The Impossible Kid
The Impossible Kid of Kung Fu
Twinkle, Peter M. Caballes (executive) for Liliw Films International
directed by Eddie Nicart
starring Weng Weng, Romy Diaz, Nina Sara, Tony Carreon, Ben Johnson, Rene Romero, Efren Lapid, Lita Vasquez, Chicklet Moreno, Ruben Ramos, Joe Cunanan, Romy Nario, Ben Morro, Boy Bañes, Renato Morado, Rolly Esteban, Vangie Evangelista, Amor Siron, Avel Morado, Jessie Lee, Jess Ramos, Jose Dura, Nini Dela Rama, Jimmy Milallos, Alma Siron, Barbara Manipol, Ailice Siron, Gina Samonte, Irene Robles, George Gyenes, Lee Scott, David Anderson, Neils Elcehorn, Jack Holltz, James Crumrine, Fred Esplana, Jay Grama, Erning Reyes, Roland Falcis, Eddie Samonte, Rey Abella, Lito Navarro, Gil Bandong, Joe Andrade, Jess Bonzo, Joe Estrada, Roger Santos, Remy Nocum, Ernie Gubaton, Mando Manarang, Tony Bongat, Ramon Tiangco, Jimy Custodio, Mike Manarang, Triumpo Garces, Rodrigo Faculto, Rey Garces, SOS Daredevils, Original Thunder Stuntmen
story by Cora Caballes (as Cora C. Ridon), screenplay by Greg Macabenta, music by Pablo Vergara, stunt coordinator: Eddie Nicart
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Several Filipino businessman are kidnapped and murdered by the
terrorist organisation Cobra, which eventually sends a video to the Chamber
of Industialists, threatening to kill a businessman every day until the
Chamber agrees to pay 1 billion Pesos, to be fairly shared by all the
businessmen in the room. Businessman Simeon (Tony Carreon) agrees to pay
up a little too quickly, but the money transfer is foiled by diminuitive
Interpol Agent 00 (Weng Weng), who hides in the moneybag to get his hands
on the crooks. But of course, the men he captures here are only lowly
goons, the brain of Cobra still remains as elusive as his identity remains
Thing is, Simeon is not happy that the money transfer has
been thwarted, neither is the head of the Camber of Industrialists Manolo
(Romy Diaz), and before long they demand Agent 00 to be drawn off the
case. Agent 00 of course smells a rat when he sees one, and suspects
Manolo from square 1 ... but his boss (Ben Johnson) relieves him of duties
nevertheless - officially at least, inofficially he strongly suggests for
Agent 00 to stay on, as it might be easier now to follow up leads anyways.
Agent 00 makes it onto Cobra's yacht - where he's promptly captured, put
in a cage, and then the cage is thrown overboard to drown him - but one of
the girls in Cobra's employ has a soft spot for the little man and fishes
the cage out of the sea. In the meantime, Manolo and Simeon have convinced
all members of the Chamber of Industrialists to pay up, and only when they
deliver the money it becomes clear that the both of them are really the
masterminds behind Cobra - but of course they haven't taken into account
that Agent 00's still alive, and ultimately they get their just desserts
while Agent 00 gets the girl.
Now a James
Bond-style espionage/action movie with a 2'9" lead is of
course always some fun - however politically incorrect that will sound I
have to admit. As a whole however, The Impossible Kid is no
masterpiece, rather your typical Filipino action romp, made on a budget
too low to make all special effects come across as convincing, and fuelled
by rather low-brow humour and fits of violence ... and seen as a exotic
and nostalgic party movie reminiscent of the early VHS era then, this film
is just what the doctor ordered, it's fun, it's easy to follow, the action
while not terribly well exectuted never lets up, several scenes are just
too ridiculous not to love, and the ways the diminuitive hero is worked
into the plot are just endearing.
To put it shortly, you'll laugh - you
may or may not like it all that much, but you'll probably really laugh.
review © by Mike Haberfelner
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