Chocolate

Chocolate

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Director: Prachya Pinkaew

Cast: Prachya Pinkaew, Yanin Vismitananda, Hiroshi Abe, Ammara Siripong

     
 

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A kickboxing hero with a difference arises in this action saga from Thailand. Japanese mobster Masashi (Hiroshi Abe) and his Thai partner and girlfriend, Zin (Ammara Siripong), narrowly escape death at the hands of underworld boss Number 8 (Pongpat Wachirabunjong) and

Overview

A kickboxing hero with a difference arises in this action saga from Thailand. Japanese mobster Masashi (Hiroshi Abe) and his Thai partner and girlfriend, Zin (Ammara Siripong), narrowly escape death at the hands of underworld boss Number 8 (Pongpat Wachirabunjong) and his bodyguard Priscilla (Sirimongkol Iamthuam), but the scuffle has unexpected consequences -- Masashi's superiors order him to return to Japan, and Zin finds she's pregnant with his child. Zin raises their daughter, Zen (Yanin Vismitananda), on her own and discovers she's autistic; one of the few things that helps bring Zen out of her inner world is chocolate, and in time the girl develops a remarkable skill in the martial arts. When Zin is diagnosed with cancer, the family cannot afford the chemotherapy that could save her life until her friend Moom (Taphon Phopwandee) comes up with a plan -- plenty of people still owe Zin money from her days as an outlaw, and with Zen as a candy-fueled enforcer, he might be able to get them to pay up and raise the funds for Zin's medical bills. Chokgohlaet (aka Chocolate) was directed by Prachya Pinkaew, who previously made several pictures starring Thai martial arts master Tony Jaa.

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All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
Martial arts fans live for those moments when the big blow transcends the screen, briefly taking our breath away and eliciting an involuntary gasp. Chocolate has a good handful of those sucker-punch moments, as well as about a dozen others that will have you reaching for the remote in an effort to figure out how they managed, for example, to show a guy falling off a three-story-high ledge and landing on the pavement below in one uninterrupted shot. Not only that, but it also features a female lead whose fighting skills nearly rival that of her predecessor Tony Jaa, and, from the look of things, single-handedly helped to keep Thai Emergency Room medicos employed as an endless parade of injured stuntmen filed in sporting shattered bones and open wounds. A rarity in the world of modern action and martial arts movies -- where stuntmen are called in for the really serious shots -- Chocolate aims to leave a mark by not pulling any punches; every jab, kick, knee to the face, or elbow to the skull looks like it genuinely hurt the performer on the receiving end, making it impossible to look away when the fists start flying. The daughter of a Japanese yakuza and a Thai gangster's moll, Zen (Yanin Vismitananda) suffers from autism and lives in hiding with her mother, Zin (Ammara Siripong). Zen's only friend is Mangmoom (Taphon Phopwandee), a portly neighborhood kid who often looks after her while her mother is away. In addition to being obsessed with chocolate, Zen is transfixed by the boys at the martial arts school next door to her house, and soon begins imitating their movements while taking in a steady diet of kung fu flicks. When Zin falls ill with cancer, Mangmoom and Zen begin performing on the streets in order to raise money for her medical bills. Eventually, Mangmoom discovers a book containing the names of all the local business owners who owe Zin money, and the pair set out to collect on the overdue debts. Those who refuse to pay are forced to deal directly with Zen, who won't stop fighting until her mother is well again. When Zen's unique talents come to the attention of the very gangster who once vowed to kill her mother and father for their illicit affair, the stage is set for a bone-crunching showdown featuring swords, guns, and plenty of good old-fashioned ass-kicking. At its core, Chocolate is a story about an afflicted girl who will do anything to ensure that her ailing mother is properly cared for. It's a simple setup, but it gives the story just enough heart to keep us involved during the occasional lull between fights. But don't fool yourself; the main attraction here isn't the story, but the many scenes in which Zen takes on warehouse-full after warehouse-full of imposing baddies, never flinching as she methodically dispenses with anyone who dares stand between her and the money that will pay for dear old mom's medical treatment. It's exhausting just watching the action, so it's easy to see how four years could go into making a film like Chocolate, as director Prachya Pinkaew claims. The choreography is executed with eye-popping speed and precision, indicating that the training newcomer Vismitananda endured for her big-screen debut must have been grueling to say the least; her movements are as graceful as any ballet dancer's, and her ability to remain in character while trading blows is an impressive indicator of her talents as an actress. A worthy successor to Ong-Bak and Tom Yum Goong, Chocolate is both an exciting introduction to a major new martial arts talent, and a lightning-paced thrill ride with bruises to spare.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/10/2009
UPC:
0876964001779
Original Release:
2008
Rating:
R
Source:
Magnolia
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:32:00
Sales rank:
34,036

