The Young Master

1980

Action / Adventure / Comedy

103
IMDb Rating 7.2 10 6,518

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Biao Yuen as Fighter in Opening Credit Sequence
Jackie Chan as Sergeant Dragon Ma Yue Lung
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972.08 MB
1280*720
Chinese 2.0
PG-13
23.976 fps
105 min
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1.95 GB
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Chinese 2.0
PG-13
23.976 fps
105 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by SamuraiNixon 8 / 10 / 10

Another awesome film from Jackie

Jackie Chan had already established himself in Hong Kong as a box office champion with 1978's Drunken Master and 1979's Fearless Hyena, but he was not getting his fiscal due from Lo Wei Productions. So he opted out of his contract with Lo Wei and was hired by Golden Harvest. The Young Master was his first picture under that studio. The film was interrupted several times because of the contract dispute with Lo and a Triad that wanted a stake in Jackie's fortune. This was eventually settled with help by Jimmy Wang Yu whom Jackie would owe (along many other actors) several favors. Even with all this chaos, Jackie was still able to create a memorable and must-have film, though the movie is marked by continuity problems. Jackie stars as Ah Lung a mediocre student (funny he doesn't seem so in the film and that point is soon forgotten) who loses in a beautifully choreographed lion dance competition because his fellow adopted brother Jing Keung (Wei Pei), faked an injury and competed incognito for the Wei Yee school. Lung and Keung's sifu Master Tien soon finds out of this deception and this betrayal leads to Keung leaving the school. After an impassioned plea from Lung, Tien gives Lung his blessing to find his brother. Jackie takes his big white fan (important plot point.) Jing looks for work at the Wei Yee school, but is turned down when he is found to have helped the Wei Yee school win the Lion Dance competition. He is then recruited with two others, including Fung Hark-On (aka Fung Ke-An who was the martial arts consultant with Jackie) who has a large mole on his face – reminiscent of Jackie's mole in Police Woman, to free Master Kim (Hapkido expert Whang In Shik.) Jing uses his big white fan to help Kim escape. So Ah would later be mistaken for his brother and sought after by the local police inspector and his son (played by Hong Kong regulars Shih Kien and Yuen Biao.) This would lead up to an awesome fight scene between two of the Seven Little Fortunes, Yuen and Jackie. Yuen would expertly use a bench and you get to see Jackie use a pole again. Even with the continuity problems (even admitted by Jackie, including one scene where Jackie is fettered and the next he is not) and the overuse of sped-up footage and zoom shots (including one that is parodied in Kung Pow), this is a fun film to watch.. The high points of this movie are the Cantonese comedy and the sublime martial art scenes. In those fight scenes you get to see him use many props such as sword, pole, bench and even a skirt, a skill he learns from his encounter with the Police Chief's daughter played by Lily Li. The high point of the film is a showdown that involves an 18-minute plus scene between Jackie and Whang (Jackie in his autobiography "I Am Jackie Chan" considers this his ninth best fight scene.) I do not want to describe this sagacious scene too much, because it has to be seen. I will say that I have never seen Jackie get beat up so much in any other movie and most of it is shot with wide-angle lenses with few cuts. Even his solution to winning is unique. This movie is a must buy for Jackie Chan or Hong Kong film fans. The most important decision in buying this film on DVD is what label/version you purchase. There are many shorter versions out there, even several that are widescreen, but the scenes that are taken out are mostly from the action scenes! But, Fortune Star puts out a 106 minute version that is digitally remastered and has the Cantonese (along with dubbed version) audio. Though there is one caveat, many of the cheaper versions have a huge benefit that the Fortune Star DVD does not – Jackie Chan singing in English at the end of the film. Even without that benefit the Fortune Star release is by far the best version of an excellent Jackie Chan film.

Reviewed by udeaasykle 10 / 10 / 10

A young Jackie Chan, showing what a master can do.

He really is a master in this film. I really don't know what else to say. The whole movie is beautifully choreographed and the fighting is unbelievable. He does things with chairs and tables that no one can copy. As for the story it is as usual not very deep, but who cares about that when you see Jackie Chan kicking ass with a fan?

Reviewed by Elmyras 10 / 10 / 10

Now one of my all time favourite JC movies

I only saw this movie two weeks ago and was pleasantly surprised by it. Its starts out a little slow but picks up as soon as Jackie's character leaves home to find his big brother. I found myself laughing out loud at various parts of the film, in particular when Yuen Biao or his father were on the screen. Jackie's character is pretty cocky and it was hilarious to see him winding the old man up. The icing on the cake is when Jackie is being attacked by him with a sword and he somehow manages to get hold of the old guy's prized pipe. I thought the humour was quite fresh and unforced unlike it sometimes tends to be in his later films. Furthermore, his making funny faces actually works here and isn't overused. Humour aside, the action sequences are good. Excluding the final fight, they may appear slow by today's standard but are still highly watchable. The final fight itself is a sight to behold. It seemed to progress by chapters and so you could say developed a story of it's own. Watch it and you'll know what I mean. Now one of my all time favourite JC movies. Highly entertaining I give it 10/10. This was based on the Cantonese version unsubtitled.

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