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The diminutive Mr. Weng and his partner take on a gang of Mexican bandits and sinister ninjas in California's 18th century. Helped along by a tribe of native little people, the team up with a local mute and rescue pretty girls from the local warlord.Written by
Ever wanted to see a dwarf with a greasy Purdey haircut and a cool line in ruffled shirts mowing down bandits with a Gatling gun? Of course you have, and Wild Weng Weng is where you can.
Diminutive Filipino star Weng Weng plays Mr. Weng, one half of a crime-fighting duo sent to discover what has happened to the mayor of rural town Santa Monica. When he and his full size partner Gordon (Max Laurel) arrive at their destination, they find the place under the control of wicked bandit Senor Sebastian (Romy Diaz), who has been killing anyone who tries to escape.
With the two-and-a-half foot tall lead kicking ass, aided by Gordon and a tribe of nearly naked pygmy natives, Wild Wild Weng sounds like hugely entertaining trash, but despite its ridiculous premise the film actually proves extremely boring for much of the time, Weng Weng's novelty appeal quickly wearing off, leaving the viewer to struggle with a weak plot and poorly executed action.
There's the occasional glimmer of genius - Weng Weng escaping prison under the cowl of Gordon, who is disguised as a monk, is priceless - and we get a couple of Filipino cuties to please the eye (Yehlen Catral and Nina Sara), but on the whole this is nowhere near as enjoyable as it should be.
4/10, marked down to 3 for mute Lupo (Max Alvarado), who isn't quite as mute as I wished he was (his mumbling irked me immensely, and I hate being irked!), and some of the crappiest ninjas imaginable.
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