Yuen Biao is mostly known as a performer but with A Kid From Tibet he gets his chance to be the man with all the answers, otherwise known as the director. Yuen Biao, in my opinion, is the most underrated martial arts performer to hit the big screen. He does some amazing moves that are jaw dropping to say the least. To start things off with A Kid From Tibet, you have to suspend reality. Okay, I know, any time you watch a movie you know there are going to be some liberties taken when it comes to gravity but this film does some great liberties with that. For me, I didn’t really think there were going to be stuff like this but I guess when you find out that Yuen’s character has magic powers, you sort of get the feeling that things are going to get pretty crazy. Yuen Biao, thank you for taking me on a great, cheesy adventure. Oh, hold up, this is the beginning of the review. Sorry about that.
Yuen Biao plays a monk who is sent by a Tibetan master to find an extremely magical bottle to rid of an evil force which is led by Yuen Wah, who is known for playing bad guys. If you look at him, you would go, “Yeah, he is set for playing villains.” Along the way, he meets a woman and protects her from the evil forces wishing to do harm to her. For a first time director, Yuen Biao does a pretty decent job. He does a great job with the action choreography and the dialogue scenes are handled well. The supporting cast does a good job in their respective roles and they look like they are having a lot of fun.
If there is anything that would make me go back to watch this, it’s the fight sequences. Even if the action is only 10 seconds, Yuen will do something that will make you remember for the rest of your life. There are a couple small action scenes but once the ending hits and we get the epic showdown between Yuen Biao and Yuen Wah, it’s a fun ride. The choreography is astonishing and makes your head spin with the sweet moves. When the characters engage in using their magic powers, the special effects are outdated but it’s moderately fun to watch. Other than the action scenes, what carries this film is Yuen’s sense of comedic timing. In one scene in the airport, he has a gun and doesn’t understand that waving a gun out in public is going to cause a huge uproar especially if you shoot it up. It’s pretty hilarious because he is just so oblivious to what is happening so for me it’s chuckles to the max.
If you are only familiar with Hong Kong action films starring Jackie Chan and Jet Li, I would suggest checking this one out. I wouldn’t necessarily consider it a classic but it is a good film to check out if you want to catch a curveball. One side note: There is a blink-and-you-will-miss-it cameo by a certain famous action star. I’ll let you do your own homework as to whom it is but I’m sure you can figure it out before you watch this.