Chocolate

Chocolate

Prachya Pinkaew (2008)

88min
18 Certificate
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Our Score
The breakthrough success of Ong-Bak in 2003 gave the martial arts genre a serious kick up the pants when audiences were introduced to the fighting styles of Thailand and the film's breathtakingly athletic star Tony Jaa. Chocolate is an equally bone-pounding proposition, in which director Prachya Pinkaew showcases the talents of another exciting performer - JeeJa Yanin. She's sensational as the autistic girl whose lightning-fast reactions and sponge-like ability to absorb moves allow her to wreak revenge on her sick mother's former gang. Forbidden love, life-threatening illness, transvestite henchmen and a face-off between our unconventional heroine and a lad with Tourette's make this twisted tale of revenge overwrought and ridiculous in equal measure, but never less than riveting. The polite disregard for crash-mat comforts gives the expertly choreographed brawls an excitingly real feel (and isn't without its dangers, as the end-credit sequence demonstrates), while the engaging story builds to a 20-minute climax that rivals anything in contemporary action cinema.

Summary

A reformed criminal raises her autistic daughter in a kung fu school, and the child develops a remarkable talent for martial arts. When her mother develops cancer, the youngster becomes an underworld debt collector to fund treatment, coming into conflict with a deadly Mob boss. Action adventure, starring JeeJa Yanin and Hiroshi Abe. In Thai, Japanese and English.

Cast & Crew

Zen JeeJa Yanin
Masashi Hiroshi Abe
No 8 Pongpat Wachirabunjong
Zin Ammara Siriphong
Moom Taphon Phopwandee
Priscilla Dechawut Chuntakaro
Ryo Hirokazu Sano
Director Prachya Pinkaew
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Other Information

Language: Thai, Japanese +subtitles Colour Theatrical distributor: Showbox Guidance: Violence. Available on: Available on DVD and BluRay Released on: 24 Oct 2008

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