Mrs K

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Movies -

(★★★✩✩)

WHO is Mrs K? In Ho Yuhang’s new movie, she is a mother (Kara Wai) on a har­row­ing mis­sion to res­cue her teenage daugh­ter who has been kid­napped by a man from her past.

Mrs K un­folds with­out show­ing us any­thing about the for­mer life of a seem­ingly nor­mal house­wife. As a viewer, it’s easy to get frus­trated when the un­seen story it­self is in­trigu­ing. What we know is Mrs K was the mas­ter­mind be­hind a ma­jor crime in­ci­dent and she’s ba­si­cally a wanted woman.

In­stead, di­rec­tor Ho wants us to fo­cus on the con­se­quences of Mrs K’s ac­tions. The phys­i­cal pain she bears from get­ting beaten by the man’s hench­man (a scene-steal­ing Faizal Hus­sein) and the emo­tional trauma she has ex­pe­ri­enced due to her own past deal­ings. So why root for Mrs K? Be­cause she’s a mother. We all hate to ad­mit that some­times the peo­ple we love have to do un­savoury things just to pro­tect us.

Mrs K may not de­liver on the ac­tion-packed mo­ments we’ve come to ex­pect from a for­mer kung-fu star like Wai. But it has enough emo­tional punches to get you where it mat­ters the most. In the end, you’d want to for­get about Mrs K’s past and em­brace her new iden­tity. – An­gelin Yeoh

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