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The Master (1989)

Jet Li , Wah Yuen , Hark Tsui  |  R |  DVD
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jet Li, Wah Yuen, Crystal Kwok, Jerry Trimble, Anne Rickets
  • Directors: Hark Tsui
  • Writers: Hark Tsui, Kee-To Lam, Tai-Mok Lau
  • Producers: Hark Tsui, Anthony Chow, David Lo, Siu-Tin Lai
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Dimension
  • DVD Release Date: August 20, 2002
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000067J48
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #280,200 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Master" on IMDb

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Fans of Jet Li should check out The Master, an early movie by the Hong Kong action star. Li is the anti-Stallone, all sinew and smile. His boyish grace makes him seem almost weightless as he whips through his fight scenes in peak physical form. Though the story isn't as strong as the Once upon a Time in China series or Fist of Legend--the plot, about a student of kung fu (Li) from China who comes to Los Angeles to help his former master, is serviceable but generic--the action scenes are dynamic and give ample room for Li's sprightly charisma. Everything about The Master is a little cliché, but at the same time it's all much more enjoyable than you'd expect. The editing is brisk, the actors are enjoying themselves, and the direction (by dependable Hong Kong auteur Tsui Hark) keeps things hopping. --Bret Fetzer

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Title(s) AKA: Wong Fei Hong '92 || Wong Fei Hung '92 || Jet Li: The Master [US Title] Languages: ENGLISH (Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround) Subtitles: None. Literally Translated Title: Dragon Travels Land Under Heaven. Film Director(s): Tsui Hark Film Producer(s): Tsui Hark Action Director(s): Yuen Wah Released: 1989 [Hong Kong] Genre: Action/Adventure Sub-Genre: Martial Arts Plot: A revered Kung Fu guru is rivaled by a disgruntled ex-student. But when this formidable foe begins terrorizing the Master's schools, the old teacher calls on Li to lead an incredible group of former students from Hong Kong in a bid to seek retribution. Overview: Jet Li plays the student of a martial arts master who has moved to Los Angeles. His master, Uncle Tak, has been severely injured by an arrogant former American student. With the help of unlikely allies, Jet's character manages to find Uncle Tak. After being put through intense training, his new friends are ready for a showdown with the bullies. Cast: Jet Li Lian-Jie || Yuen Wah || Jerry Trimble || Crystal Kwok Kam-Yan || Billy Blanks || To Wai Woo || Lam Ping Hong. Running Time: 88 mins. (approx.)

