Opium The Kung-Fu Master
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Although I own about 25 Shaw Bros, I only consider a handful to be "bad", and this one the only I could not finish despite how much I anticipated getting it. For completists only, and if you can pick it up cheap (I unfortunately did not). If you are just starting your collection, there are many better ones to start with.
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Outstanding movie I have ever seen. It's a must see. One master had to overcome his greatest habit opium. He must get off of it to kill his slain student enemies.Published 17 months ago by Theresa McFarland
Although the build up is slower than most movies in the Genre, Chen Kuan Tai fans will love this movie. Great fight in the end.Published 23 months ago by Cpfrombv
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!Published on January 8, 2014 by Benjii
Ti Lung and Chen Kuan Tai star in this movie about the opium problem in China during the 1800's. The choreography and fight sequences were good as well as the storyline.Published on December 28, 2013 by WisdomThang
It is difficult for me to see Chen Kuen Tai as the bad guy but I really liked the. Movie.. Shows that anyone can fall. Very timely.Published on March 14, 2013 by Constance Cusack
This movie was good. It had a good story line but the fight scenes were too short. The master was a great fighter but his student had more guts and heart to try and stop the... Read morePublished on August 12, 2011 by honeybee60