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Wing Chun (1994)





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Wing Chun is a martial-arts film with an unusual feminist bent, inspired by a true historical figure. In 19th-century China, a pack of bandits attacks a remote village, attempting to kidnap a beautiful young widow named Charmy. However, they are foiled by Yim Wing Chun, a local tofu-shop owner who also happens to be a fearsome fighter; she defeats the thieves nearly single-handedly. This infuriates the evil bandit leader, who turns his full forces against the town in an effort to recapture Charmy. As if this weren't trouble enough, things become even tougher for Wing Chun when her childhood sweetheart, now also a martial-arts master, arrives in town after an absence of many years. On his return, he immediately falls in love with Charmy, mistaking her for Wing Chun -- and mistaking the real Wing Chun for a man. These farcical manueverings provide the backdrop for numerous fight sequences, which are filled with astoundingly acrobatic choreography skillfully performed by Hong Kong action star Michelle Yeoh. Especially notable is the final showdown between Wing Chun and the bandits, which proves once and for all it's not the size of the weapon, but the way that you use it. ~ Judd Blaise, Rovi

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Michelle Yeoh
as Yim Wing Chun
Donnie Yen
as Leung Pok To
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Critic Reviews for Wing Chun

All Critics (4)

Funny, entertaining stuff thanks to some great fight scenes and wire stunts and the force of nature that is Michelle Yeoh.

December 28, 2004 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Wonderful fight choreography, full of wire moves.

July 14, 2003 | Rating: 4/5

The tofu fight ranks among Yuen's finest work -- and that includes The Matrix and Crouching Tiger.

May 7, 2003 | Rating: 5/5

Audience Reviews for Wing Chun


This should have been a lot better, Yuen Woo Ping's comedy timing certain lacks more balance. This type of material is more fit for someone like Lau Kar Leung, or even Stephen Chow in his prime. Mrs Yeoh does a good job as usual, and Donnie Yen plays a fun character instead of his tiredsome "stone cool guy" persona. But the fights feel rushed, and no, they're not actually using wing chun. Watch The Prodigal Son if you want actual wing chun done right.

Tsubaki Sanjuro
Tsubaki Sanjuro

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Wing Chun surprises with its fast pace and excellent physical comedy. Fight scenes are also convincing. The entire setting is not very original, but amusing and that is what really counts. The bad guys are rather faceless, but not a big disappointment. The film isn't really a drama or action film, but rather a fast-paced slapstick. A fun experience and an admirable Kung Fu flick.

Steven Vincent Gee
Steven Vincent Gee

Super Reviewer


Michelle Yeoh was superb as the heroine of this epic martial-arts and little comedy film.

Dean McKenna
Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

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