My Kung Fu Sweetheart (2006)

Master filmmaker Wong Jing continues to mine the "Kung Fu" box office phenomenon that was started by Stephen Chow Sing-Chi's Kung Fu Hustle (2004). After working 2 features out of the mahjong angle, here he reaches deep into his bag of tricks to give us a funny film that blends the wuxia fantasy with the romantic comedy.

Yuen Qiu and Yuen Wah are together again as kung fu masters and parents of Cecilia Cheung Pak-Chi who is a kung fu master herself, having been trained at a magical Academy run by Wong Yat-Fei. For the wuxia segments, Producer Wong brings back the crazy effects that he used in films like Holy Weapon (1993) and Kung Fu Cult Master (1993). Action Director Benz Kong To-Hoi keeps things fast, furious and quite entertaining.

The romantic comedy segments are a different matter. Ms. Cheung turns in a heart-warming performance. She actually looks like she's having a good time at work. Director Wong's choice of Leo Koo Kui-Kei as the leading man slows everything down. I guess Louis Koo Tin-Lok was unavailable for shooting. Look for Actor Wong as a funny character who joins the adventure and the ubiquitous Hui Siu-Hung who is always good for a few laughs.

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