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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars very funny movie..really August 25, 2001
By A Customer
Format:DVD
i know that a few people thought this movie didnt have enough fight scenes or what they were looking for. you cant expect fight scenes every 10 minutes in every single movie he was in. if you relax and just enjoy a good movie....then i think you can appreciate this movie for what it is. i thought it had a good amount of fight scenes with great humor. i laughed through out the whole movie. for those of you who does understand cantonese would probably understand the humor more....but to those who doesnt...there is english subtitles. the quality of the movie is not that great...it looked like it was transferred from vhs..because this is kind of an older movie. this movie is about a sifu(kungfu teacher)who gets challenged by his ex-white student who had no respect for his teacher and wanted to take over. when the sifu gets attacked....jet li. his student from hong kong comes to america and finds out what happened and teaches them a lesson. jet li is awesome as always. this movie really showcased some of his wu shu style...his real fighting skills that are masked up by newer movies like romeo must die, etc. i wish hollywood would make a movie with him showcasing his real skills to the american audiences who have never seen his real fighting abilities. i love this movie....and i plan to buy the dvd. i recommend to all to watch even if you dont plan to buy the dvd. jet li is hot as alway ;D
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars CAUTION - Disappointment likely May 3, 2000
Format:DVD
This movie definitely does not meet any expectations. The acting is horrible, the plot is simplistic, the action leaves a lot to be desired. Not Jet's best work. I would consider this a D movie, let alone a C or B movie.
Definitely check out any/all of the following: 1). Fist of Legend 2). My Father is a Hero (The Enforcer in USA) 3). Fong Sai Yuk 4). Once upon a time in China (all 4 of them) 5). Swordsman II
Some of his other descent works: Hitman, The New Legend of Shaolin, High Risk, Black Mask,
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13 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Master = Bruce Lee! That's the Key! October 1, 2002
Format:DVD
This DVD The Master, with Jet Li, is wonderful. Admittedly it may initially disappoint, but this should only happen on first viewing. It is a movie that requires attention to detail (as all masterpieces do) and knowledge of other martial arts movies and legends. Nonetheless, after first viewing (during which time the proverbial penny should drop and deeper understanding commence), there are amazing viewing rewards! In fact, if you should ever want to show off your knowledge to others of the deeper purpose of martial arts and/or Jet Li, well, this is definitely THE movie to have!
First, though, to find the deeper story! So, to help the penny drop and to help find full appreciation of the consummate mastery of this Tsui Hark movie (especially its script), consider the possibility that the Master = Bruce Lee, the first internationally-recognized master of martial arts. On another level, to move closer to the story's higher purpose, consider the Master as the true spirit and/or reason for the practice of martial arts.
Second, consider the possibility that the movie is an extremely respectful criticism of the post-Bruce-Lee commercialism of martial arts (and the resultant use of martial arts in street violence).
Finally, consider the possibility that the martial arts people of the East saw a need to reinforce (via another master: Jet Li) the true spirit and/or reason of martial arts to the people of the West. This last point helps explain why the movie is set in modern-times and why it deliberately avoided the high-wire tricks; the movie is introducing to America the real martial arts mastery of Jet Li.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars This movie is too basic for the skilled Jet Li June 29, 1999
By A Customer
Format:DVD
It was an interesting movie but lacked the Jet Li spark that I love so much. The story line was too straight forward and predictable. The fighting sceens were to basic and still Jet Li looked flawless as he proformed. If you are a big Jet Li fan then you should buy the movie but if you just a action fan you shouldn'n.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't de too hard on the film! September 2, 2002
Format:DVD
Some people had strong criticisms of this film. I thought the film was entertaining though. Yeah sure, I'd agree that there was no wire work, and that the fight scenes wern't quite as spectaculor as his more recent films. But that dos'nt make it a bad film.
It's set in the late eighties and in LA. Why should it have wire work? It would'nt fit. The fight scenes are filmed fairly well and look down to earth. The plot is fun and quite humourous. Especially Jet Li's American counterparts. Jet Li is his usually respectable self looking out for the under dogs.
There's a skilled American villan, Jonny, with a signature late eighties hair cut. He does a good job of playing the over confident jerk. (similar to the cocky kid in the Karate Kid) There's several confrontations between Jet's crew and Jonny's student lackies until the finale at the end.
In the end this film should be viewed as a fun down to earth Kung Fu flick. It was'nt meant to be the next kung fu master piece. If watched in the right light it should be a fun and familiar(if from the US and LA in particular) addition to your Jet Li collection.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Blah
Was pretty dumb. Almost not worth watching. Poor acting. not one of jet Li's better movies. Had a funny ending .
Published 6 months ago by Svenole
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun flick! Don't take it seriously!
Very funny flick. Its a "no brainer" type of slap stick comedy kung-fu movie. I enjoyed it a ton and love how it was filmed in LA in the late 80s! Read more
Published 9 months ago by iMetalG5
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes
You got to love a good Jet Li film. In this one he plays one of those naive first timers to america who gets in a little over his head. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Kerry Ryan Maloney
1.0 out of 5 stars The Sub-Mediocre
How could this be a movie written, produced and directed
by the great Tsui Hark and starring the great Jet Li? Read more
Published 22 months ago by Veritas Veritatis
4.0 out of 5 stars The Master
Usually anything with Jet Li in it is great. In this dvd I am not sure if I would classify this one as great, maybe more along the line of good. Read more
Published on June 4, 2012 by B. J.
3.0 out of 5 stars I'm satisfied, having paid $3 for this...
This film is ridiculous, and can't be taken seriously. Terrible actors working with a poorly written script makes for some pretty funny moments... Read more
Published on November 22, 2011 by Thomas Kerr
3.0 out of 5 stars "You Chinese men and all your stupid fighting!"
"The Master" is definitely one of the less-venerated Jet Li vehicles. To a casual viewer, it's kind of neat to see an earlier film of his that's not an overt period piece, but... Read more
Published on May 15, 2010 by Mike Sehorn
1.0 out of 5 stars This film is garbage.
This movie is the 2nd straight garbage movie I bought starring Jet Li.I guess all good actors have to play in a few crappy movies as well. Read more
Published on July 15, 2008 by Two Timez TSITL
1.0 out of 5 stars Tsui Hark at his worse
I thought thet this movie was the WORST movie ever based on the talent that was involved. I don't think that Yuen Wah could have been any worse. Read more
Published on February 28, 2006 by morgoth
2.0 out of 5 stars Horrible
Hard as it is to do, this film manages to make Jet Li look very, very bad. I kept having Karate Kid flashbacks! Read more
Published on November 20, 2003 by S. Ott
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