Wing Chun | Theater Critic's Choice | Chicago Reader

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Michelle Yeoh (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) established her strong and graceful screen persona with this 1994 Hong Kong adventure, which retells the centuries-old legend of a village heroine celebrated for her skill in the martial arts. The title character is a virtuous tomboy who learned her fighting skills from an abbess and wears mannish clothing (to the chagrin of her neighbors), and after rescuing a young widow from a gang of bandits she becomes entangled in a comedy of mistaken identity and mismatched love. Director Yuen Wo-ping later choreographed the fights in The Matrix and Crouching Tiger, though his work here is much more daring and elaborate, exploiting Yeoh's acrobatic skills in one breathtaking sequence after another. 90 min. A 35-millimeter print will be shown. Gene Siskel Film Center, Art Institute, Columbus Drive at Jackson, Saturday, March 31, 4:00 and 8:00, and Sunday, April 1, 5:00, 312-443-3737.

--Ted Shen

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