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Yanin Vismitananda Zen
Hiroshi Abe Masashi
Ammara Siripong Zin
Taphon Phopwandee Moom
Pongpat Wachirabunjong No. 8
Sirimongkol Iamthuam No. 8's Henchman
Dechawut Chuntakaro Priscilla
Hirokazu Sano Ryo
Aroon Wannasbodeewong ice factory owner
Anusuk Jangajit candy shop owner
Nattakit Teachachevapong pork man
Kittitat Kowahagul epileptic boxer
Thanyathon Seekhiaw Fur
Pirom Ruangkitjakan Petch

Technical Credits
Prachya Pinkaew Director,Original Story,Producer
Giant Ape Score Composer
Nopporn Kirdsapa Production Designer
Nopporn Kirdsilpa Art Director,Production Designer
Rashan Limtrakul Co-producer,Editor
Ekasith Meeprasertsakul Costumes/Costume Designer
Napalee Original Story,Screenwriter
Rachata Panpayak Production Designer
Parinya Parntan Makeup
Weerapon Phumatfon Action Director
Panna Rittikrai Action Director,Producer
Matthew Chookiat Sakveerakul Screenwriter
Decha Seemanta Cinematographer
Prapob Surasakulwat Editor
Suthisak Suthijitt Sound/Sound Designer
Somsak Techaratanaprasert Executive Producer
Sukanya Vongsthapat Producer
Sita Vosbein Associate Producer

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Chocolate 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Heavy_Metal_Sushi More than 1 year ago
It took a moment for this movie to get going, but once it once it did, it really did! The story was perhaps a little bit lacking, but it is enough to get the jist of what is going on. The girl in this movie is pretty awesome, and despite a mental handicap that she has, she also has great reflexes and eye sight to make up for it, and she learns how to fight on her own accord as she grows up by watching other fighters practice and by watching martial arts movies. She winds up kicking a lot of @$$ in this movie trying to right some wrongs that were done to her mom in the past, who now has cancer. Lots of great martial arts action in this...Muay Thai is awesome! If you're into martial arts, definitely check this one out. Don't pay any attention to the previous reviewer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I LOVED THIS MOVIE, THE ACTRESS WHO PLAYS THE LEAD CHARACTER ZEN WHO IS AUTISTIC AND YET LEARNS HOW TO FIGHT BY WATCHING A BOXING CLASS NEXT DOOR AND MARTIAL ARTS ON TV. SHE PLAYED AN AUTISTIC SO WELL THAT YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY CONVINCED THAT SHE IS. THIS ACTRESS DID HER RESEARCH WELL AND IT TOOK HER 2 YRS TO TRAIN IN MARTIAL ARTS TO DO THIS MOVIE WELL. I AM IMPRESSED, YOU HAVE GOT TO SEE THIS MOVIE!
Dunn1inc More than 1 year ago
the previews were the best part of the movie! way too much overacting. the acting period was just terrible. I have a collection of more than 30 authentic asian films & I've really got to say that I seriously doubt I'll watch this one twice. I'm ashmed to say I even spent money on this! horrible! wish I could get my money back.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago