With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013

With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013
With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013

Friday, September 23, 2011

ACF 1158: "Chocolate Underground" at IFC Center this Saturday & Sunday

Chocolate Underground / Chokorêto andâguraundo
Directed by Hamana Takayuki 
Japan, 2009, 97 min
Where: IFC Center
323 6th Avenue @ West 3rd Street, NY, NY When: Saturday & Sunday, Sept 24th & 25th @ 11:00am
Recommended Ages: 7 to Adult (Subtitled)

It is the not-too-distant future, and society is run by the Good For You Party, an all-powerful government organization that has outlawed all things sweet and delicious - and most especially chocolate. Gigantic sniffing robots patrol the streets, zeroing in on even the faintest chocolaty scent and sending all sweet-toothed lawbreakers to jail for "re-education" (think Orwell's 1984, but with candy).  Unable to resign themselves to a lifetime of bland, healthy foods, teenage best friends Smudger and Huntly decide to take matters into their own hands and create the Chocolate Underground, a secret club where revolutionaries can indulge in their coveted confections.

This tasty, tongue-in-cheek allegory comes to a head when the boys stumble upon an abandoned mine filled with sugar and cocoa beans, leading to a climactic showdown between the free-snacking youth resistance and their corrupt Big-Brother oppressors.  Featuring a perfect mix of fast-paced action scenes and montages fueled by a sugar-sweet J-pop soundtrack, Chocolate Underground is a delectable celebration of chocolate freedom, and a film to make even Willy Wonka salivate!

Chocolate Underground is presented by the NY Int'l Children's Film Festival.

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