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Abe Hiroshi (Actor) | Jija Yanin Vismistananda (Actor) | Prachya Pinkaew (Director)
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Chocolate (DVD) (Thailand Version)
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An action heroine is born in the explosive new blockbuster Chocolate from director Prachya Pinkaew and action director Panna Rittikrai, the tag team behind Ong Bak and Tom Yum Goong. With only her first film, Jija Yanin Vismitananda already stands peerless as Asian Cinema's next big female action star. Discovered five years ago by Prachya Pinkaew during casting sessions for Born to Fight, the 24-year-old actress makes a jaw-dropping debut with a full arsenal of Muay Thai moves that belie her petite frame. Originally trained in taekwondo, Jija Yanin Vismitananda underwent four years of training with Panna Rittikrai, plus personal tutelage from Tony Jaa, in preparation for her debut, and she certainly delivers the action in Chocolate. In an interesting international crossover, popular Japanese actor Abe Hiroshi (The Sword of Alexander) co-stars as Jija Yanin Vismitananda's father.

Tensions are high as Thai gangsters and yakuza bump heads in Bangkok. Yakuza Masashi (Abe Hiroshi) further crosses the Thai underworld when his relationship with Zin (Ammara Siripong), an underling of Thai kingpin No. 8 (Pongpat Wachirabunjong), is revealed. Masashi is soon forced to return to Japan, leaving Zin and their unborn child behind in Thailand. Toughing it out as a single mother, Zin gives birth to an autistic daughter. Clearly a bit different from the rest of the kids, Zen (Jija Yanin Vismitananda) has unnaturally fast reflexes that she channels into learning Muay Thai. Though times are tough, Zen grows up healthy and happy until her mother is diagnosed with cancer. To pay for the medical care, Zen and portly buddy Moom (Taphon Phopwandee) decide to collect Zin's old debts, speaking with fists when payment isn't forthcoming - which is basically every time. Zin's old cronies aren't about to just sit around though while Zen blazes a path of damage through the underworld.

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Product Title: Chocolate (DVD) (Thailand Version) 女拳霸 (DVD) (泰國版) 女拳霸 (DVD) (泰国版) チョコレート・ファイター (タイ版) Chocolate (DVD) (Thailand Version)
Artist Name(s): Abe Hiroshi (Actor) | Jija Yanin Vismistananda (Actor) 阿部寬 (Actor) | 琴嘉 (Actor) 阿部宽 (Actor) | 琴嘉 (Actor) 阿部寛 (Actor) | ジージャー (ヤーニン・ウィサミタナン) (Actor) Abe Hiroshi (Actor) | Jija Yanin Vismistananda (Actor)
Director: Prachya Pinkaew 巴猜平橋 巴猜平桥 プラッチャヤー・ピンゲーオ Prachya Pinkaew
Release Date: 2008-04-22
Language: Thai
Subtitles: Thai
Place of Origin: Thailand
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: Letterboxed
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 5.1
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: All Region What is it?
Publisher: Thai CD Online
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1010957573

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* Screen Format: Widescreen
* Sound Mix: Dolby Digital 5.1

Director : Pruchya Pinkeaw

Zen, a girl who is suffered from autistic syndrome, but a genius in fighting. Zen lives with her mother, the only person that she truly loves. Zen's life turns difficult when her mother is sick from cancer, so she needs to get the money from the people who owe her mother. But, those people have a connection to a villain called No.8, and they're ready to kill Zen. Now, her mother's life is a high bet, Zen is forced to fight for herself and her mother.
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Professional Review of "Chocolate (DVD) (Thailand Version)"

May 29, 2008

This professional review refers to Chocolate (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
A word of advice: try and approach Ong Bak director Prachya Pinkaew's Chocolate - his new martial arts film starring female lead "Jeeja" Vismistananda - as pure spectacle. On that level it is truly astounding. Go in expecting significant plot and character work, however, and you'll walk away disappointed. The lessons dictated by the narrative weakness of Pinkaew's Tom Yum Goong AKA The Protector have clearly not been learned. Vismistananda, however, is an immediate physical marvel, a sure fire international action star of the highest order.

Vismistananda plays Zen, the autistic daughter of a Thai woman and Japanese gangster. Her father driven out of the country by a rival gang leader, Zen has been left in the care of her mother, a woman who has tried her best to put aside her criminal past to give her all to supporting her handicapped daughter. It is clear early that like a small percentage of autistic children, Zen is something of a savant. While most autistic savant's skills lie in the world of math, Zen's are more physical talents: she has an extremely developed sense of muscle memory. Once she sees something enacted before her she is able to mimic that action flawlessly. And, living next to a martial arts dojo with kung fu and muay thai films - Pinkaew shamelessly intercutting footage from his earlier, Tony Jaa starring efforts - playing constantly on the television, Zen has lots to learn.

