremely capable and a better combatant than all of his Mooks put together.
  • Agony of the Feet: Dragon slams his Classy Cane down the floor in a fit of rage. Unfortunately, he slams it down on top of Kong's bare foot, driving it all the way through his foot.
  • Amazon Brigade: The Chai Lais are a group of super-sexy female crimefighters.
  • Auction of Evil: After stealing the Andaman Pearl, Dragon attempts to auction it off to a roomful of international criminals and other shady types.
  • The Berserker: Spadix gets stronger, tougher and more aggressive the angrier she gets: especially if someone gropes her ass or boobs. At her strongest, she can bend steel bars, or stomp an opponent literally into the ground.
  • Car Fu: Mei Ling attempts to murder Chen by running him over.
  • Carnival of Killers: Recognizing how useless his own thugs are, Dragon hires a group known as the Five Nation Bounty Hunters to take out the Chai Lais. The groups consists a Scary Black Man, a Ninja Maid wielding a katana, a martial artist with a bladed staff, and a rhythmic gymnast wielding ribbons as weapons.
  • Classy Cane: Big Bad Dragon carries a silver-tipped cane as part of his Agent Peacock persona. When he gets mad at one point, he accidentally drives the ferule through Kong's foot.
  • Clothing Combat: Miki manages to choke one of her kidnappers into unconsciousness with his own tie. In the final battle against Lotus, Dragon first uses his jacket like a matador's cape, and then tries to strangle her with it.
  • The Coats Are Off: As the fight against Lotus gets serious, Dragon strips off his jacket. Lotus responds by pulling her hair back.
  • Comically Cross-Eyed: Katherine. She is the pet minion of Creepy Crossdresser King Kong and comically inept due to her condition. Her errors include cutting off one of Kong's finger, and shooting him while attempting shoot one of the Chai Lais. It is eventually revealed that Katherine is actually The Mole for the Chai Lais, so how much of her ineptness is an act is unclear; especially as she stumbles coming down the stairs in Chai Lai headquarters.
  • Cutlass Between the Teeth: Lotus clutches a knife between her teeth as she swims off the island after the boat containing the pearl. She draws the knife and throws it, burying it in the back of one of Dragon's mooks.
  • Creepy Crossdresser: The Big Bad's chief lieutenant is a cross-dresser (implied to be transgender) nicknamed King Kong. He is prone to throwing hissy fits whenever thing don't go his way.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: After Gus is shot In the Back by Mei Ling, he collapses forward into Rose's arms, where he expires.
  • Dope Slap: Crown of Thorns repeatedly dope slaps Hibisicus when Hibiscus keeps making stupid and thoughtless comments when Rose receives a Finger in the Mail.
  • Excessive Evil Eyeshadow: Creepy Crossdresser King Kong uses excessive amounts of eyeshadow; none of which helps him look any more feminine. Especially noticeable during the battle at the castle, where it looks as if his eyes have sprouted metallic green butterfly wings.
  • Eyepatch of Power: Darkie, one of Dragon's henchmen, sports one. It is later revealed to be the result of Rose putting his eye out in an earlier encounter.
  • Eye Scream: A flashback reveals that Rose put out Darkie's eye by jamming a blade into it.
  • Fake in the Hole: In the fake trailer at the end of the movie, Katherine throws a grenade with the pin still in it at the approaching troops, causing them to scatter.
  • Finger in the Mail: Dragon's gang sends a finger to Rose after they abduct Gus. Rose is very confused when she realises the finger they have sent is not Gus's.
  • Fingore: Kong orders Gus's finger cut off so it can be used as a Finger in the Mail. Katherine misunderstands the order and cuts off Kong's finger.
  • Floral Theme Naming: The Chai Lai agents are all codenamed after flowers: Lotus, Hibiscus, Rose, Spadix and Crown of Thorns (a.k.a. Poy-sian).
  • Full-Frontal Assault: During the fight in the spa, the flowers are clad in nothing but Modesty Towels. Inevitably, one of them loses her towel.
  • Girls with Moustaches: Spadix wears a moustache when she is disguised as a tuk-tuk driver. She fails to recognize herself when she looks in a mirror. During the subsequent fight, her cap gets knocked off, leaving her fighting with both a moustache and her long feminine hair flowing.
  • Groin Attack: The five female protagonists of the film battle against a gang of thugs while wearing nothing but towels, during the course of which two of the thugs get their balls grabbed and kicked.
  • Hanging by the Fingers: Chen escapes being run over by Mei Ling by jumping over the edge of the down ramp in the car park. He catches on to one of the lower levels and is hanging there by his fingertips when Mei Ling stops the car and starts shooting at him.
  • Happy Dance: After Gus proposes to her, and she accepts, Rose manages to contain herself long enough to make it back to her room before breaking out in an incredibly cute happy dance.
  • High-Pressure Blood: While angry, Dragon slams his Classy Cane down on Kong's foot hard enough to poke a hole in it. The blood comes out with enough pressure to spray Kong in the face.
