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Chocolate
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Mar 12, 2009 By: Mathew Plale
Chocolate order
Director:
Prachya Pinkaew

Actors:
Yanin Vismitananda
Ammara Siripong
Taphon Phopwandee

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
An autistic teen (Yanin Vismitananda) sets out to pay off her mother's (Ammara Siripong) hospital bills. How? By kicking ass and taking cash.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Finally! After decades of shirtless string beans (all male) Eeeeiioowwwwwwing and Oooaaahhhwaaahhhhing their way through countless martial arts movies, here comes a new kind of hero: an autistic girl in her pre- or early-teens out to pay for her mothers piling hospital bills by collecting money owed by greedy debtors.

And how does a girl with such a disorder learn the craft of martial arts? She instructs herself by watching Tony Jaa movies (both by Prachya Pinkaew, also the director here) and the Muay Thai school next door, which teaches her (in one of many corny montages) how to catch fast-flying objects without looking

The plot, as is usual with such a movie, is essentially irrelevant and standard, all just a loose track to guide the hero, Zen (Yanin Vismitananda), from location to location so she can kick every last debtors ass, until the final encounter with her father who, of course, is involved with the Yakuza.

So how are the fight scenes in Chocolate? One-sided and loaded with post-production lettuce-chopping, as you might have figured. But Prachya Pinkaew (Ong-Bak, The Protector) is smart enough now to remember everything Tony Jaa has taught him and let his newcomer fly with it.
THE EXTRAS
The Making of Chocolate (8:58) focuses mostly on Yanin Vismitanandas training and includes behind-the-scenes footage.

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FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Chocolate differs from every other Tony Jaa and/or Prachya Pinkaew martial arts movie in only one way: a fresh face in the form of a female teenager.
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