REVIEW: Kick Ass Girls (2013)

Three girls get suckered into fighting in an underground smuggling ring, and they use their hot bods to fight their way out.


By Raymond Arcega
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Kick Ass Girls

Original title: 爆3俏嬌娃
Year: 2013
Country: Hong Kong
Language: Cantonese
Genres: Action, Martial Arts, Comedy
Director: Cheuk Wan-chi

Meet Boo (Chrissie Chow), a fitness trainer who’s down on her luck. She tries to revive her hybrid home and boxing gym by hiring hottie Miu (Dada Lo), who is also down on her luck after being kicked out by her boyfriend. Together, they swindle lonely horny men into becoming customers with lessons composed of half boxing and half strip show. Because all men would pay for a gym membership if they see an advertisement for a new coach saying “She’s easy to get in bed”. Girl power.

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Later on we meet TT (Hidy Yu), Boo’s ex-best friend who is trying to patch things up, even after stealing our fake trainer heroine’s boyfriend. TT even shows up to Boo’s birthday party with the boyfriend. Pretty effective way to mend a friendship, yeah? But hey, at least she’s the only member of the main cast with genuine athletic ability.

One night they are visited by businesswoman Zhuge (Chris Tong), who offers the girls a job after they defeat a group of thugs, which Zhuge herself dispatched into their home. The job: become Zhuge’s bodyguards in Malaysia for a few days. The salary: nice enough to pay the rent on the gym. The twist: get schemed into a human trafficking scheme, composed of underground death fights.

But wait a second, how the heck did Boo and company even become targeted in the first place? Did Zhuge say something like “This place looks nice”?

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The three girls take a VIP tour of Malaysia, without stopping to wonder why they are partying and crashing in high class hotels, instead of bodyguarding. Because even if you are in danger of losing your home, it’s okay to party with champagne and take selfies.

Don’t be surprised if you are confused like the rest of us, as the film gets lost when trying to decide if it wants to be a story about girl empowerment, exploitation, or martial arts. Thank director Cheuk Wan-chi for cramming in all three themes into the story, building up to one explosive moment in which the girls don S&M suits, lure male guards into their prison cells (“How dare they put on those suits?!”), and proceed to beat the crud out of them.

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You will probably be further confused as the three girls try to pass off kiddy tetherball punches as boxing. But it’s okay; they worked pretty hard on their choreography, to the point you can almost see them counting each dance step mentally. Stunts must be hard if your day job is a model.

Above all, the story spoils itself from any kind of suspense by featuring the three girls in an interview way before ending, with the presenter asking them “How did you survive the whole ordeal?” This kind of masterful writing can can only come from the mind of director Cheuk Wan-chi, who also stars as the random goth assistant to lady Zhuge, Amy.

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If you think the definition of girl empowerment is to give all the females the power to get what they want because they can pretend they are easy to get in bed, then Kick Ass Girls is for you. If you can forgive the inability to do convincing fight choreography because the perpetrators have boobs and hips, then Kick Ass Girls is a work of art. Above all else, if you think girl power means dumbing down every single male character to being horny or angry, or both, then Kick Ass Girls is a masterpiece.


Watch this film if…

…if you you think nice butts and racks are what it takes to make convincing action heroines.


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