The Impossible Kid (1982) from Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy; Greg Wroblewski)

Tuna and I have both praised For Your Height Only, the offbeat Filipino movie about a 2'9" clone of James Bond. The Impossible Kid is the sequel, in which the diminutive Weng-Weng again plays "Agent Double O."

While For Your Height Only had been a straightforward Bond parody, right down to the high-tech gadgets, The Impossible Kid is actually more of a chopsocky film, in which Weng-Weng is now an agent of Interpol. It's not as consistently funny as the original. It has a few inspired moments, but it derives 75% of its humor from the same gag: Weng-Weng defeating one or more six footers in hand-to-hand combat. That joke is pretty funny the first time, and might have worked once more in a special situation, but when it's employed repetitively, it fails to deliver laughs during the reprises. Of course, Weng-Weng inevitably ends up punching his opponent in the dick, so that's always good for a chuckle.

The greatest difference between the first one and this one is that For Your Height Only was dubbed into English by some truly demented guys who realized the comic potential of the film and topped it off with surreal and comical 1930s film noir dialogue. The Impossible Kid was dubbed by a much more literal-minded group, and occasionally seems boring.

It's still amusing in spots. Here are some of the film's highlights:

  • A group of Filipino industrialists, accompanied by Weng-Weng, listen to a tape from some "terrorists," which ends with the admonition that "this tape will self-destruct." Sure enough, in a few seconds, the entire television explodes! A few seconds later, however, Weng-Weng and his boss are shown listening to the very same tape in the Interpol office, and it seems to be in fine condition!

  • The head terrorist turns out to be one of the industrialists, yet earlier in the film he himself would have been blown up by a live grenade tossed by one of the terrorists, except for the timely intervention of the little fella! Now THAT'S a good cover.

  • I have no idea what Weng-Weng's real voice sounds like, but in the English-language dubbing, his voice is provided by someone with a smooth baritone, ala Shadoe Stevens! (That was not true in the earlier film.)

  • Weng-Weng is very unusual for a little person in that he has the agility of a professional gymnast and can run quite fast. (Well, his legs move fast, anyway. Obviously he doesn't cover much ground per stride.) He doesn't seem to move like a typical little person, but rather like a very athletic young boy. This enables him to do some tremendous stunts and some astounding fight scenes.

  • In one of my favorite moments. Weng-Weng is asked to leave the industrialist's house after appearing uninvited. He beats up a few gigantic mobsters who try to manhandle him, then walks out on his own. As he casually walks past a few more henchmen, he punches one of them in the nuts - for no reason at all other than to show that he's the alpha male.

  • The dialogue is bizarre. At one point in the tape, a terrorist says, "I am the leader of a world-wide organization - with affiliates all over the world." (As opposed to, I suppose, those world-wide organizations which are not actually world-wide.)

  • At one point, Weng-Weng and his tiny motorcycle escape from some baddies by leaping over a chasm, Evel Knievel style. From the decidedly non-parabolic arc of the flight, it is obvious that the stunt is not done with forward momentum, but by having the entire cycle attached to a wire!

The end of the film gives us hope that the little fella will appear in a third adventure called License Expired, but that film apparently never got made, at least to my knowledge. It's too late now because Tuna tells me that Weng-Weng's license to kill has been revoked by the Almighty himself. A hero in his native Philippines, the li'l warrior received a state funeral procession in which one guy carried the coffin under his arm. When the procession reached the shore, Weng was placed upon a paper boat and accorded a Viking funeral. Of course, arrows would not have been practical, so one of the dock hands ignited his little barge with a lit cigarette.



  • No features, but 49 other movies - all for less than thirty bucks new! (Fourteen bucks used!) See full list below.
  • Note: Although I obtained this movie in the collection linked to the left, called "Martial Arts 50 Movie Pack,"  it seems to be in the public domain, and you can pick it up for free here.


There are two topless women - one in bed, one in a shower. Neither is identified in the credits.