Theirs is a quiet life, a simple one even, until Zen's mother is diagnosed with cancer and needs expensive chemotherapy treatments, treatments they have no hope of paying until a long hidden book detailing old mob debts is discovered and Zen sets out on a violent mission to reclaim those debts in support of her poor sick mother. Throw in a gang of rather unattractive transsexuals and a very underused Hiroshi Abe as Zen's yakuza father and you have the nuts and bolts of the film.

Weaknesses? Yes, there are several. The plot is wafer thin, character development virtually non-existent. The film lacks significant featured fighters for Zen to square off against and, as such, tends towards simple line-em-up, knock-em-down fights that can get repetitive quickly. And, on a technical end, it dramatically over does the film speed manipulation in obvious and unnecessary ways, I spotted a pair of visible wires and a number of 'pucker' marks on clothes where the wire rigs connected, and the fights are occasionally over edited.

Strengths? Vismistananda herself is astounding - making the film speed up much more perplexing - and once the action begins it is absolutely unrelenting. The final fight scene alone - a one versus thirty or so affair that scales the outer ledges and neon signs of a multi story building and sent at least one stunt man to hospital - is absolutely jaw dropping, an instant classic in the martial arts world and one which is, all on its own, more than worth the price of admission.

Do I enjoy Chocolate for what it is? Absolutely. Do I wish it were also just a little bit more? Damn straight. One of these days Pinkaew is going to realize that good script is just as important as a skilled performer to make lasting work, even in the martial arts world, and when that day comes he is going to make an absolute classic but that day has not yet arrived.

by Todd Brown - Twitchfilm.net

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Customer Review of "Chocolate (DVD) (Thailand Version)"

Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10 (2)

Kevin Kennedy
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April 30, 2009

This customer review refers to Chocolate (DVD) (US Version)
Simply amazing! Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
Oh ... my ... goodness!!! Jeeja Yanin is an absolute astonishment! If you care at all about action movies, then you simply must see her work in "Chocolate". She is an eye-popping, bone-crushing, balletic marvel!

"Chocolate" gets off to a rather turgid and confusing start, but soon picks up speed. There is a gang war between a Thai gang and Japanese yakuza led by Abe Hiroshi. The Thai gang leader's right-hand woman and Abe Hiroshi secretly fall in love. When the Thai gang leader learns of their relationship, he shoots up a lot of the Japanese thugs, forces Abe to return to Japan, and makes the woman's life an ongoing misery. Abe, however, left her with an unexpected parting gift -- she is pregnant with his daughter.

The daughter turns out to be autistic. She spends her days watching a martial arts school across the street from her home and begins to copy the moves she sees the students perform. Soon she is watching old martial arts movies on TV and copying the kicks and punches thrown by the likes of Bruce Lee and Tony Jaa. She becomes a kind of martial arts idiot savant, a social outcast crippled by her autism, but with an ability to perform seemingly impossible physical feats.

Soon that ability is put to the test when she and her cousin, unbeknownst to her mother, seek to collect on old debts owed her mother; her cancer-ridden mother desperately needs the money to pay for chemotherapy treatments. Their debt-collection efforts draw the attention of the Thai gang leader, who claims the money as his own. The autistic girl and the gang leader are headed for a showdown and it won't be pretty...

While the script is poorly written, the underlying story is very strong and holds the viewers interest throughout. Abe Hiroshi looks a bit lost in his Thai surroundings, but Jeeja Yanin is more than capable of carrying the load in this movie. Her acting is terrific and her martial arts skills are breathtaking. I can give this film no higher compliment than to say that I am eager to watch it again.
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Steve Rees
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November 17, 2008

This customer review refers to Chocolate (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
Simply Class Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
This film is brillient, and I loved it. The story line is really good, with an autistic girl learning Mauy Thai and having to help her ill mother reclaim her money back from when she bellonged to a triad gang.
The actress who played the girl was simply great, she trained for two years just to fight, and the fight scence were very good.
On top of this the story pulled at the heart in a few places and had a mix of everything, and is on par with Ong Bak and Tom Yum Goong. I really hope to see this acress do more she was great. All the actors and acresses were very good.
You will love this film, it is great, get it.........
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