Chocolate (2008)Posted: February 20, 2010
Director: Prachya Pinkaew
This is a Martial Arts film and not a Romance title. That threw me off the first time I heard the name of the title. It mostly in the Thai language with some Japanese and English thrown in during the dialog. The story isn’t that deep but that’s not really why you would watch a film like this. The director’s other works include Ong-Bak and The Protector, that should give you a good idea of what to expect.
The plot goes along the lines of: A Thai woman has a child with a member of the Japanese Yakuza and the mother decides she doesn’t want to raise the child in the mafia setting so she leaves the guy and raises the child on her own. The girl/young woman has some sort of mental condition while the mom gets hit with a form of Cancer. The young woman has a natural gift for the Martial Arts (fan of Bruce Lee and Tony Jaa) and she uses that gift to “earn” money to pay for her mother’s treatment. Trouble follows.
The lead actress does her own stunts and some of the moves she pulled off really impressed me. It has the difficult to defeat “final boss”, noticed a bit of “Kill Bill” influence in one of the fight scenes near the end of the film.