Aicha, a high-school student, is a passionate kung fu fighter. Her Turkish parents expect her to get good grades so she can get into medical school, like her brother Ali. But school doesn't...
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Aicha, a high-school student, is a passionate kung fu fighter. Her Turkish parents expect her to get good grades so she can get into medical school, like her brother Ali. But school doesn't inspire her. 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. But the rules of life are not as simple as the rules of kung fu, and Aicha is forced to decide who she is and what she wants.Written by
remarkable passionate entertaining, great direction
Makes the Karate Kid look like Romper Room.
Not a martial art movie as such, more of a coming of age film, but the reason it caught attention is that the fighting scenes are actually better than you would find in films that actually ARE fight films! Great direction, great acting. Great use of background and motion. The central character has many scenes where she is running seemingly without direction or purpose, a metaphor for the twists and turns in her life.
Does a great job of showing western viewers the "other" side of the coin, what is like to come from a culture that limits expression rather than encourages it.
Very engaging. Highly recommended.
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