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If you don’t instantly recognize the name Prachya Pinkaew, maybe the name Tony Jaa will help. Prachya Pinkaew was the director on Jaa’s two breakthrough films, “Ong Bak” and “Tom Yum Goong” (known in the U.S. as “Ong Bak Warrior” and “The Protector”, respectively). Prachya Pinkaew’s latest is the oddly titled “Chocolate”, but don’t let the name fool you, it’s all about an ass-kicking female fighter.
The film’s premise is pretty “out there”, and the boys over at 24Framespersecond have more:
‘Chocolate’ stars newcomer Nicharee “Jeeja” Vismistananda as an autistic girl who learns how to fight both by absorbing her martial arts skills from what she sees on TV and from the Muay thai boxing school next to her home. When she finds a list of debtors in her sick mother’s diary, she decides to go collecting. Her quest leads her to confrontations with criminal gangs and also her father, a member of the Japanese mafia.
An autistic girl who kicks ass. Wow. Here are some posters for the film (no trailer has surfaced yet):