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The Young Master (1980)


Plot (HKL Edition): When two rival martial arts schools square off in an annual lion dance competition, the favorite, betrayed by their star pupil, Tiger (Wei Pei), exits in disgrace. When Tiger is expelled and joins up with a notorious gang of criminals, led by feared kicking expert Master Kim (Wong In-sik), Dragon (Jackie Chan) embarks on a dangerous mission to bring his brother back to the school. Unfortunately, the situation is further complicated when he is mistaken for his criminal brother, and must fight to clear his name, while continually on the run from both the local police and the criminal gang.

Unknown to Dragon, the ultimate challenge awaits him: a deadly one-on-one encounter with the formidable Master Kim. Filled With intricate, masterfully – choreographed action sequences, clever sight-gags and fluid camerawork, this timeless classic broke all Hong Kong box-office records on its original theatrical release, and is still today, one of the top-grossing Jackie Chan movies of all time!!

Review: This film was truly showing Jackie Chan at his peak. With his multiple weapon fights including; Fan, Bench, Swords and Skirts. On the opening sequences on Lion Dance were also quite amusing, personally my favorite film to show Lion Dancing. Also having a good part of the film, Yuen Biao. Showing his stuff with his wooden bench, blocking Jackie’s path and treating him as his shadow, as Jackie attempts to escape from Biao.

Yet I must say I gave Wong In-sik a standing ovation with his incredible talent, shown on his entrance on the film and his final fight sequences (also being the longest fight sequences I’ve ever seen). I found it quite amusing seeing getting a real beating from Wong (I’m not meaning anything bad by Jackie, I was just wo’ed over by the great Hapkido skills of Wong).

But Jackie being forced to drink the lighter oil, suddenly turning him into a hit taken machine. I must say it is an awesome piece of work.

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