There are no English subtitles. But, I am leaning toward the notion they are not really necessary for this film. After the first half hour or so, there is little need for dialogue as Jeeja gets wound up and moves from one setpiece to the next, leaving scores of injured men in her wake. The sound of pain and suffering is universal. And anyway, some of the dialogue is in English.
The heavy security deployed during the film's theatrical run in
When Tom Yum Goong was released in Thailand in 2005, it wasn't long after that bootleg discs of the film began appearing on the streets. I haven't seen that this time around for Chocolate -- oh sure, there's probably still some piracy going on, it's just not as overt as before.
Not long after the film leaves cinemas, the DVDs and VCDs are released, and in Thailand the prices are kept relatively low. At the 7-Eleven in my office building, the VCD of Chocolate is 99 baht -- about US$3. It's a tempting impulse buy, right there at the cash register. The initial single-disc DVD was retailing at Mangpong for 169 baht -- not much more, less even in some cases -- than the price of admission to the movie. Now the two-disc special edition is out already, and it's going for around 350 baht. I have been tempted to pick up the VCD, though the chapters of the DVD do make it handier to hit the highlights.
Prices are considerably higher if you mail-order Chocolate from such places as eThaiCD or HK Flix, because they have to pay to import the discs. And you still don't get subtitles, but if you want what you want and you want it now, well there you go.
Chocolate has been playing in Hong Kong, where it opened at No. 2, according to Box Office Mojo. And next week, it opens in Singapore. In both these territories, it is entirely possible that an English-subtitled DVD might not be far behind. But maybe not.
- Jeeja profile
- Chocolate rated Category IIB in Hong Kong
- Chocolate ready to begin international onslaught
- Three more Jeeja clips
- Chocolate star on the talk show circuit: The clips
- Chocolate on Valentine's Day
- Bittersweet Chocolate
- Weinsteins gobble up Chocolate
- Another bite of Chocolate, other Thai films at the European Film Market
- Review: Chocolate
- Chocolate: The press premiere
- Chocolate star has a new name, but just call her Jeeja
- Chocolate website goes live, really
- Chocolate star on the talk show circuit
- Chocolate release date moved up to February 6, going head-to-head with Stephen Chow's CJ7
- Chocolate: The comic book
- Promo reel for Chocolate