The Impossible Kid (1983): Philippines – directed by Eddie Nicart
Not rated by the MPAA – contains silly violence, some mild language, Weng Weng, and some nudity
In this foray into the crazy world of Agent 00 (played by 2’9″ Filipino actor Weng Weng), director Eddie Nicart appears to have learned some lessons from making For Y’ur Height Only [review here]. It is unfortunate he would go on to forget all these lessons in the Weng Weng western D’Wild Wild Weng [review here].
Although The Impossible Kid (also known by the title The Impossible Kid of Kung Fu) is a far superior movie to For Y’ur Height Only, its production is still quite terrible. It is better to watch this movie with a group of people, making up the plot as you go because the movie offers so little exposition.
The film opens with a quick sequence involving Agent 00 capturing a sniper intent on killing him. This scene involves being lowered by a rope over a building (which leads to peering into hotel window rooms, with risque results) and then sneaking into the hostages’ room, hiding on the ground. Weng Weng is so short no one sees him if he crawls along the ground. Punching ensues, as Weng Weng always gets his man.
After the rescue proves successful, the actual plot gears up. Apparently there is a Ku Klux Klan-lookalike intent on kidnapping wealthy industrialists and holding them for ransom. He claims he needs the funds to launch his terrible scheme, whatever that might be. Fortunately for his evil plan, these industrialists tend to gather for regular meetings, during which the bad guy’s message can be played to them.
The police force is unwilling to accede to the demands of the terrorists. The industrialists, on the other hand, fear for their lives and are more than happy to throw money at the bad guy. Senyor Manolo (Romy Diaz, who played the evil, flamboyant governor in D’Wild Wild Weng) takes up the role of leader of the industrialists. Agent 00, however, suspects there might be something more going on.
I’m not too sure what happens with the rest of the plot. Money is exchanged, Weng Weng hides in a trash can that’s being used as a drop-off for a ransom, the worst model of a boat blows, and Weng Weng punches a lot of people. This time around the film manages to include actual nudity, something that seemed rather surprising to me.
The parallels to James Bond movies have been ratcheted up, too. Weng Weng has an easier time kissing every girl he passes, whether she has clothes on or not. Some of the music is stolen straight from Bond films, and The Pink Panther theme also works its way into the soundtrack. Weng Weng does have his own theme music, which is fantastic.
This film is terrible; there is no doubt about that. It is also unquestionably better made than the two previous Weng Weng features I reviewed. Some of the same problems persist in The Impossible Kid: the acting is terrible, the dubbing is hilarious and bad (though they only used four or five different voices for Weng Weng this time, instead of the six or seven For Y’ur Height Only utilized), the editing and directing are poor, and the plot has been given very little consideration.
In spite of these problems (or perhaps because of them) The Impossible Kid is a fun and charming movie. There is more of Weng Weng doing what he does best, there’s some great theme music, and more laughable moments than a dozen B-grade science fiction films. For anyone who ever had any interest in the pint-sized Filipino action star, do not miss The Impossible Kid. For someone who does not feel particularly inclined to watch a Weng Weng film, watch this one with a group of friends.