33925KUNG-FU-POSTER-2-LOWRESVerdict: Value for Money

Pinoy Rebyu Score: 3.54 (6 ratings)

Genre: Comedy

Writer/Director: Onat Diaz

Cast: Ai-Ai delas Alas, Marian Rivera, Roderick Paulate, Gloria Diaz, Edward Mendez

Synopsis: Charlotte (Ai Ai de las Alas) is from a family of beauty queens, but she has yet to win a title of her own. Her final chance is the Hiyas ng Dalampasigan Pageant, and her mother has taken steps to make sure that she wins. But her chances are dashed when the mysterious Samantha (Marian Rivera) suddenly joins the contest. The two become bitter enemies following the contest, but they are soon forced by destiny to team up. It turns out the two have a hidden connection to a mystical past, and must work together to discover the truth about their heritage. (Click the City)

MTRCB Rating: PG-13

Running Time: 115 mins.

Trailer: 

Reviews:

4.0         Philbert Dy (Click the City)

Kung Fu Divas is a tricky little film. Behind the broad humor, the kung fu antics and the heavy use of VFX lies this fairly subversive take on the pressures put on women to be a certain kind of beautiful.” (Read full review)

4.0         Zig Marasigan (Kristn)

Kung Fu Divas embraces its own ridiculous premise with a unique visual style that is both funny and incredibly satisfying.” (Read full review)

4.0         Duane Lucas Pascua (Spot.ph)

“Though it may seem like a complex cluster of different pop culture references, Divas pulls everything together neatly and with almost no fluff. And with all the visual complexities and satirical remarks imbedded in the narrative, it never forgets to do what it is supposed to do—make us laugh.” (Read full review)

4.0         Forg (Pinoy Exchange)

Kung Fu Divas is far from perfect but the level of commitment displayed on screen and the surprising heartfelt take on defining a person’s identity puts it a notch higher than your typical local mainstream movie.” (Read full review)

3.75         Irvin Malcolm Contreras (A Girl and a Gun)

“The concept is wonderfully weird and far out. It’s both a satire on beauty pageants and the Filipino obssession with it and a spoof of sorts of kung fu/wu xia films.” (Read capsule review)

1.5         Skilty Labastilla (Young Critics Circle)

Kung Fu Divas is deliberate in its campiness, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. But the only acceptable goal of any self-aware camp is to subvert the status quo. Sadly, Kung Fu Divas‘ only goal is to generate cheap laughter. Although it has a subtle message that external beauty is secondary to a pure character (e.g., Edward Mendez falling in love with a pre-‘Belofied’ Marian Rivera), it easily drowns that message by ironically giving importance to fancy accoutrements (the kitschy costumes), queenhood (both beauty queens and royalties), and male physical beauty (with Mendez practically half-naked the whole film and the women literally dropping their knickers for him).”