Additional DVD Note:

The Impossible Kid, starring Weng Weng, is packaged with all of the following:


  • Kung Fu Arts starring Carter Wong
  • Shaolin Deadly Kicks starring Dorian Tan
  • Bruce Lee: The Invincible starring Bruce Li
  • Killer of Snakes, Fox of Shaolin starring Carter Wong
  • Chase Step by Step starring Chee Kung
  • Deadly Duo starring Carter Wong
  • Ninja Champion starring Bruce Baron
  • Spirits of Bruce Lee starring Michael Chan
  • City Ninja starring Michael Chan
  • The Four Shaolin Challengers starring Bruce Leung
  • The Brave Lion starring Wei Tzi Yung
  • The Snake, The Tiger, The Crane starring Carter Wong
  • Black Fist starring Richard Lawson
  • Head Hunter starring Chow Yun Fat
  • The Black Godfather starring Rod Perry
  • Fist of Fear, Touch of Death starring Bruce Lee
  • The Street Fighter starring Sonny Chiba
  • Weapons of Death starring Eric Lee
  • Fighting Mad starring Leon Isaac Kennedy
  • Return of the Kung Fu Dragon starring Sun-Kuan Rin-Feng
  • Image of Bruce Lee starring Bruce Li
  • Death Machines starring Ron Marchini
  • Sister Street Fighter starring Sonny Chiba
  • Karate Kids USA starring Charles Lane
  • Death of a Ninja starring Sonny Chiba
  • Ten Fingers of Death starring Jackie Chan
  • Ninja Empire starring Jeff Houston
  • The Real Bruce Lee starring Bruce Lee
  • Hands of Death starring Roc Tien
  • Shadow Ninja starring Steve Tung Wai
  • Four Robbers starring Shek Hon
  • Infernal Street starring Yiu Tin-Lung
  • Weapons of Death starring Eric Lee
  • The Big Fight starring Roc Tien
  • Ninja Death I starring Lo Yiu
  • Ninja Death II starring Lo Yiu
  • Ninja Death III starring Lo Yiu
  • Tiger Love starring Hu Chin
  • The Guy with the Secret Kung starring Fu Meng Fei
  • Kung Fu Kids Break Away starring Wong Lat Yung
  • Ninja Heat starring Chan Sheng
  • Shaolin Invincibles starring Carter Wong
  • Shaolin Temple starring Shu Feng
  • Ninja: The Protector starring Richard Harrison
  • Heroes of Shaolin Part 1 starring Chen Xing
  • Heroes of Shaolin Part 2 starring Chen Xing
  • Snake Fist Dynamo starring Eric Yee
  • The Master: Max starring Lee Van Cleef
  • The Master: Out of Time Step starring Lee Van Cleef

    The Critics Vote ...

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    The People Vote ...

    • IMDB summary. IMDb voters score it 8.4/10! (That's higher than most winners of the Best Picture Oscar.)
    The meaning of the IMDb score: 7.5 usually indicates a level of excellence equivalent to about three and a half stars from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm watchability, comparable to approximately two and a half stars from the critics. The fives are generally not worthwhile unless they are really your kind of material, equivalent to about a two star rating from the critics, or a C- from our system. Films rated below five are generally awful even if you like that kind of film - this score is roughly equivalent to one and a half stars from the critics or a D on our scale. (Possibly even less, depending on just how far below five the rating is.

    Our own guideline:

    • A means the movie is so good it will appeal to you even if you hate the genre.
    • B means the movie is not good enough to win you over if you hate the genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an open mind about this type of film. Any film rated B- or better is recommended for just about anyone. In order to rate at least a B-, a film should be both a critical and commercial success. Exceptions: (1) We will occasionally rate a film B- with good popular acceptance and bad reviews, if we believe the critics have severely underrated a film. (2) We may also assign a B- or better to a well-reviewed film which did not do well at the box office if we feel that the fault lay in the marketing of the film, and that the film might have been a hit if people had known about it. (Like, for example, The Waterdance.)
    • C+ means it has no crossover appeal, but will be considered excellent by people who enjoy this kind of movie. If this is your kind of movie, a C+ and an A are indistinguishable to you.
    • C means it is competent, but uninspired genre fare. People who like this kind of movie will think it satisfactory. Others probably will not.
    • C- indicates that it we found it to be a poor movie, but genre addicts find it watchable. Any film rated C- or better is recommended for fans of that type of film, but films with this rating should be approached with caution by mainstream audiences, who may find them incompetent or repulsive or both. If this is NOT your kind of movie, a C- and an E are indistinguishable to you.
    • D means you'll hate it even if you like the genre. We don't score films below C- that often, because we like movies and we think that most of them have at least a solid niche audience. Now that you know that, you should have serious reservations about any movie below C-. Films rated below C- generally have both bad reviews and poor popular acceptance.
    • E means that you'll hate it even if you love the genre.
    • F means that the film is not only unappealing across-the-board, but technically inept as well.


    Based on this description, this film is a C, but if you're curious, get For Your Height Only, which employs the same concept more effectively.

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