Saturday, April 16, 2011

Chocolate (2008)

Featuring: JeeJa Yanin, Ammara Siripong. Director: Prachya Pinkaew.

No, this movie isn't a sultry romance featuring Johnny Depp or the most popular documentary on Netflix once a month. Instead, we have a very enjoyable and original martial arts flick that is part stylish, part Kick-Ass, part adorable and completely awesome.

The story centers around a young autistic girl who has the ability to learn any form of martial arts just by watching it once. She's no Bruce Lee, but if she watches a Bruce Lee movie she can pick up all his moves. In fact, I chuckled uncontrollably when she made Bruce Lee style noises in an ice factory (like Bruce Lee did in The Big Boss) which made me like the movie from early on.

The girl's mother had ties to the underworld and when the mother gets cancer the girl and her well-meaning, chubby, childhood friend go about trying to collect from the bad guys that owed her mother money to pay for treatment. This of course leads to lots of opportunities for the young savant to take baddies out. There's something satisfying about watching a little girl beat up a bunch of grown men. Kind of like in that movie Kick-Ass (except this movie is completely different).

Don't get me wrong, a lot of this movie is kind of sad. But, it makes your eyes so damn happy that if you like martial arts movies at all you should really check this one out. This is a solid movie, with good action, a satisfying conclusion and enough uniqueness to make it worth a view. Give it a try, you won't be sorry.

Click here to add this movie to your Netflix queue.

According to Netflix this movie will stop streaming on 7/30/12. Of course, sometimes they lie.

The Standard 5:

Why is it in your queue? I read the description and my interest was piqued.

Is it artsy? No, but it is subtitled. For some that counts.

What stood out the most to you? The Bruce Lee homage as well as the really awesome fight choreography at the end of the movie.

What mood should I be in to watch this movie? Looking for some ass-kicking goodness.

What rating did you give it on Netflix? 3 Stars. 


  1. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this movie. It is refreshing just to watch a simple movie with great, and I mean great Martial Arts action. This girl (woman) who plays the main character is amazing. Make sure to watch through the credits to see the outtakes. It will blow your mind a little. Not much in terms of special effects here, this shit is legit.

  2. Thanks .. I'm so love this movie ..


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