My Schoolmate, the Barbarian
Hong Kong 2001
Directed by Wong Jing.

Stephen Fung is a rich, smart kid sent to the worst school in the city, where classroom disputes are settled in a makeshift arena in an abandoned classroom. Nicholas Tse is the reigning fight champion of the school. He takes Stephen under his wing and teaches him to fight to survive, while Stephen for his part teaches Nic how to study. Could have been a lot of fun, and the arena fights, courtesy Ching Siu-Tung, are pretty good. But they're way too few and far between, and when the fights move out of the arena and into a garage full of Triad baddies, the choreography becomes so over the top that it just isn't believable nor enjoyable. As with most Wong Jing films, its packed with a lot of ideas, but none really well thought out or executed.

Rating: Marginally Recommended (Marginally Recommended)

Posted by Peter Nepstad on May 14, 2004.


Just saw this film and I mostly agree with your review. But mostly I have a question, is the guy who plays "Big Dog" (name from the English subtitles) related to Wong Jing. He sounds and looks so much like him, I can't help wondering if he is his Wong Jing's son.

Posted by: DJ at May 6, 2008 09:03 AM
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