Chocolate

  • 18
  • Prachya Pinkaew (2008)
  • Thai (SUB)
  • 88 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

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.

Plot Summary

Martial arts drama starring JeeJa Yanin. A woman is forced to flee her Thai gang after falling for a rival Japanese gangster and bearing his child. As the girl grows up, she is diagnosed as autistic, but with her condition comes special abilities.

Cast and crew

Cast

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

Crew

Director
Prachya Pinkaew

Other Information

Language: 
Thai, Japanese +subtitles
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Showbox
Guidance: 
Violence.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 24 Oct 2008
Certificate 18
Distributor:
Showbox Media Group Ltd
Categories
Drama

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