MRS K (2016) review


Mrs K (Kara Hui) is wife to a meek gynecologist (Wu Bai) and mother to a pouty fifteen year-old (Siow Li Xuan), living a peaceful life in a quiet suburban neighborhood. But, as her lightning-fast reflexes might indicate when two hapless burglars get into her house, her past is not as benign as her present. It soon emerges that more than a decade ago she took part in a brutal heist – and her partners in crime (played by directors Fruit Chan, Kirk Wong and Dain Said) are now getting killed one after the other by Scarface (Simon Yam), a dirty cop who played both sides during the heist, and ended up with a bullet in the head from Mrs K. Driven mad by the migraines and sleep-deprivation that resulted from this injury, Sarface kidnaps Mrs K’s daughter and demands a hefty ransom.


Where is Kirk Wong ?

Where is Kirk Wong ? One of the great filmmakers of Hong Kong, with films such as GUNMEN or CRIME STORY, the latter being a superb early specimen of a “serious Jackie Chan” movie, Wong followed Tsui Hark, Ringo Lam and John Woo in their temporary migration to Hollywood, directing the Mark Wahlberg-starrer THE BIG HIT in 1998. After that his last film was the 2000 TV movie THE DISCIPLES, starring Ice-T, and he didn’t even sign it with his name, preferring the usual “Alan Smithee” credit of shame. (more…)