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The Master (1989)
"Lung hang tin haa" (original title)

R  |   |  Action  |  28 May 1992 (Hong Kong)
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Uncle Tak, the old martial-arts master and medicine in normal life has severe problems with his former student Jonny, who wants nothing more than to kill his old master to show everyone who... See full summary »

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Jet
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Uncle Tak
Crystal Kwok ...
May
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Jonny
Anne Rickets ...
Anna
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Cito
Guy Fadollone ...
Ruben
Derek Anunciation ...
Mouse
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Mouse
Michael Burke ...
Oscar
Camille Carrigan ...
Jeannie
Wayne Post ...
Jimmy
Pamela J. Anderson ...
Coach
George Cheung ...
Paul
Steven Ho ...
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Uncle Tak, the old martial-arts master and medicine in normal life has severe problems with his former student Jonny, who wants nothing more than to kill his old master to show everyone who the real master is. Uncle Tak wants Jet, his best student, to come over from China to the US. Jet gets no green card, but finally manages to come as a tourist. Jet is not familiar with the American way of life, but all the better with the way of fighting. Written by Oliver Heidelbach

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Loyalty. Honor. Vengence.

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Rated R for violence and some language | See all certifications »
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Trivia

According to rumor, Jet Li and Jerry Trimble did not get along with each other during production. On the commentary for the Fortune Star DVD release, Bey Logan addresses this and claims that while Li and Trimble were not unfriendly, they viewed each other competitively based on their respective backgrounds in martial arts. See more »

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Near the beginning of the movie, when the muscular man has been treated and is receiving pills, you can clearly see the hand of somebody pushing him sideways to stand better in the shot. See more »

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May: [May has Jet arrested for trespassing in Uncle Tak's shop but gets him out on bail and tries to talk to him] Jet! I went through a lot of trouble to bail your out of there. Some thanks would be appreciated.
Jet: So why you lock me up then?
May: [dryly] Well look, you asked for it.
Jet: [calmly] No.
May: Look, it's my job to look after the shop, okay?
Jet: [Jet's not listening to May, he's trying to concentrate on what happened to Master Tak] I worried that... Master Tak got hurt in a fight.
May: [frustrated] You Chinese men and ...
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Occasionally enjoyable Jet Li vehicle
5 May 2005 | by See all my reviews

In "The Master", one of his earliest and relatively little-seen flicks, Jet Li is basically placed in a fish-out-of-water situation: he comes from Hong Kong to America (knowing only a few words of English) to visit his old kung fu teacher, is followed everywhere by three Mexican small-time crooks who want him to teach them the martial arts, and tries to protect his teacher's shop from a gang led by a rival kung fu master. The main problem with the film is that it lacks urgency: much like the bad guy in Jackie Chan's "Thunderbolt", the villain has no real motive for his actions apart from wanting to prove that he is "the best". To put it in his own words: "When I finish with you, I'll go to China and beat all the kung fu teachers there!". But it has some pretty funny moments (watch Jet describing his experiences on his first day in America), great (if sometimes brief) fight sequences, and even a warm message about interracial friendship and acceptance: those Mexicans may seem like silly stereotypes at first, but if you think about it, the movie shows how people can overcome the barriers of their different races and languages to work together and help each other. (**1/2)


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