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The Master (Long xing tian xia) (1989)

  Directed by: Hark Tsui
Written by: Kei To Lam, Tai-Muk Lau, Hark Tsui
Starring: Jet Li, Jerry Trimble, Wah Yuen
Links: The Master on the IMDb, Buy on Video, Buy on DVD
Genre: Action

This movie gets: 6.00 (1 rating) Ranking: not yet ranked (awaiting 2 ratings)

"Jet Li vs. Mullet Man!" - a review by timchuma

First of all this is not the sort of movie I should even bother describing the plot for. Secondly I recommend you be on the way to being inebriated on your favourite drinkin' liquor before starting this movie - preferably at a booze up with some good drinking buddies who can make wisecracks every couple of minutes.

The fighting is OK at least when compared to Hollywood martial arts movies. One of the people Jet Li's character fights is Billy Blanks! (Yes the Tae Bo dude.)

Another funny part is when Jet's character gets robbed and does a head-first slide down a banner at a parking lot (later copied by Jackie Chan in Rush Hour (1998)) and the gang he was chasing want to become his students! (They chase him up the road kneeling before him when he turns around.)

My favourite characters in this film are not even the main ones. The main baddie "Mullet Man" is really funny and the dude with the dreads who Jet rescues his students from is really cool.

The dubbing is BAAAAAAD as it seems to swap voices such as: "1100 Wiltshire Boulevard" (he had been talking Chinese in a different accent). This caused howls of laughter from the rowdy audience when I watched it.

Probably the best part of the film is the final fight scene on top of a skyscraper (I had seen some of it before in the preview of the first Hong Kong movie I ever bought, Police Story 3 (1992) in 1997.)

timchuma gives this movie 6 out of 10.
Review created on Wed 16 Feb 2005

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