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The Young Master (1980)
"Shi di chu ma" (original title)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Adventure, Comedy  |  9 February 1980 (Hong Kong)
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After failing his fellow students in a Lion Dance competition, Dragon (Jackie Chan) is sent away from his school in disgrace, on the condition that he must find his errant brother. Much ... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
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Dragon
Biao Yuen ...
Sang Kung's Son / Fourth Brother
Pai Wei ...
Tiger
Lily Li ...
Sang Kung's Daughter
Kien Shih ...
Chief Sang Kung
Ing-Sik Whang ...
Kam (as Whong In Sik)
Hark-On Fung ...
Kam's Bodyguard #1 (as Ke An Feng)
Hoi Sang Lee ...
Kam's Bodyguard #2 (as Li Hai Sheng)
Feng Tien ...
Master Tien
Fung Fung ...
Ah Suk
Mei Sheng Fan ...
Bull (as Mei-Sheng Fan)
Yen Tsan Tang ...
Ah Tsang (as Yim Chan Tang)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Shao-Hung Chan ...
(as Siu Hung Cham)
David Cheng ...
Kam's Son
Kang-Yeh Cheng
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After failing his fellow students in a Lion Dance competition, Dragon (Jackie Chan) is sent away from his school in disgrace, on the condition that he must find his errant brother. Much martial arts mayhem and mistaken-identity silliness ensue. Written by Serdar Yegulalp <syegul@ix.netcom.com>

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Rated PG-13 for martial arts violence | See all certifications »
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Jackie Chan's first film in Golden Harvest studio. See more »

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Featured in The Best of the Martial Arts Films (1992) See more »

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Good action and good comedy
27 July 2002 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Tiger has gone astray and has defected to a rival kung0fu school who are using his skills for evil means. They end up framing Tiger for a crime he didn't commit. The younger of the two orphans, Dragon, messes up in a competition and is expelled until he can clear his brother's name. On the journey much martial arts action, mistaken identity comedy and general adventure is had on the way to a final show down.

Jackie Chans first crack at directing shows he is man of many talents. This film broke every record at the Hong Kong box office and it still stands up today in the world of OTT fight scenes in every Hollywood movie you'd care to mention! The reason this film stands up so well is that it has all the basics of any Chan film.

First off the fight scenes are all very good. They may not look as up to date, but they compare favourably with anything coming out of Hollywood today. The final fight is amazing and is only let down by a really bad dummy stand in at the end! Secondly, and just as importantly, the film is funny! Chan's comedy is bang on target – even 20 years later this is funny. This comedy is mixed nicely with everything else and sits well even within the final 15 minute fight scene at the end.

It does have flaws in that at times the plot is confusing or lost in all the comedy and action – but the plot holds on just enough to get by. But lets be honest, we didn't come here for plot – we came for action and comedy, and it delivers both.

Overall this is no classic but it has been one of my favourite Chan flicks for years, and even after 22 odd years this still stands up as a very enjoyable film with good action and comedy.


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