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Awesome Martial Arts Movie From Thailand!
on 28 September 2012
Chocolate is one of my favorite martial arts movies from the 2000's. It's classic blend of over the top melodrama and fast, well choreographed action. But with a twist - the main character is an autistic girl. This major difference adds another layer to this movie - actress must be good both dramatically and physically. I personally wasn't really impressed with Tony Jaa because he just felt flat as an actor and had no charisma. As an martial artist he is unmatched but he is not very good actor. But Jeeja Yanin had both acting skills and really good martial art skills. She actually reminded me a bit of young Michelle Yeoh. The action in Chocolate isn't as good as Ong-Bak but it's still light years ahead of Hollywood. The story is very simple and has a lot heart and passion which really helps driving the plot which isn't very good. The last 20 minutes of the movie are very good action set pieces after another. I liked it better than Ong-Bak climax. But that's my personal preference.
The video and audio is top notch. There are no English dub thank God! It's Thai with English subtitles. There are a bunch of featurettes covering films production, behind the scenes footage and interviews with the cast, director and action choreographer. There are also outtakes, deleted scenes, trailers and training footage. It's around about hour and a half long. Not bad for single disc edition. If you are interested in martial arts movies you definitely check this one out. Don't snob it because Jeeja Yanin isn't as good as Tony Jaa or Jackie Chan, give her a chance to impress you. Where do you else will find a girl who can do her own stunts and act well at the same time? Not in Hollywood...