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Chocolate Elsewhere

from the NY Times

Chocolate (2008)

Chocolate

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“Jija” Yanin Vismistananda in the 2008 film “Chocolate,” directed by Prachya Pinkaew.

Portrait of a Martial Artist
By NATHAN LEE

“Chocolate” is dedicated to “the unconditional love given to all the special children in the world,” which is a cheeky way to kick off a movie about a little girl with a gift, very special indeed, for kicking grown men in the face.

It’s true that Zen (Jija Yanin Vismitananda), born to a humble Thai woman and a Japanese gangster, exhibits behaviors that suggest autism, or at least some poorly acted simulation of it: abnormal shyness, primitive syntax, rocking back and forth, an extreme aversion to houseflies.

Fortunately, she has been endowed with a natural mastery of the martial arts, much of which she appears to absorb by watching “Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior” on television.

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Posted on February 8, 2009 by Editor

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