What pops up in your mind when you hear the word “unbeatable”? A hero? A boxing match? Exactly! Here, I am going to introduce you the movie “Unbeatable” which films about mixed martial arts (MMA) – a modern sport of today.
This Hong Kong-Chinese film was directed by Dante Lam, a well-known film director of Hong Kong action cinema. Basically, the story is about the main character, Ching Fai (Nick Cheung) who won the World Champion title at an MMA competition twice, met with a determined young man named Lin Si-Qi (Eddie Peng) who wants to win the MMA competition. Ching Fai then became Si-Qi’s mentor and eventually he finds back his passion to fight for himself and the ones he cares for.
By just looking at the poster, I am sure that most people would be attracted to their muscular bodies. Especially to those who have been working out hard to achieve the desired six-pack abs. This movie will definitely motivate them to go to the gym more frequently than before in order to shorten the time taken to reach their goals.
Nick Cheung, who is a Hong Kong actor, won the big award at the 16th Shanghai International Film Festival held on 16 June 2013. This is the seventh time, for different occasion, in his journey of being awarded as Best Actor. Not to forget about the Best Actress Award, which surprisingly goes to a 10-year-old girl named Crystal Lee from our lovely country, Malaysia. In that instance, I can no longer wait to watch “Unbeatable”.
Let’s look at some feedbacks regarding the film. A Hollywood Reporter, Clarence Tsui writes “It’s this mix of tears and laughter amidst the blood, sweat and broken necks that make Unbeatable an enjoyable vehicle.” I have no objection to his statement because his say hits the central point of the film accurately. While watching the movie, be it the practice session or during the competition match, one will get inspired by them easily. Putting myself into the situation where they train and boost up their stamina as well as build body muscles, I definitely could not be as determined as they were. Perhaps, the phrase “give up” would not be found in their vocabulary.
As we all know, a mixed martial art match is full of aggressive and impulsive actions from both contestants. A powerful fist or a pull on body parts might cause one to suffer from injuries. For example; dislocated limbs, broken arms and legs, nose bleed and etc. The most horrible consequence could be a broken neck. And this was exactly what was shown in the film. Could you ever imagine the scenario where a fighter is being thrown to the surface of the stage by his opponent? By not looking at the fighter’s facial expression, the sound of broken bones in the neck is terrifying enough. In that instance, we as the audience could feel the shivers running down our spine, but not the pain they had suffered. Let’s put it this way; if a Taekwondo trainee needs to overcome hundreds of obstacles to reach the Grand Master rank, I would say an MMA fighter’s efforts are much more than theirs. This shows that it is not an easy task to become a winner or even world champion of MMA.
That was the exciting part of “Unbeatable”, and here comes the funny part of it. As mentioned earlier, Ching Fai taught Si-Qi some fighting techniques and had a few practices with him. There was the time where both of them came to fight, to be exact, a pre-boxing match. In the midst of the match, Si-Qi accidentally kissed his mentor’s lips. Of course, they are not portraying homosexuality, but to fool each other. It is a way to reduce the tense moments in the film.
In short, “Unbeatable” never fail to excite and entertain the audience.
If you are questioning about the Best Actress Award and why it went to a primary-school-aged-girl, probably you might want to grab yourself a movie ticket. It all depends on the judgments every individual makes. I would say it is because the emotions she portrayed in the film itself which successfully brought back the main character’s confidence and passion on MMA. As to the jury of 16th Shanghai International Film Festival, they said “Crystal Lee struck us with her life force – her vitality, playfulness and heart. Crystal’s wonderful performance provides the emotional centre of the film around which all the other actors revolve and creates a great double act with Nick Cheung. She is an outstanding – and outstandingly young – new talent!”
So, if you have an interest in MMA, or fans of the cast, or even want to witness all the things I’ve shared above, there is no reason why you should not watch “Unbeatable”.