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Chocolate (Chokgohlaet)

Director(s): Prachya Pinkaew

Theatrical Release: 2008

Cast: Jija Yanin (Yanin Wismitanant), Hiroshi Abe, Ammara Siripong, Taphon Phopwandee, Pongpat Wachirabunjong, Sirimongkol Iamthuam

Genre(s): Action, martial arts, Comedy

Countries: Thailand

Location in store: Asian Cinema > Martial Arts + Samurai Films

(1 / 1)
Ant Rating
Running Time: 92m.

A kickboxing hero with a difference arises in this action saga from Thailand. Japanese mobster Masashi (Hiroshi Abe) and his Thai partner and girlfriend, Zin (Ammara Siripong), narrowly escape death at the hands of underworld boss Number 8 (Pongpat Wachirabunjong) and his bodyguard Priscilla (Sirimongkol Iamthuam), but the scuffle has unexpected consequences -- Masashi's superiors order him to return to Japan, and Zin finds she's pregnant with his child. Zin raises their daughter, Zen (Yanin Wismitanant), on her own and discovers she's autistic; one of the few things that helps bring Zen out of her inner world is chocolate, and in time the girl develops a remarkable skill in the martial arts. When Zin is diagnosed with cancer, the family cannot afford the chemotherapy that could save her life until her friend Moom (Taphon Phopwandee) comes up with a plan -- plenty of people still owe Zin money from her days as an outlaw, and with Zen as a candy-fueled enforcer, he might be able to get them to pay up and raise the funds for Zin's medical bills. Chokgohlaet (aka Chocolate) was directed by Prachya Pinkaew, who previously made several pictures starring Thai martial arts master Tony Jaa. (

Member Reviews

a special needs girl with a special kick some ass by antman - June 25, 2009
wow. i watched this totally badass thai action flick twice in a row. i originally passed on it because so many thai action flicks to follow ong bak have been completely cheesy & lame, but thanks to ilona i checked it out. and i was not let down. the tagline in the trailer is: "a special needs girl with a special kick some ass!"

i'll admit some of the fight scenes didn't look entirely believable, but with no wires & no stunt doubles, this was one action-packed spectacle! the lead, a young woman named JeeJa Yanin is definitely the next tony jaa! this was her first film. the fight choreography was unbelievable - some of the freshest moves i've seen in any martial arts OR dance movie in ages. the use of props and locations rivals anything seen in a jackie chan movie. and even tho they clearly borrowed zen's (jeeja) special skill to learn fighting from simply observing others (both in person & on tv) from heroes, i still dug it.

twitchy, break-dancing, adidas-wearing goon w/ glasses...awesome fight. after rewatching the movie, i can say that what i don't believe is jeeja's strength - her blows just don't seem to carry the force that is represented onscreen. that said, her acrobatics, finesse & moves are a sight to see. there is one woman she fights, bludgeons her repeatedly - numerous knees to chest, then a powerful kick to chest followed by a knee to face...later a double-knee kick sending woman into a pipe. ouch. another earlier sequence, zen utilizes some lockers to confine, confound & brutalize a bunch of heavies - thoroughly enjoyed this scene.

the final fight sequence on the sides of the buildings, with the use of the business signs & windows - painfully violent, yet somehow beautiful. those actors are tough as nails fo' sho' - just watch the behind-the-scenes footage during the end credits & you'll see all of the real injuries endured to make this sweet pup. i would love to see a team up with jeeja yanin & tony jaa.

oh yeah, and the story, it's far as martial arts movie plots go.