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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 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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She's sweet but deadly. 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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The film that young Zen and Mangmoom watch is Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior (2003). Zen also watches The Protector (2005). Both films star Tony Jaa and were also directed by Prachya Pinkaew. See more »

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The Best Action Movie of 2009
16 January 2010 | by Claudio CarvalhoSee all my reviews

In Thailand, during a tense meeting between the Yakuza Masashi (Hiroshi Abe) and the powerful boss of Thai mafia No. 8 (Pongpat Wachirabunjong), his mistress Zin (Ammara Siripong) falls in love for Masashi and becomes his lover. When No. 8 discovers their affair, he orders Masashi that does not know that Zin is pregnant to return to Fukuoka, Japan, alone. She delivers a baby girl named Zen and sooner the doctors diagnose that she is autistic. Zen is raised watching the students of a martial arts school nearby her home and Kung Fu movies on television and she learns how to fight by herself. When Zen (Yanin Vismitananda) is a teenager, her friend Moon (Taphon Phopwandee) uses her accurate reflexes to raise money to help Zin in her treatment of cancer. The snoopy Moon finds a black book with people that owe money to Zin, and he decides to collect the loans with Zen to pay the treatment of Zin. The girl is forced to fight with the henchmen of the businessmen to receive the money, attracting the attention of No.8 that captures Moon to force a meeting with Zin that tells Masashi that he has a daughter and is returning to Thailand.

I have just watched "Chocolate" and it definitely is the best action movie of 2009. The martial arts skill of Yanin Vismitananda is very impressive and the choreography of the fights is perfect, giving the sensation that they are for real. Along the credits, it is possible to see some accidents during the filming inclusive with the lead actress; in the end, the crew with a lady wearing a shirt written Brazil says good-bye to one injured actor or stunt in the hospital. Quentin Tarantino has recently provided his list of the eight best films of 2009 to the magazine Hollywood Reporter and "Chocolate" is ranked #5 in his opinion. My vote is nine.

Title (Brazil): "Chocolate"


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