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Feature 8.0
Video 6.5
Audio 7.0
Special Features 5.5
Total 7.5
Distributor: Madman
Classification: M15+
Running Time: 90 Minutes
Reviewer:
Mark Beresford

7.5


Chocolate

Masashi (Hiroshi Abe) a Yakuza boss looking to expand his territory throughout Bangkok is captivated byt the imperfections and beauty of a young girl by the name of Zin (Ammara Siripong), though Zin is also the girlfriend of his Thai rival, 'Numer Eight'. The two soon begin a daring affair which leads to Zin becoming pregnant with his child, soon after Number Eight finds out and forces Masashi to return to Japan leaving Zin to raise her child alone.

A few years after the Zen (JeeJa Yanin) is born, she is diagnosed with Autism, and though she isn't the social butterfly, she does have a very unique and extraordinary skill set. With a superhuman intellectual ability and a uncanny form of coordination, She has developed the skills of being able to catch any object thrown at her, and that's just the beginning. Zen grows up next to a Muay Thai academy and under her own will, she begins watching the teachings from a far and emulating them herself in her own backyard. As she begins to master her craft she also takes on mimicking martial arts movies and whatever she can get her hands on to expand her newly found love.

Soon enough, her mother Zin is diagnosed with Cancer, and as the rising cost of medication and their dwindling money, Zen is forced to try and search for the money needed. In a a browse around the house, she comes across her father's old mob book, revealing a massive chain of debts owed to her family. With her mother's life on the line, Zen decides to go and 'collect' the debts owed which ultimately leads her to her own 'Family Reunion'.

Looking at the cover of Chocolate, it doesn't hold much promise, especially given the crediting on the jacket stating 'From The Director Of Ong-Bak', it's usually a sign that the script was the last thing that is thought of in the movie process. Surprisingly though, this is a respectable change, yes the script has a large amount of plot holes and cliché's and some things would just make a lot more sense if they were removed all together.

But the opening scenes of the movie does give a lot of telling emotion and setup a great connection with the main character 'Zen'. Jeeja Yanin really can't be asked to provide anything more to this role, she channels Dustin Hoffman's Rain Man, while producing Bruce Lee like speed and agility. The fight scenes are absolutely fantastic and should be applauded, fun, chaotic, technical, and just a touch surprising, all the things a good martial arts movie should have. It's a fresh change from the standard Martial Arts 'Blockbusters' that come out every year, and was likely done on a quarter of the budget. It's difficult not to spoil anything from this movie but if you like eastern movies, you'll enjoy this, if you love martial arts movies, then just skip the first bit and watch from half way, either way you win.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

Making Of Chocolate
Theatrical Trailer
Stills Gallery






 
 



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