Time for another installment of our February “Martial Arts Mayhem: Fighting Femmes Festival – 2016”. This time out? Well how about some “female empowerment” from a somewhat unexpected source, the country of Brunei, with a look at director Siti Kamaluddin’s 2014 “Yasmine”.
Our synopsis goes like this: “Living alone with her strict father, Yasmine is a free-spirited girl, sometimes unruly and even rebellious. When her father tells her she’s been refused a school loan and must study far from her friends, at a grim public college, she takes the news very poorly. To top it off, Adi, her old school’s silat prodigy with whom Yasmine is hopelessly in love, now has his eye instead on her rival Dewi, also a practitioner of that same martial art. So she joins the humble silat club at her new college, building a friendship with her teammates Ali and Nadia. Soon she convinces them to join her in signing up for the same intercollegiate silat competition that Dewi and Adi are participating in, with hopes winning Adi’s affections once more. Yasmine is forced to undertake her training in secrecy, because her father harbors an unexplained contempt for the sport and forbids her any involvement with it. As the first round of the competition approaches, Yasmine is driven to excel at all cost, possibly even the loss of her newfound friends. Eventually, her unbridled ambition, her single minded vendetta with Dewi, and her fixation on Adi will soon push Yasmine to learn the secret why her father wants nothing to do with silat.”
Sound a little like “The Karate Kid”? Well… yes… but being a film from Brunei, I was certainly expecting something a wee bit different. Trust me… Brunei is definitely not a place I really associated with “female empowerment”. Nope. So was I surprised or disappointed with what was on hand? Guess you’ll have to “Read On” and find out, won’t you? 😉
Psst! This way for more!
January is soooo almost gone, and it strikes this wee lady that I’m still being a big ol’ lazy slug when it comes to being active here at the ol’ Litterbox. Sigh…
I’m almost back to my perky, quirky, downright silly self for the most part, so I guess I don’t really have any good excuses for my continued lack of attention to things. Plenty of healthy exercise this month and a renewed effort to get back to my Tai Chi swordplay regimen regularly have me back to the kind of physical shape I ought to be in. OK, then… You know what that means, right? No more excuses, Miyuki!! Time to rally this wee Catgirl’s “Warrior Spirit”, take a deep breath, and plunge back into things with everything I’ve got.
With that in mind, I’m dedicating the month of February to yet another go at a theme Review Festival… and this time out it’s gonna be movies all about us feisty ladies kicking serious butt. So…. get yourselves ready o’ Gentle Visitors, for “Martial Arts Mayhem: Fighting Femmes Festival – 2016”. 😉
I’ve got a whole pile of recent Martial Arts female centric films on hand, and I’m definitely gonna spice it up with a look at a couple of old classics I’ve been itching to watch again. Just the kind of thing to get the ball rolling around here again.
Oooohhh! And to get ya in the mood for the kind of action this wee lady’s talkin’ about, o’ Gentle Visitors, how about a little video taste of things to come…Watch out! Every Lady is Kung-Fu Fighting!! 😉
Whew… February is soooo nearly gone, but the snow lingers on here at the ol’ Litterbox. March rapidly approaches and in an attempt to shake of the seasonal doldrums that have me in their evil clutches I thought I might try to do another Themed Movie Review Marathon this upcoming month. How to choose? Well that was easy…. 😉
As usual it was my very sensible and very together wife and sweetheart who accidentally sparked my mind and solved my problem. Of late my wee brain has been all goofy and nostalgic and all my thoughts are slipping back to fond memories of lil’ Miyuki’s adventures in blissfully warm Summers past. I’ve already wrote about my memories of “Banana Republic” here at the Litterbox, and as always that ended up being a silly lil’ chat between us one chilly evening as we settled in for bedtime. (What? You mean none of you carry on intimate lil’ conversations with your significant other about your childhood dreams of being a jungle explorer? 😉 )
Telling her that reminded me of that Summer… the one where I wore that silly khaki explorer getup of mine just about forever (at least whenever my Mom would let me, that is…)… and… as it happens… that was also the year “Raiders of the Lost Ark” first came out…. Oh yeah. THAT movie…. 😉
Then Carolyn reminded me… it’s been 34 years since that movie came out. 34 YEARS!! Gosh, how this wee Catgirl sometimes forgets just how long ago my childhood really was… So, anyways…. my idea is to revist that wonderous movie with a Nekolishous “Lil’ Kitten Classics” Review of “Raiders” at 34 years along… followed throughout the month with oodles of other cinema “classics” errr… ummmm… “insprired” by it’s legacy. Some fairly good ones… some really bad ones, a couple of foreign ones…. and maybe even a few “surprises” along the way. (Possibly even a Triple Feature “shared review” with blogging friends, if they are up for the fun… 😉 )
Yep, o’ Gentle Visitors. So that means it’s time to grab your bush hat, trusty leather jacket, pack your rucksack with survival goodies, and sharpen your machete! This March, “Adventure awaits!!” Cue that theme music!!