“Oh, thank God! Asians!” the red-haired woman whose purse is being stolen cries out, relieved, in “Brush with Danger.” She has spotted Alice (Livi Zheng) and Ken (Ken Zheng), whom she just assumes to be martial-arts experts and, as cinematic luck would have it, they are.
One of the many strange things about this film is that Alice and Ken, who are fictional siblings portrayed by real ones, never say where they’re from. Instead, we get numerous references to Asia in general and the occasional sentence beginning, “In my country.” (Livi Zheng, who directed, is a University of Washington graduate from Indonesia.)
We do know that they arrived in Seattle with a group inside a shipping container; that they have no money; that Alice is an artist whose paintings no one at the street market wants to buy; that Americans are more impressed by Ken’s kickboxing moves; and that both of them really want strawberry pancakes.
A sinister American art dealer (Norman Newkirk) befriends them with criminal intentions, leading to life-or-death fight scenes with armed men. Another lucky break is that all the Americans have apparently taken kickboxing lessons, so these are balanced fights.
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Although the characters repeatedly express their worship of “original art” in gilded frames, the script consists of singularly unoriginal dialogue. But it does succeed in being colloquial.