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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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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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  • Actors: Jet Li, Wah Yuen, Crystal Kwok, Jerry Trimble, Anne Rickets
  • Directors: Hark Tsui
  • Writers: Hark Tsui, Jack Maeby, Kee-To Lam, Tai-Mok Lau
  • Producers: Hark Tsui, Anthony Chow, David Lo
  • Format: Multiple Formats, 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: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000067J48
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #112,887 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Master" on IMDb

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By A Customer on August 25, 2001
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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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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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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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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Jet Li, clearly on the low point of his career after Born to Defense, starred in this fish out of water martial arts movie in 1989, only to have the thing not released til 1992 after Once Upon a Time in China and Swordsman II came out. Tsui Hark also directed it, but it's hard to tell, because it's not the same competent directing as Once Upon a Time, but rather the rather cheap B-grade HK action directing you'd expect out of someone else.

Jet Li plays the Marital arts student of Yuen Wah (Playing against type, since Wah had a habit of playing nasty bad guys, like in the same year he played the utter monster bad guy in Iceman Cometh. Played the nasty bad guy gangster in Dragons Forever, and was Panther in Police Story 3 Supercop, one of Chaibat's thugs and the one of the vampires in Mr. Vampire.), who travels to Los Angeles to visit his former master and finds that his shop has been trashed and his Master has disappeared into hiding somewhere. Li's Master was defeated by scumbag former student and mullet-head Johnny played with gusto by Jerry Trimble who also in the process destroys his shop.

What ensues is a rather weird version of Way of the Dragon and a proto-Rumble in the Bronx. Li goes around getting into trouble with gangs,bad Taxi Drivers and not being able to understand English or speak it. Finally they settle in the revenge against former student and gigantic ham Johnny plotline with the help of a gang of Hispanic toughs that aren't exactly politically correct, Crystal Kwok and somewhat Anne Rickets.
Yes the fights aren't as good as some of the later ones Jet would produce during the 90s, but the whole movie is rather fun, if not a B-Movie, very cheap looking, though it looks like it was actually filmed in Los Angeles.
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