Anna in Kung Fu Land
Hong Kong 2003
Directed by Raymond Yip.

Miriam Yeung stars as the daughter of an ex-Shaolin Monk, who comes to Hong Kong to win a martial arts championship and prove her father's righteousness. Ekin Cheng is the organizer of the tournament. It's love at first sight, only trouble is, he's already got a girlfriend (Denise Ho) and its all he can do to keep the two from finding out about each other. There is something tragic about the fact that a kung fu movie made in Hong Kong can be filled with so few martial artists doing so little, while most of the actors simply get CGI enhanced action. Yasuaki Kurata has very little to do as Miriam's father, but his first meeting with Ekin Cheng, in which Ekin is mistaken for a thug attacking his school, is among the best scenes in the movie. The tournament is unspectacular and predictable, the comedic relief provided by Tats Lau and Hui Siu-Hung is no longer fresh.

Rating: Not Recommended (Not Recommended)

Posted by Peter Nepstad on December 20, 2004.

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