The Kid with a Tattoo (1980)

Release Date - Jun 17, 1980 (USA - Unknown)  |  
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The Kid With A Tattoo shoots for a high-octane blend of kung fu and comedy but only partially succeeds at achieving that goal. The film has energy to burn: stars Wong Yue and Wang Lung Wei are talented martial artists and the film's many action scenes feature inspired choreography (the best is a scene where Wong Yue has to use his acrobatic skills on a staircase and a chandelier to outwit a stronger attacker). Director Sun Chung keeps the action rolling at a steady pace and makes good use of the familiar Shaw Brothers backlot sets. Unfortunately, The Kid With A Tattoo falls down in the comedy department. For one thing, Wong Yue's character is more a buffoon than a charmingly clueless hero and his relentless inability to figure out what is going around him is more annoying than amusing. The film also suffers from an underwritten script that takes a long time to get its plot threads working together and relies too much on chance occurrences and characters acting inconsistently to work as a satisfying story. As a result, The Kid With A Tattoo offers enough action to please the undemanding kung-fu buff but lacks the quality storytelling and charm that defines the best kung-fu comedies.