Mrs K

A wildly enjoyable Tarantino-esque martial arts thriller. Veteran Hong Kong action star Kara Wai returns in kick-ass form as a housewife taking on the underworld.

Mrs K sees veteran martial arts star Kara Wai (Dragon) in her second come-back film with director Ho Yuhang (following At the End of Daybreak), alongside a cast of Asian cinema legends. Wai plays Mrs K, a former underworld player turned wealthy domestic goddess. When a stranger blackmails Mrs K about her past misdeeds she quickly gets rid of him, hoping it'll be the end of the matter. It's not – more unsavoury characters from her past show up and kidnap her daughter. Mrs K is forced out of her sheltered existence to punch and fly kick her way to redemption. With stylish action sequences, a touching story of familial loyalty and a luminous performance by Kara Wai, Mrs K is a thrilling, high-energy ride.

Given Mrs K's abundance of Tarantino-esque tropes – the spaghetti western theme, the talky stand-offs, the sporadic moments of splattering gore – it's perhaps safe to describe its Malaysian director Ho Yuhang as having delivered his ‘Jackie Brown Kills Bill'… Hong Kong veteran actor Kara Wai makes a cracking return to the action-movie roots that propelled her to fame in the 1970s and 1980s. – Clarence Tsui, The Hollywood Reporter

Festival guest: Ho Yuhang

 

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Ho Yuhang

Malaysia, Hong Kong

97 mins

Cantonese, Mandarin and Malay with English subtitles

15+

2016

Ho Yuhang

Lina Tan, Lorna Tee, Ho Yuhang, Albert Lee

Teoh Gay Hian

Mun Thye Soo, Sharon Chong

Kara Wai, Simon Yam, Wu Bai

Asia, Crime, Women

World Sales: Emperor Motion Pictures