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The Bare-Footed Kid (Chik geuk siu ji) (1993)

  Directed by: Johnny To
Written by: Nai-Hoi Yau
Starring: Maggie Cheung, Aaron Kwok, Lung Ti
Links: The Bare-Footed Kid on the IMDb, Buy on Video
Genre: Action

This movie gets: 7.00 (1 rating) Ranking: not yet ranked (awaiting 2 ratings)

"Different than the usual Shaolin Kung Fu story" - a review by timchuma

Aaron Kwok plays a fresh-faced country bumpkin who arrives in town looking for work after his father dies. He ends up at the Four Winds Dyers run by a widow played by Maggie Cheung and her assistant played by Lung Ti.

Things are not going well for them as the right hand man of the local Lord is corrupt and hassling them all the time to get control of their business. The Kid tries to help them out, but is a bit overenthusiastic and is told to leave before he gets them into more trouble.

Just as he is about to leave on the ferry, his girlfriend of sorts (the one who tricked him into learning how to write "sonoabitch" instead of his real name - primary school teachers can be really mean sometimes), comes to see him off and he decides to take a job with the Lord's assistant so he won't be bullied.

Settling in to his new shoes and fine pimpin' clothes he rushes back to his friends to give them presents, only to find his girlfriend is not too impressed with his new job (you can't please everyone). Also, the evil dude is trying to set him up for a fall so you just know what is coming. There are some great fighting scenes towards the end though.

I have to admit I forgot some of the plot of this movie as whenever Maggie Cheung appeared on screen I only watched her.

I did like Aaron Kwok in the fight scenes though, especially in the tournament where he puts big black foot marks on people's faces. I don't know if he is in many other Kung Fu movies though.

If you like dramatic Kung Fu movies that are different to the usual Shaolin Temple vs. Bad Guys setting I would recommend this movie to you.

timchuma gives this movie 7 out of 10.
Review created on Mon 14 Feb 2005

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