What I'm guessing will be Sahamongkol Film International's first 3D movie (though not the first Thai 3D film), Chocolate 2 is being promoted at the European Film Market. Twitch had something to say about it.
I actually read about this awhile back in one of Thailand's English-language newspapers. Okay, it was The Nation. It was during the flurry of year-end round ups and new year's previews and I never got around to blogging about it until now.
From what I recollect from the newspaper article, Chocolate 2 will be at least partly filmed in Japan.
Jija Yanin returns as the autistic savant martial artist. She's the daughter of a yakuza heavy, portrayed by Hiroshi Abe, who will also reprise his role. The story looks to be picking up from where the first film left off, with the girl and her father finally united after being kept apart by bad blood between the yakuza and a Thai mobster – a feud that resulted from Abe's character falling in love with the mistress of the Thai mafia chieftan.
Prachya Pinkaew is directing. And yes, as Twitch mentions, he's got plenty going on. There's the South Korean-Thai co-production The Kick, which he's also directing. That has Jija in a supporting role. Meanwhile, Prachya's helmer-for-hire job for Hollywood, Elephant White is in post production. Hope to hear more about that sometime.
(Via Far East Films)