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The Master
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Yuen Wah and Jet Li
 
AKA: Wong Fei-Hong '92
Chinese: 黃飛鴻92 : 龍行天下
Year: 1992
Director: Tsui Hark
Action: Yuen Wah
Cast: Jet Li Lian-Jie, Yuen Wah, Jerry Trimble, Crystal Kwok Kam-Yan, Billy Blanks, To Wai-Woo, Lam Ping-Hong
The Skinny: If this is why Jet Li decided to stop working with Tsui Hark, then I must heartily support his decision. Probably the worst Jet Li (and even Tsui Hark) production.
 
Review
by Kozo:

Jet Li's most ill-advised project, this modern take on Wong Fei-Hong substitutes San Francisco for Canton and bad stuff for everything else. Li is a student of master Yuen Wah, who runs a herbal medicine shop in San Francisco called Po Chi Lam (Just like Wong Fei-Hong, get it?). Jet arrives in the US to visit his master, but runs into trouble. It seems that some of his master's American students want to use their new kung-fu skills for personal gain. To teach them their place, Jet does the obvious: he beats them up soundly.

Aside from the world-class boring plotline, the movie wastes just about every other resource it has. The fighting itself is decent, but the acting is terrible, the script shoddy, and the technical gaffes near-unforgiveable. In one dolly zoom, the camera zooms back to reveal...the dolly track! Furthermore the character depictions are obscenely ill-advised, and the comedy is just plain annoying. Why Jet Li and Tsui Hark chose to do this film after all their fine Hong Kong work is a mystery that cannot be easily explained. (Kozo 1999)

 
Notes: • Like many other films of its ilk, the Miramax/Dimension/Disney consortium has purchased the North American rights to The Master. Surprisingly, the film title has been left unchanged and is still The Master. Normally the mention of Disney purchasing a Hong Kong film gets a full round of boos, but in the case of The Master, they're welcome to have it.
Availability: DVD (Hong Kong)
Region 3 NTSC
Joy Sales
16x9 Anamorphic Widescreen
Cantonese and Mandarin Language Tracks
Dolby Digital 5.1 / DTS 5.1
Removable English and Chinese Subtitles
 
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