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Chocolate (2009)

Yanin Vismitananda , Prachya Pinkaew  |  R |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (266 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Yanin Vismitananda
  • Directors: Prachya Pinkaew
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Magnolia Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: February 10, 2009
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (266 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001L67A4G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,045 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Chocolate" on IMDb

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A young girl learns to fight from watching TV and the fighters from the boxing school next door. When she finds a list of debtors in her ailing mother s diary, she sets upon a violent quest to collect payment for medical expenses. Her quest is a dangerous one that ultimately leads her to her father, a gang member of the Yakuza.

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126 of 136 people found the following review helpful
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Chocolate is the perfect "acid test" to determine who are fans of action movies and who are not. How so? Let me explain. A true fan of action movies has the ability to overlook some flaws in film-making (e.g., script, acting, character development, etc.) if the action sequences are exceptional enough to make up for them. This is no different from fans of art-house dramas who can overlook minimal content if the film can portray everyday life in interesting ways. With that said, Chocolate is one of the best examples of an action movie that has such extraordinary fight sequences that they easily overpower any deficiencies in the script.

An autistic girl with martial arts skill attempts to collect on the debts of her sick mother. This movie is not well written, and requires some patience from the viewer to slug through the early moments. Once the 30 minute mark arrives, however, the viewer is treated to one of the most amazing displays of asskicking by a female protagonist in the history of action cinema. Virtually all of the remaining 50 minutes is devoted to high quality choreography and bone-crunching maneuvers. The settings and scenarios change frequently, thereby avoiding any feel of repetition or monotony. This is brainless action at its very finest. JeeJa Yanin - an amazing specimen with her fluid moves and hard strikes - catapults herself into the upper echelon of female action stars with this single movie. Her punches and kicks start off rather basic, but get increasingly more complex until they peak during the jaw-dropping finale that lasts a whopping 20 minutes. Lots of fun to be had here.

Now, a snobby moviegoer will cry about the negatives without even considering the positives.
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32 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweeeeeet.... February 13, 2009
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My rating: 4.5 stars out of 5

Premise
*An autistic girl learns martial arts through imitation, and uses her skills to collect money from some unsavory people who owe her mother, who is is need of medication (and was formerly associated with the Yakuza). Then the Yakuza retaliates, and all heck breaks loose.

The Good Things
*Video quality is almost perfect; it's very clean, sharp, and colorful, with only a couple of grainy scenes. The sound quality is pretty good.
*Includes a short 8-minute making-of featurette and a few trailers for other movies.
*Includes both English dubbing and the original Thai language track with optional subtitles.
*The movie has a lot of phenomenal fight scenes. They are extremely well-choreographed and distinctive. Judging from the outtakes, it also looks like they were made to be completely authentic, and the actors sustained some serious injuries in the process. Even though the fighting is fantastic, it's also very real.
*The movie is also very well-filmed, with lots of good camera angles and unique colors.
*Production design is good. Sets are interesting, costumes are good, props are good. Look out for one or two unique motifs.
*It looks like there were one or two homages to earlier films by Prachya Pinkaew ("Ong Bak" and "The Protector").
*The storyline is good and easy to follow. Aside from the action, it has some drama and emotional parts, but it's nothing too sappy. It's actually quite invoking, and seems to carry a strong message about love (believe it or not).
*The characters are excellent. The main character, aside from performing so many amazing stunts, shows some good compassion and emotion and makes the character believable. Other characters are great too.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Most enjoyable martial arts film January 27, 2010
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This film by the makers of Ong Bak, was both heartmelting, and spectacular in its choreography, featuring as centerpiece the new action star of Asia, Nicharee Yanin (Jeeja) Vistmantananda, who is nothing short of a wonder of the world. The plot of course is simple, focusing on the efforts of young Zen, (Jeeja) to recover funds owed to her cancer stricken mother from her days as a moneylender for a criminal gang, a mission which brings her into several violent confrontations with gangsters. The plot twist, which makes the whole film, is that Zen is an autistic savant, who has assimilated the techniques of the greatest martial artists whom she has watched on TV, from Bruce Lee, to Jackie Chan, Jet Li, and of course, Tony Jaa. (who helped train Jeeja for this part, a program which took her 4 years.) There are many things to criticize in this film, but these fall away quickly and are overcome with the escalating storm of adrenaline which kicks in, as Jeeja demolishes wave after wave of attackers using techniques which are right up there with the best in their execution and form. The one thing which explodes from the screen, is the ferocity and fighting ability which flows from the 5'3" 93 LB little Jeeja, who uses her lithe frame like a whip with a hammer on the end, bringing more power to bear with each kick and elbow strike than you can believe from someone so small, and so cute. She is also very authentic in her sensitive portrayal of an autistic girl, which she prepared for by spending time at a home for autistic kids to observe. For her acting debut, she is superb, and has a fantastic future ahead if she can broaden her audience to the West, and get some Michelle Yeoh type parts.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
It's a good movie.
Published 21 hours ago by Dione Echols
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Clearly this young martial artist has much more to show the world and I can't wait to see
Published 2 days ago by Gillette584
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Have to give this one 5 stars for the great fight scenes
Published 2 days ago by Malcolm Sutherland
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good action
Slow beginning, but a real surprise later. Is an Amazon Prime movie, but I liked it enough (for the action) that I bought it.
Published 5 days ago by David
3.0 out of 5 stars but has the double whammy of a terrible dub and terrible subtitles
This is a solid action flick, but has the double whammy of a terrible dub and terrible subtitles.
Published 11 days ago by Stephen Champion
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
I hate to read the subtitle while trying to keep up with the movie...
Published 11 days ago by Mary
4.0 out of 5 stars Good popcorn martial arts movie.
Definitely watch this for the action. JeeJa Yanin is amazing and most of the scenes are well done (in spite of inconsistent camera-work). Read more
Published 13 days ago by Philip S. Knapp
4.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable and fun to watch.
Something drew to watch this movie. Slow at first then it picked up. Story line was so-so, but the action was great. Really good entertainment. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good!
Published 14 days ago by Oscar G. Padilla
2.0 out of 5 stars but not weird enough to be good. Action is pretty lame
Story is weird, but not weird enough to be good. Action is pretty lame. Girl is lovely.
Published 15 days ago by Mark
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