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Director:
Writers:
Hark Tsui (story)
Kee-To Lam (screenplay)
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Release Date:
28 May 1992 (Hong Kong) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Loyalty. Honor. Vengence.
Plot:
Uncle Tak, the old martial-arts master and medicine in normal life has severe problems with his former student Jonny... See more » | Add synopsis »
User Reviews:
Occasionally enjoyable Jet Li vehicle See more (17 total) »

Cast

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Jet Li ... Jet

Wah Yuen ... Uncle Tak
Crystal Kwok ... May

Jerry Trimble ... Jonny
Anne Rickets ... Anna

Rueben Gonzáles ... Cito
Guy Fadollone ... Ruben
Derek Anunciation ... Mouse

Henry Penzi ... Mouse
Michael Burke ... Oscar
Camille Carrigan ... Jeannie
Wayne Post ... Jimmy
Pamela J. Anderson ... Coach

George Cheung ... Paul
Steven Ho ... Jonny's Student
Kevin Cole ... Jonny's Student

Chris Carnel ... Jonny's Student

David Wald ... Jonny's Student
Stefanos Miltsakakis ... Jonny's Student
Mark Williams ... Hawks member
Erwin Villegon ... Hawks member
Spencer Platerns ... Hawks member
Ray Wizard ... Hawks member
Alfred Bonilla ... Hawks member
John Kreng ... Hawks member
Wei Ho Tu
Bing Hong Lam
Yin Ming Chan
Ching Cheung
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Corey Yuen

Billy Blanks ... Black Thug (uncredited)

Rich Hopkins ... Johnny's Student (uncredited)
Dale Jacoby ... Jonny's Student (uncredited)
John Trujillo ... Johnny's student (uncredited)

A.J. Watson ... Johnny's Student (uncredited)

Directed by
Hark Tsui 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Kee-To Lam  screenplay (as Kei To Lam)
Tai-Mok Lau  (as Tai-Muk Lau)
Jack Maeby  english adaptation
Hark Tsui  story

Produced by
Anthony Chow .... executive producer
Siu-Tin Lai .... executive producer
David Lo .... co-producer
Hark Tsui .... producer
 
Original Music by
Yee Tat Lam 
 
Cinematography by
Henry Chan 
Paul A. Edwards 
 
Film Editing by
Peter Cheung 
Ma Kam 
 
Production Design by
Lynn Christopher 
 
Art Direction by
Bret Alexander 
Gil Draper 
 
Makeup Department
David Gamboa .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Kimberly Berman .... post-production supervisor (english version)
Chi Hung Chu .... production manager
Shannon McIntosh .... executive in charge of production (english version)
Mark Morris .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Worth Keeter .... assistant director
Tom Koel .... second assistant director
Randy Pope .... assistant director
Mike Snyder .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Robyn Jacobs .... property master
Yin-Wai Wong .... props
 
Sound Department
Siu-Lung Ching .... sound effects editor
Hsue-yui Fung .... dubbing editor: mandarin
Anne Mather .... dubbing editor: english (as Annie Mather)
Yu Ting .... dubbing editor: cantonese
 
Stunts
Yung-hsiang Cheng .... stunts
John Kreng .... stunts
Wei Ho Tu .... stunts
Chun Yeung Yuen .... stunt coordinator
Wah Yuen .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Brett Allen .... Steadicam operator
Hoi-Fai Chan .... still photographer
Ging-Nin Cheung .... gaffer
Mason Hersey .... first assistant camera
Todd McMullen .... director of photography: second unit
Charles M. Smallwood .... best boy grip
Jene Youtt .... gaffer
Eric Sundt .... dolly grip (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Ethan Maniquis .... additional editor: english version
Tom Gleason .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Other crew
James Campana .... mechanic
Chi-Keung Chiu .... production coordinator
Anthony Chow .... presenter
Steve Gates .... continuity
Steve Gehrke .... script supervisor
Kei Hayashi .... continuity
Denise Iketani .... continuity
Siu-Tin Lai .... presenter
David Lo .... planner
Sam Mui .... continuity
Steve Phan .... production assistant
Eric Sundt .... continuity
Sue Woo .... continuity
Ping Wu .... voice: english version
Masaki Yokochi .... title designer: main and end titles
Raymond Yu .... continuity
Wah Yuen .... action director
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Lung hang tin haa" - Hong Kong (original title)
"Hard Blood" - Japan (English title) (video title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for violence and some language
Runtime:
Hong Kong:92 min | USA:88 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Miramax's North American version of The Master, which was distributed on home video and DVD, was dubbed in English, and the dubbing often strayed heavily from the original dialogue. Four minutes of cuts were made.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: In the scene where Johnny and Jet fall through the roof of the building into some sort of attic, you can see the blue padded mats that they are supposed to land on before the scene cuts and you see them landing on hard concrete.See more »
Quotes:
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 all your stupid fighting! It's what ruins our reputation here in America!
[...]
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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Occasionally enjoyable Jet Li vehicle, 5 May 2005
Author: gridoon

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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