TIFF ‘08 Preview: Chocolate

Chocolate - Prachya Pinkaew

There’s no denying that Thailand has become the action movie capital of the world, usurping the throne from Hong Kong thanks to such films as Ong-Bak, Tom Yum Goong, and Born to Fight. And the latest Thai actioner, Chocolate, directed by Prachya Pinkaew (Ong-Bak, Tom Yum Goong), looks to continue that trend.

A young girl (Yanin ​“Jeeja” Vismistananda, in her debut performance) is born with severe autism. Which apparently gives her the ability to recall all of moves from the countless martial arts movies she’s watched while growing up. Which definitely comes in handy when you have to start beating folks up to get the money they owe your mother.

Yeah, the storyline sounds as flimsy as balsa wood, but if the trailer is any indication, the sheer amount of ass-kicking on hand will more than make up for any dramatic shortcomings. I fully expect that this film will start full-scale riots of awesomeness when it plays at the Midnight Madness program. I just wish I could be there when it does.

Check out Chocolate​‘s official TIFF entry here.