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Chocolate (2008)

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An autistic girl with powerful martial art skills looks to settle her ailing mother's debts by seeking out the ruthless gangs that owe her family money.

Director:

Prachya Pinkaew

Writers:

Napalee (screenplay), Chookiat Sakveerakul (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
JeeJa Yanin ... Zen (as Yanin Vismitananda)
Hiroshi Abe ... Masashi
Pongpat Wachirabunjong Pongpat Wachirabunjong ... No.8
Taphon Phopwandee Taphon Phopwandee ... Mangmoon
Ammara Siripong Ammara Siripong ... Zin (as Ammara Siriphong)
Dechawut Chuntakaro Dechawut Chuntakaro ... Priscilla
Hiro Sano Hiro Sano ... Ryo (as Hirokazu Sano)
Aroon Wanatsabadeewong Aroon Wanatsabadeewong ... Ice Factory Owner-Ice Man (as Aroon Wanasbodeewong)
Anusuk Jangajit Anusuk Jangajit ... Candy Shop Owner
Nattakit Teachachevapong Nattakit Teachachevapong ... Pork Man
Sirimongkhon Iamthuam Sirimongkhon Iamthuam ... Boxer No.8 Henchman
Kittitat Kowahagul Kittitat Kowahagul ... Epileptic Boxer
Thanyathon Seekhiaw Thanyathon Seekhiaw ... Fur
Pirom Ruangkitjakan Pirom Ruangkitjakan ... Petch
Soumia Abalhaya Soumia Abalhaya ... Boxer's Henchman
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Storyline

When Zin, former girlfriend of a Thai mob boss, falls for Masashi, a Japanese gangster in Thailand, the boss banishes them: Masashi to Japan, and Zin, with her small daughter Zen, to live next to a martial arts school. Zen is autistic, with uncanny swift reflexes. She watches the students next door and Muay Thai movies, absorbing every technique. She's now a teen, and her mother needs chemotherapy. Zin has taken in a chubby kid, Moom, who watches over Zen. Moom finds a ledger listing business men who owe Zin money; he goes to them one at a time to collect in order to pay for Zin's treatment. Zen, with her martial skills, becomes his enforcer. A showdown with the boss is inevitable. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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The most bone crunching fight scenes of the year. See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence throughout, and brief sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

Thailand

Language:

Thai | Japanese | English

Release Date:

6 February 2008 (Thailand) See more »

Also Known As:

Chocolate See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,180, 8 February 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$13,925, 15 February 2009
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital EX

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film originally included Zen watching scenes from Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan movies (in addition to Tony Jaa), but these scenes were eventually cut due to licensing problems. These licensing problems also caused other scenes to be removed from the original movie. The ice factory scene was originally shot as a split screen of Zen imitating the exact same moves she had seen Bruce Lee do in a fight scene from the movie The Big Boss (1971). It showed a clip of Bruce Lee doing his fight moves at the same time as Zen was mimicking Bruce Lee's moves. The warehouse scene was shot in a similar fashion, but this time it showed a split screen of Zen imitating Jackie Chan, wherein she would do her interpretation of a Jackie Chan fight routine. Eventually not only were the split screen scenes removed, but any scenes that involved Zen performing moves that too closely resembled fight sequences from Bruce Lee or Jackie Chan movies were all cut as well. The original full version that included these scenes has not been released anywhere in Thailand. See more »

Goofs

When the mob boss is informed that Zin and Masashi still have a relationship, a record can be seen being played on the record player. However, no music can be heard. See more »

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Referenced in Master Z: Ip Man Legacy (2018) See more »

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Its a good action film, ignore Kazuo_Kiriyama
18 May 2008 | by chowyunpatSee all my reviews

I must have seen a totally different film than Kazuo_Kiriyama and archip57, I found it to be an exciting,entertaining and at times even touching martial film chock full of well choreographed and cringe inducing fight scenes. I'm not pretending it's Lawrence of Arabia (which, by the way contained a lot of historical inaccuracies)and its a notch below Ong Bak, but it does what it sets out to do and succeeds where so many Hollywood films fail in that it simply delivers the goods: well choreographed, bone crunching fight scenes. Its the kind of film that makes me feel giddy like a kid again and I felt the same way watching Ong Bak,Born to Fight, and Tom Yum Goong. I found the lead actress Jeeja Yanin to be demure and her performance very charming and sympathy inducing, not irritating in the least.

Also contrary to other claims made by one reviewer , there are no wires used in this movie and the blooper reel at the end of the film reveal that Miss Yanin's kicks actually did hurt some of the stunt men (did you happen to watch that Kazuo_Kiriyama?) and not all of her kicks were stationary as I recall she did many flying kicks, spin kicks and multiple kicking attacks, but I guess some people we're too busy thinking of stuff to criticize the film about to really notice the great fight choreography or maybe they should be watching something more cerebrally challenge and artistic fare like "The Diving Bell and The Butterfly" and stay away from immensely entertaining films like Tom Yum Goong, Born To Fight, and this one.


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