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The Young Master

The Young Master

1980
Comedy
Action
1h 45m
After failing his fellow students in a Lion Dance competition, Dragon (Jackie Chan) is sent away from his school in disgrace... (imdb)
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The Young Master

1980
Comedy
Action
1h 45m
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Rated 26 Apr 2021
85
92nd
HK Theatrical cut. How have I never heard of this? Easily the best Jackie Chan kung fu movie. The plot is straightforward but not deep. People ragging on the plot haven't seen the really bad ones, especially with poor female characters in other contemporary films. This has tons of prop stunts which I love, plus Cantonese wordplay. I took a point off for the drawn out nonsensical final battle. Fav scenes: prisoner breaking out; JC's fan fight; sister's dress fight; JC's street fight vs 2 goons
Rated 14 Aug 2007
99
99th
The best of Jackie's early work, it features an awesome dragon dance and an insane final battle.
Rated 30 Dec 2022
66
81st
The ending fight is one of if not the longest martial arts fight i've ever seen. It's also one where the hero has taken the most damage i've ever seen. Other than that, it's a pretty good and funny martial arts film.
Rated 18 Feb 2011
75
86th
the action in this is every bit as good as the original drunken master. massively underrated.
Rated 19 Feb 2024
65
51st
There are a few good fights in here. My favourite was the penultimate with Jackie feigning to be an elderly beggar. The final shot is exactly what you'd expect after everything he goes through, as well as being a nod to the authenticity of Chan's stunts. I'm confused about what happened to him after he drank pipe-water....
Rated 11 Sep 2017
18
94th
10/8
Rated 27 May 2022
75
60th
Jackie's sophomore directed movie shows he already had an excellent understanding of action direction, but struggled as storyteller. The action is highly enjoyable. The almost 20 minutes long final fight is the cherry on the cake of movie full of wonderful action. Alas the plot is so poorly told it's near incomprehensible. On the other side the breathtaking pace ensures it never bores. Of course one watches this for the beforementioned action, so these beginners mistakes are easily forgivable.
Rated 27 Jun 2008
75
73rd
Everything you'd expect from 70's Jackie Chan right down to the bad music. This film does everything right but nothing exceptional.
Rated 06 Jan 2011
77
62nd
Good kung-fu movie. The fan scene and the ending fight are quite amazing, but the story could be much better.
Rated 06 Feb 2010
76
37th
Funny, but the story, which at first seemed to be interesting, was quickly put aside and forgotten. The last fighting sequence was really tooooo long...
Rated 14 Jan 2013
50
49th
Points for the martial arts fighting, and for some of the amusing points of the story, but in familiar fashion the plot was sometimes confusing to the point of nonsense. There were a few clever and funny scenes, but there is also a lot of poor story telling thinly wrapped around the central theme of Kung Fu fighting. Jackie Chan is entertaining and comical at times, but the last half of the ending fight sequence was pretty weird and detracts from the movie.
Rated 18 May 2018
48
36th
Has some fun rough-and-tumble, espcially the Biao Yuen fight, and the grand finale, but you have to suffer through quite a lot of that virtually plotless, flat broad comedy, to get to it.
Rated 12 Sep 2022
60
69th
Lots of great, playful, humourous, slapstick-filled fights that are sure to bring a smile to your face. As per usual for kung fu flicks, the plot is throwaway. Biggest disappointment is the final boss fight, which goes on for way too long and bores the entire time. Also the fights were all very "stop/start" and lacked the more impressive flowing moves of future fight films. Highlight was the fan fight early on.
Rated 08 May 2012
73
69th
fun(ny) chereographies, awesome fight at the end.
Rated 02 Jun 2020
82
79th
Once you get past a clunky intro consisting of some quarreling brothers, Jackie Chan's sophomore directing effort shines in its energy. There is no typical training montage, so there is no time to catch your breath as Chan goes from one to set piece to another. From a great fan fight, to a bench brawl, getting schooled by Lily Li, and finally to its dusty conclusion, The Young Master just moves. Jackie Chan is nothing but humble, but the final showdown is a prime example of what punishment the a

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