Siu nin a Fu (The Kumite) (Star Runner) (2003)
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Cool martial arts film and I see this also has an emotionally and touching between the teacher and student. The fights range from decent to good, and the final brawl in an international kickboxing tournament is impressive. Korean actress Kim Hyun-Joo is so beautiful and Vanness Wu is okay, but theirb characters is also the weakest element of the film.
It was funny getting a cantonese movie when I thought this was a taiwan-korea collaboration. the main characters are visibly dubbed-over whilst speaking their native languages, which added to the groan-factor of this movie. Still, it was worth a few laughs, if only to hear those funny dubbed cantonese expressions that I haven't heard in ages, e.g. "Don't dismantle my signboard", which the movie started with. It's a lot funnier in canto, than the translation suggests :)
The DVD box is completely misleading- this is not a movie called 'Kumite', but a 90s HK flick called Star Runner. The US release is badly dubbed, but honestly, there wasn't much to work with in the first place. Good action, but strange premise. I think the overall message Star Runner sends is that it's okay and not at all inappropriate to be a student, and fall in love and sleep with your teacher. Oh yeah, and somewhere along the way, there's a martial arts tournament.
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