Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actors: Michelle Yeoh, Donnie Yen, King-Tan Yuen, Catherine Hung Yan, Waise Lee
Director: Woo-ping Yuen
Genres: Action & Adventure, Westerns, Indie & Art House
Asia's top action actress Michelle Yeoh plays martial-arts legend Yip Wing Chun (the lone female Shaolin Temple student, who created her own style of kung fu) in this farcical action comedy. In their village, Wing Chun an... more »
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An action movie that women will love
(4 out of 5 stars)
"For those of you who still don't know who Michelle Yeoh is, this is THE movie to be introduced to her.For those of you who thrilled at watching Yeoh in such movies as "Tomorrow Never Dies" (with Pierce Brosnan as James Bond), "Supercop" (with Jacky Chan) and "Tai Chi Master" (with Jet Li), this is THE action movie where she is the star rather than a man's sidekick. Having said that, WING CHUN is more than a star vehicle for this former Miss Malaysia turned Action Woman, with an ensemble who have charms of their own even if their names are not as well known; and more than just kung fu fighting.Rather, this is a surprisingly sweet (and innocent) "gender-bending" "period piece" action-comedy out of Hong Kong. Marvel at such as "the fight over tofu" and -- of course -- the climactic showdown between Wing Chun (Yeoh) and "Flying Chimpanzee" but also delight in the camaraderie and charm evident in the scenes featuring Wing Chun, Aunty Abacus and Charmy, the Tofu Princess! A caveat: Even though it has plenty of action, I can't help but wonder whether some men would be unimpressed by this movie (which actually has quantitatively more as well as qualitatively wittier dialogue than most movies of its ilk!). On the other hand, I think that women (even those who don't normally like Hong Kong action movies) will find plenty to LOVE about WING CHUN (the character but also the movie)."
Good movie, great fun, Michelle Yeoh, enough said.
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is a nice movie even for casual fans of martial arts movies and more serious fans should definitely grab it. It is a period piece, but i feel that it is rather far from being a costume drama. For some excellent Chinese/HK drama, go check out "Raise the Red Lantern" or even some of John Woo's earlier work like "Last Hurrah For Chivalry" (John Woo with swords!). That said, this is an EXCELLENT action flick, fast and humorous with a plot significantly stronger than most Jackie Chan movies. I love the tofu fight scene and although some of the fight scenes verge on the fantastic (i.e. "The Executioners") and are clearly enhanced with cutscenes and camera trickery, the vast majority is good old single-shot martial arts mastery. Michelle Yeoh rocks hard and is finally allowed to look cute at the end of the film (her looking like a man is a running gag most of the way through) but the actress who plays the young widow is just plain beautiful. As noted above, the subtitles are pretty strange. There are 3 soundtracks on this disc, English, Cantonese and Mandarin and while I usually avoid dubs like the plague the subtitles on this film are so horribly done that I prefer the dubs by far. There were several times that people onscreen were laughing at a joke that was just plain nonexistant in the subtitles...it's like they let Babelfish handle the sub translation. Just stick with the english dub and you'll be in for a funny, better-than-average kung-fu experience."
Half-a-loaf of Wingchun!
Rene Ritchie | Montreal, Canada | 01/09/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"As a pure Kung Fu movie, if you enjoy the more comedic, wire-fu style, Yuen Woo-Ping (choreographer of the Matrix) delivers. Both Donnie Yen (a trained film fighter who plays Leung Bok-Cho) and Michelle Yeoh (not a trained fighter but a dancer who's consistently given great action on screen, who plays Yim Wing-Chun) personify their legendary characters with charm, grace, and ferocious martial intent.
If you're looking for a Wing Chun movie that showcases the actual Wing Chun style, however, you're better served by Sammo Hung's Prodigal Sons and Warriors Two. This movie uses the characters and style mostly in name only, with a story drawn, but far removed from, any of the traditional versions, and a style far more high flying and stunt based.
Still, I can think of no fan or exponent who wouldn't thrill just a little to see the beautiful landscapes and settings, and see the characters brought to life, and imagine what it might have been like in the days of legend."
Michelle Yeoh is Unbelievable!
Adam C. Scarbrough | San Luis Obispo, CA USA | 07/30/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Yuen Woo Ping does it again! This movie teams up two of the best there is, Michelle Yeoh and Donnie Yen. Throw in masterful fight choreography and good kung fu humor and you have another great addition to your movie collection. Wing Chun(Yeoh) is both powerful and graceful, not to mention gorgeous! She is a master of kung fu and respected by all, except the bad guys. They never learn. I am always astounded by Yeoh's skill and this movie showcases it beautifully!
Donnie Yen lives up to his reputation as usual. Incredibly fast and always showing his style and flare that nobody seems to match, he is just awesome to watch! He plays Wing Chun's love interest, that is as soon as he figures out which one she is! It is pretty comical how this all comes about. I must say that this movie is one of the funnier kung fu films that I have seen. Being both funny, loaded with great fights, and having a fairly well told story(although nothing too original) you should enjoy this one!
The only flaws in this movie are the lower quality film that was used(not the worst ever though) and the subtitles fly by in most parts of the film. Be ready to speed read! These are the reasons I did not give it five stars. This should not discourage you from seeing this though. With great action from start to finish this is one film not to be missed. Be sure to check it out!"