Kung Fu Master is my Grandma!
Hong Kong 2003
Directed by Bowie Lau.

Isadora Chan is a troubled girl who was sent to a juvenile home after fighting some guy. While incarcerated, her mother died, leaving her in the care of her grandmother (Helena Law Lan), whom she hates. She's mean, and she has that "old people" smell that she can't stand. But it turns out Law Lan is a resourceful grandma -- she leads a Tai Chi class and is respected by all the old folks in the apartment complex. The young girl comes to discover that the smell she hated was medicine, and grandma is not long for the world, and eventually the two form a bond. Helena Law Lan owns this picture from beginning to end, and fans will enjoy her performance. But nothing much ever happens, and what does happen is predictable family drama. A running joke is that the retirement home is populated by characters from the old Wong Fei-Hong movies, but other than the names and some peresonality traits, nothing ever comes of this. Note there is no actual kung fu in the movie, other than Tai Chi exercises. Shot on video.

Rating: Not Recommended (Not Recommended)

Posted by Peter Nepstad on January 07, 2005.

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