Two years after it was announced during the COVID-19 pandemic, Jennifer Linch’s martial arts supernatural comedy has finally arrived and while it will not be everyone’s cup of tea, this film is definitely a steppingstone for the young filmmaker and martial artist.
Daisy is a young woman who has received a letter than has announced the death of her grandfather. An inheritance is waiting for her in the United States. She travels to the States and learns that in order to gain the inheritance, she must stay in the house for a week. This is something she clearly does not want to do. She is not happy but decides to go along with it anyway. She soon discovers two ghosts, one of her grandfather, and one of a mysterious man named William.
As Daisy adjusts to living with the two ghosts, a group of treasure hunters led by Warren are looking for a precious artifact in the house. When Daisy is confronted by the goons, her grandfather discovers to his horror that she knows no kung fu. After temporarily taking over her body, he is determined to teach Daisy the ways of kung fu to make herself a better fighter. In addition, Daisy finds herself slowly attracted to William, but a secret hanging above him could end things for the duo.
There is a new action-comedy star in the midst. In 2020, at the height of the pandemic, Jennifer Linch was determined to get a movie made. Using a minimal crew and a house, Linch would craft a film inspired by her passion of kung fu comedy, supernatural romance, and fantasy kung fu films. After two years of post-production, the film has finally arrived and quite frankly, it is quite fun and emotional.
Linch herself provides comedy from the moment she appears on screen with her cat while giving the feline her bills to pay. She also plays the anti-kung fu student. She has no interest in learning kung fu at first. However, once she realizes things can get serious, she begins to train but still manages to be funny, especially when she is asked to do a split between two chairs, an homage to Jean-Claude Van Damme, who in turn was inspired by Linch’s brother.
The supporting cast do pretty well, notably David S. Dawson as the grandfather who becomes Daisy’s mentor and Noah Sargent who plays William, a mysterious ghost whose reasoning for being in the house isn’t really revealed until the third act. Rene Fernandez is great as mastermind villain Warren, who constantly sends in goons to look for a precious artifact hidden within the house. The goons’ arrival cause Daisy to first be possessed by her grandfather until she begins her training.
Jason Truong’s fight choreography is actually pretty decent for an American B-movie as we get to see Linch, a talented martial artist herself utilize her skills and the way things are, she could do well with her next projects. Here, we get a taste of Linch showcasing her fight skills and one can only see what we can see next for her.
Kung Fu Ghost is the steppingstone for the next “female action-comedy star” in Jennifer Linch. This is just the beginning of what could be a successful career in the industry. The film has comedy, romance, ghosts, and kung fu!
WFG RATING: B+
Vision Films presents a Nameless Studios production. Director: Jennifer Linch. Producer: Jennifer Linch. Writer: Ivan White. Cinematography: Jerome Dolbert. Editing: Jennifer Linch.
Cast: Jennifer Linch, David S. Dawson, Noah Sargent, Rene Fernandez, Shane Alexander, Eddie Lain, Whitney Wegman-Wood, Mark Atkinson, Kiki Yeung, Amber Grayson.
The film will be released on Digital on August 2 from Vision Films.