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