1 August 2016 | nicholls_les
Good movie but not really a Kung Fu Film
Not a bad movie at all and it tells an interesting story of Aicha, a young Turkish girl who wants to learn kung fu. Her Turkish parents, like many immigrants want her to get good grades and get into medical school. Defying her family, Aicha starts secretly training at a professional, co-ed kung fu club. A boy, Emil, helps Aicha train for the club championship and they fall in love. Aicha is forced to decide who she is and what she wants.
This is more a movie about culture and it shows how immigrants to the west with Muslim values never really get to fit in as they cling to traditional ways of doing things. The coldness and at time cruelty of her father is probably not very unusual in similar family's. The fact that Aicha wants to do Kung fu is sort of irrelevant as she could have chosen anything that her family didn't approve of.
As for the movie itself Semra Turan is pretty good as the main character, although there is to much of her running in panic that gets a bit annoying. Cyron Melville as Emyl, the boy who falls for her is a decent actor, pretty good acrobat but clearly not a martial artist. I've never liked movies that overly feature wire work but this is what the director wanted.
So if you like good Kung fu movies this isn't really for you, but as a movie about clashes of cultures it is pretty good.