Chocolate (2008)

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  • IMDb page: Chocolate (2008)
  • Rate: 7.0/10 total 6,992 votes 
  • Genre: Action
  • Release Date: 6 February 2008 (Thailand)
  • Runtime: 110 min | Canada:90 min (Toronto International Film Festival) | Argentina:90 min (Mar del Plata Film Festival) | UK:92 min
  • Gross: $13,925(USA)(15 February 2009)
  • Director: Prachya Pinkaew
  • Stars: JeeJa Yanin, Hiroshi Abe and Pongpat Wachirabunjong
  • Original Music By: Nimit Jitranon  Rochan Madicar  Korrakot Sittivash   
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital EX
  • Plot Keyword: Money | Thailand | Autistic | Martial Arts | Martial Arts School

Writing Credits By:

    (in alphabetical order)

  • Napalee  screenplay
  • Chukiat Sakveerakul  screenplay

Known Trivia

  • The film that young Zen and Mangmoom watch is Ong-bak. Zen also watches The Protector. Both films star Tony Jaa and were also directed by Prachya Pinkaew.
  • Some of the actors got injured and to had to be hospitalized during the shooting.
  • The film originally included Zen watching scenes from Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan movies (in addition to Tony Jaa), but these scenes were eventually cut due to licensing problems. These licensing problems also caused other scenes to be removed from the original movie. The ice factory scene was originally shot as a split screen of Zen imitating the exact same moves she had seen Bruce Lee do in a fight scene from the movie Fists of Fury. It showed a clip of Bruce Lee doing his fight moves at the same time as Zen was mimicking Bruce Lee’s moves. The warehouse scene was shot in a similar fashion, but this time it showed a split screen of Zen imitating Jackie Chan, wherein she would do her interpretation of a Jackie Chan fight routine. Eventually not only were the split screen scenes removed, but any scenes that involved Zen performing moves that too closely resembled fight sequences from Bruce Lee or Jackie Chan movies were all cut as well. The original full version that included these scenes has not been released anywhere in Thailand.

Plot: An autistic girl with powerful martial art skills looks to settle her ailing mother's debts by seeking out the ruthless gangs that owe her family money. Full summary » |  »

Story: When Zin, former girlfriend of a Thai mob boss, falls for Masashi, a Japanese gangster in Thailand, the boss banishes them: Masashi to Japan, and Zin, with her small daughter Zen, to live next to a martial arts school. Zen is autistic, with uncanny swift reflexes. She watches the students next door and Kung Fu movies, absorbing every technique. She's now a teen, and her mother needs chemotherapy. Zin has taken in a chubby kid, Moom, who watches over Zen. Moom finds a ledger listing business men who owe Zin money; he goes to them one at a time to collect in order to pay for Zin's treatment. Zen, with her martial skills, becomes his enforcer. A showdown with the boss is inevitable.Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>  

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Produced By:

