Monday, February 16, 2009
Chocolate - ช็อคโกแลต - 女拳霸
Chocolate (女拳霸) was recently released in the theatres in the USA on February 6th and than on DVD a week after on February 10th. Very strange release schedule. It was released on 7 screens for a total take of $11,180 for the Feb 6 - 8, 2009 weekend.
Chocolate is a Thai film released in Asia in 2008 staring Yanin "Jeeja" Vismistananda named Zen as an autistic girl who happens to have a couple of special skills. The first is super sensitive hearing that allows her to catch balls and other objects as they are projected towards her. The second is the ability to master and mimic martial arts moves just by seeing it.
If you have those 2 special skills, you can pretty much kick super butt and ask questions after.
The movie has a few layers revolving the main character. The main plot point is that Zen's mother Zin needs treatment for cancer and they need to pay bills. Moom, a stray that Zin picks up is Zen's best friend and like a brother, starts doing street performances for loose change to pay for medicine. But Zin's condition gets worst and they need more money. Moom finds a black book of people that owe Zin money. Moom and Zen set out to reconcile these accounts. Well, these guys don't want to pay Zin back. Zen has to take it back. Cue action!
I liked the sub plots in the movie and it kept the fighting relevant. There was a reason for the fighting.
Jeeja Yanin is tiny and she does a great job selling the action. The behind the scenes was really eye opening. It reminding me of Red Trousers. The stunt men are risking their lives to make a shot.
Movie is worth the wait and lives up to the hype!