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A spoiled young man - on the run from a ruthless killer - hooks up with a puppeteer and his wife who are masters of the art of tai chi; the only style that can defeat the killer.

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Cheung-Yan Yuen ...
Puppetteer
Lydia Shum ...
Shun-Yee Yuen ...
Iron-Steel
Mandy Chan ...
Ta Sha
Yat Chor Yuen ...
Yu Ping
Don Wong ...
Ta Sha's father
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Chung-kuei Chang ...
Ta Sha's friend
Chang Hsun
Wong Kin-Mi ...
Muscle Man
Alan Lee ...
Thug
Kun Li ...
Chung & Ping's father
Ge Liu
Yun-pao Lu
Pooi Tak-Wan
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A troublesome young man named Ta Sha rides a bike around town spoiling and ruining for others. But soon Ta Sha is confronted by his rival, the spoiled Chan Chuen-Chung who ends up fighting and humiliate Ta Sha in the process. This leads to Ta Sha plotting a revenge on Chung with the help of his friends by setting up an ambush and using fireworks to their aid. However, Chung - accompanied by his brother Yu Ping - manage to walk away from the ambush and use the gang's weapons against them. But as Chung is about to use fireworks on Ta Sha, Yu Ping makes Chung spare and let Ta Sha go. But Chung accidentally lights a set of fireworks resulting in Tai Sha getting heavily injured. Devastated and angered by Chung's actions, Ta Sha's vindictive father hires Iron Steel, an infamous assassin, to wipe out Chung and his entire family. Iron Steel closes in on the family and kills everyone on sight. Fortunately, Chung is present elsewhere and - after finding out that his family were killed while ... Written by DooK

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It's no Drunken Master, but good fun nonetheless
24 February 1999 | by (Dublin, Ireland) – See all my reviews

Look up 'Shameless ripoff' in the dictionary, and you'll find a picture of Donnie Yen practising tai chi. The startlingly original plot -- our hero gets beaten up and sees his family killed, forcing him to learn a new style of martial arts so he can defeat the evil killer -- is enhanced by... well, okay. Not enhanced. But there are a few slight variations from tradition in an effort to give this film some semblance of a plot, such as the evil baddie being a loving daddy. But let us gloss over such trivia as plot --as did the director -- in favour of the characters and the kung-fu, the two essential ingredients in any movie of this type. Plot? Pah!

Anyway, the Sam the Seed character is a drunken tai chi master (that's a master of tai chi who's drunken, not a master of drunken tai chi. If you you were expecting differently from the film's title, tough). There are no amusing styles, and the tai chi bears as much resemblance to the actual art as does real-life kung fu to its cinematic equivalent. Do I sound like I didn't like the film? I hope not, because I *did* enjoy it, while recognising that it hadn't a shred of originality or thought behind it. Most of the fight scenes were good fun, and the bits in between, while unfunny, weren't as painfully so as they usually are in this sort of film. Yuen Woo Ping's reputation was made by Drunken Master, and this film was his most obvious attempt to cash in. I'm inclined to blame the studio more than the director for this though; not that blame particularly needs to be apportioned. You won't come away from this film thinking it was a masterpiece, but you won't be grumbling and demanding your money back either.


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