  • Prachya Pinkaew known as producer
  • Panna Rittikrai known as producer
  • Somsak Techaratanaprasert known as executive producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • JeeJa Yanin known as Zen (as Yanin Vismitananda)
  • Hiroshi Abe known as Masashi
  • Pongpat Wachirabunjong known as No. 8
  • Taphon Phopwandee known as Mang Moom
  • Ammara Siripong known as Zin
  • Dechawut Chuntakaro known as Priscilla
  • Hiro Sano known as Ryo (as Hirokazu Sano)
  • Aroon Wanatsabadeewong known as Ice Man / Factory owner
  • Anusuk Jangajit known as Candy Man / Shop owner
  • Nattakit Teachachevapong known as Pork Man / Slaughterhouse Owner
  • Kittitat Kowahagul known as Epileptic Boxer
  • Thanyathon Seekhiaw known as Fur
  • Pirom Ruangkitjakan known as Petch
  • Abalhaja Soumia known as Boxer's Henchwoman #2
  • Silpakorn Mongkolnimite known as Masashi (3 years old)
  • Sasisorn Fanyapathomwong known as Zen (3 years old)
  • Thunchalaporn Chewcharm known as Zen (3 years old)
  • Patsorn Koncameesuk known as Zen (8 years old)
  • Amornpol Jeamwongsarijul known as Teenage Gang Boy #1
  • Thanakorn Sajlutikriangkri known as Teenage Gang Boy #2
  • Jirawat Silakis known as Teenage Gang Boy #3
  • Wirat Kemklad known as Teenage Gang Boy #4
  • Wanda Sangboonkro known as Teenage Gang Girl #1
  • Apitchaya Supanchat known as Teenage Gang Girl #2
  • Thaweesilp Wisanuyotin known as Zen's Doctor
  • Sompoi Ritdumrongkul known as Zin's Doctor
  • Darunee Mekvimaanrat known as Zin's Nurse
  • Sirifa Kongma known as Lady-Boys Gang Member #1
  • Saksakul Kaewmak known as Lady-Boys Gang Member #2
  • Challermchai Termputtana known as Lady-Boys Gang Member #3
  • Pramee Kalwratanapong known as Shop Owner
  • Pattaya Kuratchtchawal known as Ice Man's Wife
  • Monthon Suravitthamma known as Ice Man's Son
  • Nongkol Karkit known as Ice Man's Henchman #1
  • Chayuth Blianart known as Ice Man's Henchman #2
  • Kasim Prodontee known as Ice Man's Henchman #3
  • Panot Sookit known as Ice Man's Henchman #4
  • Thanabotin Yongsupchart known as Candy Man's Henchman #1
  • Santichai Kallayanimitr known as Candy Man's Henchman #2
  • Kitiman Seang known as Candy Man's Henchman #3
  • Narat Pattanapongchai known as Candy Man's Henchman #4
  • Nattapol Boontan known as Candy Man's Henchman #5
  • Takashi Phaenit known as Masashi's Henchman #1
  • Einosuke Okamura known as Masashi's Henchman #2
  • Daisuke Yamamoto known as Masashi's Henchman #3
  • Shinsuke Muraoka known as Masashi's Henchman #4
  • Daisuke Sekimoto known as Masashi's Henchman #5 (as Daisuke Seki)
  • Kazuya Suzuki known as Masashi's Henchman #6
  • Naowarat Seusat known as Thai Bar's Owner in Japan
  • Yutaka Somiya known as Abe's Manager #1
  • Sawako Kumani known as Abe's Manager #2
  • Hiroaki Kuroda known as Masashi's Yakuza
  • Sarchi Sarli known as Yakuza Executive #1
  • Arata Nodomi known as Yakuza Executive #2
  • Hirokazu Takeda known as Yakuza Driver
  • Yoshiyuki Sakai known as Foreman in Japan

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Production Companies:

  • Sahamongkol Film International (presents)
  • Baa-Ram-Ewe

Other Companies:

  • Kitakyushu Film Commission  film commission

Distributors:

  • Cathay-Keris Films (2008) (Singapore) (theatrical)
  • Innoform Media (2008) (Singapore) (theatrical)
  • Intercontinental Film Distributors (HK) (2008) (Hong Kong) (theatrical)
  • Magnet Releasing (2009) (USA) (theatrical) (subtitled)
  • Sahamongkolfilm Co. (2008) (Thailand) (theatrical)
  • Tohokushinsha Film (2009) (Japan) (theatrical)
  • Atlantic Film (2009) (Sweden) (DVD)
  • Cineasia (2008) (UK) (DVD)
  • Dutch FilmWorks (DFW) (2009) (Netherlands) (DVD)
  • E1 Entertainment (2009) (Canada) (DVD)
  • Front Row Filmed Entertainment (2008) (United Arab Emirates) (all media) (Middle East)
  • Madman Entertainment (2009) (Australia) (DVD)
  • Magnolia Home Entertainment (2009) (USA) (DVD)
  • Magnolia Home Entertainment (2009) (USA) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • One Movie (2010) (Italy) (all media)
  • Versus Entertainment (2009) (Spain) (all media)

..{tab=Other Stuff}Release Date:

  • Thailand 6 February 2008
  • Germany 7 February 2008 (European Film Market)
  • Hong Kong 17 April 2008
  • Singapore 15 May 2008
  • Canada 13 September 2008 (Toronto International Film Festival)
  • Finland 19 September 2008 (Helsinki International Film Festival)
  • USA 20 September 2008 (Austin Fantastic Fest)
  • UK 24 October 2008
  • Germany 7 November 2008 (Munich Asia Filmfest)
  • Argentina 8 November 2008 (Mar del Plata Film Festival)
  • USA 6 February 2009 (limited)
  • Argentina 27 March 2009 (Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema)
  • Netherlands 16 April 2009 (Imagine Film Festival)
  • Japan 23 May 2009
  • Sweden 22 July 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Kuwait 20 September 2009
  • Hungary 3 November 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Italy 22 July 2010 (DVD premiere)

MPAA: Rated R for violence throughout, and brief sexuality/nudity

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Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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