The Kung Fu Girl

Film, Action and adventure

Time Out says

This traces the activities of a group of revolutionaries in the period during which General Yuan Shih-kai was attempting to subvert the new republic and have himself made emperor, a move which entailed signing away North China to Japanese control. Lo Wei turns in an atmospheric film, possibly - in some of its imagery, and in its use of a 'family' as the cell which infiltrates Japanese High Command and the upper echelons of Peking government - revealing influences from Communist China. Cheng Pei Pei (from Golden Swallow) builds a character of muted but intense single-mindedness, wit and intelligence. Lo Wei obviously delights in his own role as a particularly unpleasant turncoat commissioner, and (directorically) cannot resist adding his familiar humorous brush-strokes. Nevertheless, the more delicate mood of encroaching horror and staunch resistance dominates the film.


Release details

89 mins

Cast and crew

Lo Wei
Lo Wei
Cheng Pei Pei
Ou Wei
James Tien
Jo Shishido
Lo Wei