Wing Chun [1994]

Director : Woo-ping Yuen

Writer : Pik-yin Tang, Wing-Fai

Actors : Michelle Yeoh, Donnie Yen

Story : This one is a really special hidden treasure gem. We are talking about a kung-fu romantic comedy, they are rare, and a good one is even rarer. The beautiful Michelle Yeoh stars as Wing Chun, a skilled kung-fu master who stays with her aunt and works at their tofu shop. Their village is often target of a vicious band of thieves and Wing Chun is the only one who can stand up against them. When an absolutely gorgeous young widow comes to the village she instantly becomes the new target for the bandits, so Wing Chun takes her in and kicks every ass that comes to close to her.

What I Liked :

– Michelle Yeoh is terrific in this role, she brings a grace to the character that strengthens the whole story as well, and did I mentioned she kicks ass, really hard.

– the choreography is amazing thanks to Woo-ping Yuen, who also was the choreographer for The Matrix

– Donnie Yen has  little screen time and doesn’t bring his best, but I love him nevertheless and it is always a pleasure to watch him

– the storyline reminded me of a Shakespearian romantic comedy : girl dressed as guy, mistaken identities, love triangles, suitors sneaking in and out of bedrooms at night, just barely missing each other

– it is a rather silly comedy, the plot is weak here and there, but I had an absolute blast watching it so I can only recommend it

What I Didn’t Like:

– there are several weak aspects, but as I said I enjoyed it, so you just have to check it out yourself

Final Note :

3 out of 4

Interesting Facts :

– a legend told by Ip Man about the creation of the Wing Chun style involves a young woman Yim Wing-chun, who after rebuffs the local warlord’s marriage offer, she says she’ll reconsider his proposal if he can beat her in a martial art match. She soon crosses paths with a Buddhist nun–Ng Mui, who was one of the Shaolin Sect survivors, and asks the nun to teach her boxing. The legend goes that Ng Mui taught Yim Wing-Chun a new system of martial art that had been inspired by Ng Mui’s observations of a confrontation between a Snake and a Crane; this then-still nameless style enabled Yim Wing Chun to beat the warlord in a one-on-one fight. Yim Wing-Chun there-after marries Leung Bac-Chou and teaches him the style, which is later named after her. (wikipedia) And you are going to hear a similar story in our movie, but I hate writing spoilers.

Trailer :

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