My Young Auntie is MRS. K!

by Kung Fu Bob O'Brien on July 9, 2017 · 0 comments in Buddhist Blog

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While looking at the film schedule for the upcoming
New York Asian Film Festival (June 30th -July 16th) I came across a very interesting title MRS. K, starring Kara Hui Ying-Hung.

POSTER- MRS K
The actress is best known for her work at Shaw Brothers studios where she often worked with director Lau Kar-Leung, including playing the lead role in the kung fu classic
MY YOUNG AUNTIE (1981). Though she entered the business making period kung fu films, Miss Hui was just as adept at handling firearms and kickboxing her way through modern-day action films like 1988’s THE INSPECTOR WEARS SKIRTS (and it’s sequels), WIDOW WARRIORS (1990), and MADAME CITY HUNTER (1993). She has appeared in over 140 films at this point, and showed us in recent years that her action skills have not faltered when she memorably fought Donnie Yen in 2011’s WU-XIA (aka. SWORDSMEN). Over the years she has proved her acting merit in everything from straight dramas like HAPPINESS (2016), horror features such as RIGOR MORTIS (2013) and DAUGHTER (2015), clear through to romantic comedy LOVERS & MOVIES (2015).

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Now we here at Shaolin Chamber 36 can appreciate this talented actress in any role. But when we hear that she’s returning to an action role as the lead in a new film? Well, we are extremely excited!

There’s not a lot of information available on the film yet (with not even a mention on HKMDB), but here’s what we do know… It’s a Malaysian film made in 2016, directed by Ho Yuhang (who previously directed Miss Hui in 2009’s AT THE END OF DAYBREAK), and along with “Auntie”, MRS. K also stars fan-favorite and frequent Johnny To collaborator Simon Yam (THE MISSION, 1999, John Woo’s BULLET IN THE HEAD, 1990), Wu Bai (NEW POLICE STORY, 2004), Faizal Husseien (BUNOHAN: RETURN TO MURDER, 2011), and Tony Lau. Adam Chung Tai-Chan, whose work includes NAKED KILLER (1992) and REIGN OF ASSASSINS (2010), is involved in the film’s stunts.

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Here’s what they had to say about the film on the festival website (
https://www.filmlinc.org/festivals/new-york-asian-film-festival/#films)

“This could very well be the spectacular swan song for the amazing action career of Hong Kong actress Kara Wai, an icon of 1970s and 1980s Shaw Brothers films. Whatever the eponymous Mrs. K might have been, she isn’t anymore, until a former associate (Simon Yam) tracks her down seeking retribution for a past misdeed.”

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If you can make it to the festival for the screening, it’s playing at 5:30 PM, Saturday, July 15th, at the SVA Theater at 333 W 23rd St, New York, NY 10011.

Based on the trailer it looks a bit like a female-led riff on a TAKEN (2008) or JOHN WICK type film; a retired assassin unwillingly thrust back into the world of bloodshed to rescue her kidnapped daughter. Perhaps the 57 year old actress will get the chance to revitalize her career as a mature action star, along the lines of Liam Neeson, or the cast from THE EXPENDABLES films (2010-2014)? We can confidently say that Miss Hui definitely has “a very particular set of skills”, the kidnappers will get more than they bargained for, and we’ll be first in line to buy tickets!

Here’s the trailer:

MRS. K (2016)- Kara Hui Ying-Hung action film

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