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Diao shou guai zhao (1973)

R | | Action, Comedy, Drama | March 1981 (USA)
Young Jackie was intrigued by Kung-Fu since an early age, but his father strictly forbade its practice. One day, he meets an old beggar who offers to teach Jackie how to fight. Jackie grows... See full summary »

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Old Master (as Hsao Ten Juan)
Dean Shek ...
Landlord (as Shth Tien)
Kwok Choi Hon ...
Little Frog (as Kuo Tas Han)
Biao Yuen ...
Pickpocket (as Bill Yuen)
Feng Tien ...
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Yeong-Mun Kwon ...
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Kam Cheung
Shao-Lin Chiang
Chun Chin
Yuet Sang Chin
Geoffrey Copleston ...
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Larry Dolgin ...
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Feng Erh
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Young Jackie was intrigued by Kung-Fu since an early age, but his father strictly forbade its practice. One day, he meets an old beggar who offers to teach Jackie how to fight. Jackie grows up to be quite good though he keeps his knowledge a secret until he is forced to fight by an extortion ring that's putting the squeeze on his uncle's restaurant. Written by William Pagan <ny952696@pacevm.dac.pace.edu>

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As a boy he was taught the secrets of Kung Fu, now he will use them to avenge his father's death. See more »

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During the fight between the poor man and the landlord, some of the music used is from Popeye. See more »

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In the scene in the Landlord's palace we see the fat man get burned with the Old Master's pipe 9 times. Later in the film the same fat man fights Jackie but has no burns or scars. See more »

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For hardcore Jackie Chan fans only...
27 August 2012 | by (Denmark) – See all my reviews

Right, well given the age of this movie, and the stage during Jackie Chan's career it was made, it should be kept in mind that by today's standards, then this is hopeless outdated.

Being a fan of Jackie Chan, I had to watch this movie, and I guess that you really have to be a fan of Chan to enjoy it. If you sit down to watch it as an ordinary movie, and not because it is a Jackie Chan movie, then you will be laughing and most likely also bored out of your mind.

I got a horrible dubbed version DVD from Amazon, that didn't even come with the original language track, and it appeared to have been a transfer directly from VHS to DVD without any editing or improvements what so ever. It was just awful. At least if they had opted to keep the original language track, the movie would have been somewhat more enjoyable. These ridiculous half-hearted English dubbings really are more of a nuisance than they help a movie in any way.

The sound effects in the movie are bad, but hey weren't they all in these really old Kung Fu movies? The English dubbed language track was just horrible to listen to, and the movie didn't really have that great dialogue. And, sad to say, the fighting was really, really staged, to the point it was painful to watch. And to make matters worse, suddenly there was a reference to Popeye in the movie, complete with the music from Popeye playing; are you kidding me? That was just ridiculous.

And the English title of the movie, "Master with Cracked Fingers", what was up with that? There was no cracked fingers in the movie at all. I really didn't get that choice of movie title.

"Master with Cracked Fingers" is one to watch if you are a big fan of Jackie Chan, but don't expect too much from it. Well, if anything, then watch the movie for the death scene at the very last fight, it was just hilarious - if you can stand the five minutes of robotic staged martial arts.

I guess every great star had to start out somewhere, and with age comes experience.


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