2018 / 103m - China
Oolong Courtyard: KungFu School poster


September 03, 2021


A belated sequel. I never watched the first film, but that's hardly a problem. If you're familiar with the type of comedy Chow/Ng did in the 90s, you should feel right at home here. The biggest difference comes from the HK/China switch, with China still struggling to nail the tone and vibe of their comedies.

Two street hustlers get caught in the act, in return to have to steal a divine stone from a monastery. They manage to sweet talk the monks into letting them stay, but the longer they stay with them, the more they start to feel at home. Other parties are also looking for the stone though, and the monastery becomes a real battleground.

The mix of comedy and action feels familiar, but somehow China doesn't really have the talent (yet) to pull off this type of expressive comedy. There are some fun gags, the pacing is solid, and I never got bored or disinterested, but in the end, the film left me longing for the original. Decent filler, but know what you're getting yourself into.