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Bei pan shi men (1980)

Although injured, a martial-arts expert teaches an orphan his methods.

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Credited cast:
... Jin Tien-yun
Tak Yuen ... Kao Chien (as Lin Chiang)
Hsueh-Erh Wen ... Shi's daughter
Lung Wei Wang ... Yen Ching-wang
Hui Huang Lin
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lau Chan ... 2nd Brother (as Lou Chen)
Chi Ping Chang
Ping-Tsan Chang
Shih-Ou Chang
Shao-Chia Chen
Ka-Sang Cheng
Chok Chow Cheung ... Spectator
Wing-Hon Cheung
Yi-Hsiung Chi
Szu-Ying Chien ... Brothel madam
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Although injured, a martial-arts expert teaches an orphan his methods.

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One of the more entertaining productions from a time when kung-fu films were becoming overly stylized
8 February 2016 | by See all my reviews

By 1980, the entire genre of Chinese martial arts movies--which, in my estimation, had always benefited from its rough-edged quality--was being formalized into something comparable to American soap operas or even Italian Mannerist painting. Better production values are fine, but not when the end result is a film so slick and shiny that it's painful to look at. In technical terms, "The Master" (which aired on cable TV in the mid-1980s as "Three Evil Masters") is a product of its time, but has enough heart to work. Yuen Tak convincingly portrays a bullied, low-ranking student at an unethical kung-fu school who gives refuge to an injured martial arts master (Chen Kuan-tai, who's always worth watching). Chen was wounded in a fight with three bandits who have been terrorizing the countryside, and in exchange for food and shelter he teaches Yuen some valuable moves. Gradually, Yuen becomes a better fighter and must singlehandedly confront the bandits--led by fearsome, white-haired Wang Lung-wei--when they decide to take over the kung-fu school. Terrific fight choreography by Hsu Hsia, and a maddeningly catchy opening theme (which plays beautifully over Chen Kuan-tai's first brawl with the villains) by Eddie Wang. Seven and a half stars.


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