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Opium The Kung-Fu Master


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  • Actors: Lung Ti, Te-Lo Mai, Hsueh-hua Liu, Kuan Tai Chen, Kwok Kuen Chan
  • Directors: Chia Tang
  • Format: Widescreen, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Stereo), Chinese (Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Funimation Prod
  • DVD Release Date: April 27, 2010
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00347AJZW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #209,812 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Opium The Kung-Fu Master" on IMDb

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Film legend Ti Lung (A Better Tomorrow, The Legend of Drunken Master) battles the scourge of the orient in this epic final film from director Tang Chia. Schooled in the martial arts by the Peking Opera, Chia’s deft touch guides the gut-wrenching tale of a Kung Fu master wrecked by opium. Starring a legitimate champion of the Gibbon Fist style as the film’s villain – Chen Kuan Tai (The Flying Guillotine, Big Brother Cheng) – Chia’s masterpiece showcases the talents of at least six different martial arts directors. Exploding with action, comedy, drama, and more action – this Shaw Brothers classic is the cornerstone of any collection.

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Shows that anyone can fall.
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The choreography and fight sequences were good as well as the storyline.
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The sound quality is quite good even though it is mono tracks only.
Christopher Ball

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The Shaw Brothers, the company known for their many releases of Hong Kong films for many decades ran by producer Sir Run Run Shaw, knighted by the British government and founder of Shaw University in Hong Kong and even founded the HK-TVB TV network was a major power behind the company and his third brother Runme Shaw (who founded South Sea Film), the film company would become known as Shaw Brothers Studio and become the first studio to bring Hong Kong cinema with sound in 1934.

The Shaw Brothers have created over a thousand films and with several having been aired on US television and some being released on video, the 1984 film"Opium and the Kung-Fu Master" (Hung kuen dai see) gets its release on DVD. It's important to note that the DVD and Blu-ray was released by BCI Eclipse in Jan. 2009 but because parent company Navarre shut down the company due to the recession, FUNimation Entertainment (who's parent distribution company is Navarre) is re-releasing the movie on DVD as part of its Hong Kong Connection Shaw Bros. DVD releases.

"Opium and the Kung-Fu Master" revolves around Master Tie Qiao San (played by Ti Lung), one of the legendary Ten Tigers of Guandong and the chief of a town in which his martial arts students police the street to capture criminals. As his students Guang Si (played by Robert Mak Tak-Law) and Da Niu are policing the city, they come across two thieves.

Next thing you know, there is chaos as the thieves happen to be talented martial artists and not even the students can stop them. That is until Master Tie arrives and beats them (and ends up killing one of them). The escaped thief tells his master about what has happened and it appears the ring leader is a rival of Master Tie Qiao San.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Ball on May 27, 2012
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Being the action choreographer for over a hundred Shaw Brothers films, Tang Chia gives us his third and best film as director. Released in 1984, "Opium and the Kung Fu Master" is a film that delivers not only the action, but a good story as well and for a change, characters that we care about. But the kung fu is why we watch these movies and the team of six action directors gives us one of the the best Shaw Brothers flicks of the 80's. The widescreen picture is the best it's ever looked. The sound quality is quite good even though it is mono tracks only. A must see film. Also check out Tang Chia's other two films as director, "Shaolin Prince" and "Shaolin Intruders".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By FRED CONTRERAS on September 19, 2013
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IF YOU ARE 55 AND OLDER AND LOVE THE OLD SCHOOL KUNG FU MOVIES,THIS IS AS GOOD AS IT GETS.
LUNG TI CREATED A NAME AS ONE LEADING EXPONENT OF THE SHAW BROTHERS STABLE OF TALENTED ACTORS.IN THIS CLASSIC HE IS A WELL ESTABISHED INSTRUCTOR WITH A REPUTATION OF HAVING AN INVINCIBLE POLE TECHNIQUE.HE IS WELL LOVED AND RESPECTED AND STANDS FOR VIRTUE AND GOODNESS,YET HE SUCUMS TO TEMPTATION WHEN AN OLD FRIEND INTRODUCES HIM TO THE USE OF SMOKING OPIUM,BEING A MASTER HE TRULY BELIEVES IT WONT AFFECT HIM LIKE IT DOES TO ALL WHO USE IT AND THAT HE CAN QUIT THE USE WHEN EVER HE WANTS.HE TRIES TO ACT NORMAL AND HIDE THE FACT THAT HE IS SLOWLY BECOMING AN OPIUM ADICT HIS STUDENTS START TO NOTICE AND TRY TO WARN HIM HE WILL NOT HAVE A STUDENT PASS JUDGEMENT OVER HIM BECAUSE HE IS IN DENIEL BUT ITS NOT TILL THE GREEDY ELDORS OF THE VILLAGE START BACKING A MALLICIOUS GANG OF GAMBLERS. THAT END UP KILLING ONE OF HIS BEST STUDENT THAT STANDS UP TO THE GANG,WHEN THE MASTER FINDS OUT HE TRIES TO MAKE THINGS RIGHT CHALLENGING THE LEADERS AND THE ELDERS WHO IN THIS TOWN ARE NOW SPLIT IN TWO AND THE GOOD TOWN PEOPLE ONLY HAVE THE MASTER STANDING INBETWEEN TOTAL CORRUPTION OF THE TOWN.TI LUNG DOES NOT REALIZE HIS MASTERY OF THE MARTIAL ARTS IS AFFECTED UNTIL HE ENGAGES IN ONE TO ONE DUEL WITH A TWO SPEAR SPECIALST ASSASIN HIRED TO CONFRONT HIM.THE DUAL IS GOING LUNG TI WAYS UNTIL HIS STAMINA STARTS WARERING DOWN DUE TO THE INACTIVITY OF NOT TRAINING BECAUSE OF HIS OPIUM ADDICTION.ALTHOUGH TECHNICALLY HE DID NOT LOOSE THE FIGHT THE OTHER MASTER HUMILIATES HIM IN PUBLIC BY SAYING HE WONT FIGHTING IN THESE CONDITIONS SO HE WILL NOT LEAVE DOUBGHT THAT HES THE BETTER MASTER AND THAT LUNG TI MUST BOW DOWN AND ADMIT IT.
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By Benjii on January 8, 2014
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A must have to complete any Shaw Bros. Collection and a hard find at that. Celestial Pictures did a fantastic job with the film transfer as well. Worth every penny!
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