  • Hit Me, Dammit!: When the heroines are trapped in the cage, Spadix demands that Gus grope her butt so she can become angry enough to bend the bars apart. (It Makes Sense in Context.) Gus is barely conscious, so Rose takes his hand and clamps it on to Spadix's butt. This does the trick.
  • Humiliation Conga: Creepy Crossdresser King Kong suffers a series of humiliating injuries over he course the film: breaking her foot in an encounter with the flowers, having his boss drive a cane through his foot, having a finger accidentally cut off, and finally being shot multiple times by his pet minion.
  • I Have Your Wife: Dragon's gang abducts Rose's fiancé Gus in an attempt to force the Chai Lais to back off.
  • In the Back: Out of sheer spite, Mei Ling shoots Gus in the back.
  • It Works Better with Bullets: While fighting Darkie at the auction, Hibiscus falls down some steps and drops her gun. Grabbing it again, she points it at Darkie while saying "Bang!" several times. Bewildered, Darkie grabs the gun from her, points it at her and pulls the trigger, only to discover that she had popped out the clip when she fell down.
  • Lost Love Montage: Rose experiences one after Gus dies in her arms after being shot by Mei Ling.
  • Meet Cute: Hibiscus and Chen meet when a Suggestive Collision during the fight on the plane leaves them entangled in each others arms and almost results in an Accidental Kiss. Chen's next scene has him telling his friends about this cute girl he met on the flight.
  • Mistaken for Pregnant: A Running Gag has Hibiscus constantly assuming that Katherine is pregnant. It turns out she just has a pot belly.
  • Modesty Towel: The flowers are undercover getting massages in a spa when a fight breaks out, resulting in them staging a Fight Scene dressed in nothing but modesty towels.
  • The Mole: The Big Bad Dragon cannot figure how the Chai Lais always manage to turn up in time to thwart his schemes. At the end of the film, the Chai Lais handler reveals that he had a spy planted in Dragan's oragnisation. It's Katherine.
  • Outside Ride: During Miki's kidnap, Crown of Thorns leaps on top of the kidnappers' van and stays there for most of the chase.
  • Parking Garage: Mei Ling attempts to murder Chen in a parking garage: first by running him down, and then by shooting at him as he is Hanging by the Fingers off the down ramp.
  • Pop the Tires: During the opening chase, Rose eventually stops her car, gets out, and stands in the middle of the road, waiting for the other driver to attempt to run her down. As he drives straight at her, she shoots out his front tyre, causing his car to flip.
  • Sexy Soaked Shirt: The five heroines have to dive into a swimming pool and swim out through a secret tunnel while dressed in white sleepwear.
  • "Shut Up!" Gunshot: Lotus brings a halt to the Auction of Evil by firing a shot into the ceiling and demanding that anyone not directly involved leave immediately. After Crown of Thorns knocks out Katherine, everyone departs hurriedly, leaving only Dragon and his gang.
  • Stripping Snag: Features a lengthy fight scene that breaks out while the five heroines are getting a massage, forcing them to fight still wearing only their towels. During the fight one of the thugs accidentally rips off the towel of one of them, causing her to freak out prompting the other girls to tighten the knots on their towels.
  • Suggestive Collision: The Meet Cute between Hibiscus and Chen occurs when the two collide during the fight on the plane. Their faces are mere millimeters apart in what is very nearly an Accidental Kiss.
  • Taking the Bullet: A flashback reveal that Lotus was Widowed at the Wedding when her new husband leapt in the way of a sword thrust intended for her. This is why she is so down on the idea of romance.
  • Tank Goodness: The heroines have been trapped in a cage by Kong, and the Carnival of Killers and an army of Mooks are closing in. When they do a quick count of their numbers, they realise that Hibiscus is missing. At this point, Hibiscus comes round the corner commanding a tank being driven by Chen, which quickly puts the bad guys to flight.
  • Thanks for the Mammary: During the kidnap, Spadix reaches out and puts her hand on Lotus' chest to stop her charging into the kidnappers' guns. In doing so, she grasps Lotus' breast. She keeps her hand there after the kidnappers have driven away, and Lotus has to point it out several times before Spadix lets go.
  • Vehicular Assault: A Chase Scene at the start turns into this and as Rose and the mook she is chasing use their vehicles as weapons in an attempt to disable the other's vehicle. Rose ultimately triumphs, but her own car is almost completely totaled in the process.
  • Wicked Stepmother: Miki's stepmother Mei Ling is in league with the Big Bad Dragon. She arranges for her husband to be attacked (and later murdered) and for Miki to be kidnapped, as well as faking her own kidnapping and torture in an attempt to extract the location of the Andaman Pearl from Miki.
  • Widowed at the Wedding: A flashback reveals that this happened to Lotus, with her husband intercepting a sword thrust meant for her. This is why she is so down on the idea of romance.