Chapman To writes, directs and stars in this Hong Kong-based karate drama that transforms Stephy Tang from a frivolous starlet into a legitimate martial arts performer. Tang plays the half-Chinese, half-Japanese daughter of a karate master, who discovers upon her father’s death that she must share ownership of his prized dojo with a disgraced former pupil. Eschewing many of the familiar tropes and cliches of the redemptive sports drama, To creates a unique and absorbing oddity that suggests the comedic performer may have a promising future behind the camera.
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