I watch a lot of short films every week, it would be nearly impossible to review even 1/4 of the ones I watch. Tony Laudati has actually been doing Kung Fu Femmes shorts for close to a decade now. From China With Love represents a huge step forward, as rather than focusing strictly on the fight scenes, time is taken to set up a story, even though the story is based on the opening sequence to From Russia With Love.
The story opens in a back alley with a sexy computer hacker portrayed being murdered and a bullet shaped thumb-drive being taken by a sultry, sullen, and dangerous terrorist named Mei Ling Li portrayed with zeal by actress Sachiko Ishida.
Mei Ling assumes the hacker's identity and goes to a meeting with Undercover Agent Harridan, portrayed with determination and voracity by Jennifer Presno . There is of course a scuffle. This is of course the signature aspect of the
|Kung Fu Femmes series of shorts.
Above Pic: A fight is brewing in the bedroom! (C) 2013 kung Fu Femmes, Dan's Movie Report Screen.
What separates From China With Love from the many previous efforts from Kung Fu Femmes is a detailed plot set up before the exuberant ladies begin the melee. At almost 12 minutes, the film represents a detailed display of Tony's abilities as a dynamic film maker, and great editor.Time is taken to set up each scene with a dramatic flair.
My only small complaint, is that the fighting takes place inside a very small hotel room, and at times, the camera has to be a bit too close to capture all of the action. The lighting is good however, and the facial expressions of the ladies while they are fighting are seen clearly. The fights are down and dirty, with some pretty cool choreography from Terry Taneie .
Overall, From China With Love represents a huge developmental step forward in the evolution of Kung Fu Femmes, and I am looking forward to watching what Tony comes up with for his next outing. I rate From China With Love a solid 7 out of 10.
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