Written by: Michael Den Boer on January 19th, 2006
Theatrical Release Date: 1982
Director: Eddie Nicart
Writer: Greg Macabent
Cast: Weng Weng, Nina Sara, Romy Diaz, Ben Johnson, Chicklet Moreno, Rene Romero, Ruben Ramos, Boy Banes, Joe Cunanan
DVD Released: January 18th, 2005
Approximate Running Time: 90 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 Full Frame
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono
DVD Release: Treeline Films
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: Only Available in the Martial Arts 50 Movie Pack $29.98
The Impossible Kid now finds our hero Weng Weng working for Interpol. His lastet mission is too protect a group of rich industralists from the dialbolical Mr. X who is deemanding that each of them give in to his ransom demands and pay him off or he will have them asassintaed. Ever the super spy Wentg Wneg suspects foul play and this time he may have bitten off more then he can chew.
The Impossible Kid despite being a sequel to For Your Height Only is not a retread of the previous film. Sure there are many action/spy film clichés that are employed in this film but then if you are a fan of these types of films then you know what to expect going in.
There are a few changes this time around like Weng Weng’s voice is deeper manlier and it severely alters the tone of the film. Also in The Impossible Kid those around Weng Weng don’t take him too seriously at times and underestimate the full extent of his powers because of he is so small. One thing that made For Your Height only work so well was the fact that everyone acted as if he was the same size as them and they keep a straight face. The bad guys are pretty standard and not to bright in this film. Just watch Weng Weng in For Your Height only face off against Mr. Gaint and you can see that they made it nearly impossible to top the pervious films bad guy.
The action scenes are first rate once again as Weng Weng uses his height to his advantage. The films theme music is also pretty cool as it makes reference to the super spy Weng Weng. The score also borrows music from the Peter Sellers film The Pink Panther. Apparently there is another film in the Weng Weng 00 saga as The Impossible Kid ends with the proclamation “Watch for Weng-Weng in License Expired.” As of this writing this third film has yet to surface for public consumption. The Impossible Kid may not be a slick as For Your Height Only, still it is a worthy sequel that only helps to add to the legend of Weng Weng.
The Impossible Kid is presented in a full frame aspect ratio and the action appears to remain in frame without any noticeable cropping issues. There is noticeable print damage in the form of specs of dirt and starches. There are also some mild issues with compression and artifacts. Colors look good as they don’t bleed into each other and the image looks reasonable sharp through out.
This release comes with only one audio option an English dubbed audio track which is presented in a Dolby Digital mono. The audio has some minor hiss and the dialog is easy to understand. The music and effects sound evenly mixed with no problems with distortion. Overall while this audio track is average at best it does get the job done.
The Impossible Kid is part of a 50 movie budget DVD release and like most of these types of extras the extras are virtually non existent. What you do get besides The Impossible Kid is forty nine other martial arts films/TV. Shows and the titles are Kung Fu Arts, Shaolin Deadly Kicks, Bruce Lee: The Invincible, Killer of Snakes, Fox of Shaolin, Chase Step by Step, Deadly Duo, Ninja Champion, Spirits of Bruce Lee, City Ninja, The Four Shaolin Challengers, The Brave Lion, The Snake, The Tiger, The Crane, Black Fist, Head Hunter, The Black Godfather, Fist of Fear, Touch of Death, The Street Fighter, Weapons of Death, Fighting Mad, Return of the Kung Fu Dragon, Image of Bruce Lee, Death Machines, Sister Street Fighter, Karate Kids USA, Death of a Ninja, Ten Fingers of Death, Ninja Empire, The Real Bruce Lee, Hands of Death, Shadow Ninja, Four Robbers, Infernal Street, Weapons of Death, The Big Fight, Ninja Death I, Ninja Death II, Ninja Death III, Tiger Love, The Guy with the Secret Kung, Kung Fu Kids Break Away, Ninja Heat, Shaolin Invincibles, Shaolin Temple, Ninja: The Protector, Heroes of Shaolin Part 1, Heroes of Shaolin Part 2, Snake Fist Dynamo, The Master: Max and The Master: Out of Time Step.
Now that is a lot of action for your buck and despite these transfers’ being all overall the place quality wise all these films are more then watch able. Weng Weng proves once again why he is the man and why all the ladies melt in his arms. Even though this release of The Impossible Kid is far from perfect it is most likely the best this films may ever look on home video.