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The Young Master (1980)

Shi di chu ma (original title)
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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Dragon
Biao Yuen ...
Sang Kung's Son / Fourth Brother
Pai Wei ...
Tiger
Lily Li ...
Sang Kung's Daughter
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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
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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9 February 1980 (Hong Kong)  »

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First movie where Jackie Chan used "prototype" version of his trademark fight-choreography. See more »

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Two thumbs up, and snatching your eyes out like a Master!
14 May 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This film made me into a proper fan of Chan. What a wonderfully choreographed film.

The fights took months and months to perfect, and you can tell. Some of the action literally took my breath away.

The film's comedy borders on the Shakespearean, with mistaken identity, circumstance, and chance encounters blending to form the backbone of a superbly conceived storyline.

The sole criticism I have of the movie, is that you don't realise it is a comedy until about half an hour into it. Up to that point, it takes itself a tad too seriously, and even tries to strum the heart strings with a weepy scene where Chan thanks his Master for looking after him since he was found as a street orphan in childhood. When you get past all that, however, you're looking at possibly the greatest action film of all time.

The classical fighting style in Chan's movies took a back seat after this, with the advent of movies like Project A and Police Story. Chan returned to this style with Young Master in Love (Dragon Lord) a couple of years later, but that was more of a sports movie than a kung-fu fest.

In 1994, Jackie released Legend of Drunken Master, which followed in the same vain as Drunken Master (1979), and in many ways was superior. It's just such a shame that, "Jackie don't make 'em like he used to....."


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