plays yet another orphan who has been taken in at a Kung-Fu school, along
with his older brother, Tiger. Tiger accepts a bribe from a rival school
to perform the annual New Year’s Lion Dance competition against his
own school, and is driven away by his Master when his betrayal is
discovered. From there, he embarks upon a life of crime, and when little
brother Ah Lung (Jackie) leaves to find him, he is mistaken for big
brother Tiger and arrested. In the end, Ah Lung tries to clear Tiger’s
name by bringing the real criminal mastermind to justice.
Debbie's Review: This
movie definitely belongs in my top 5 list (which consists of at least 8
titles). This was the first movie Jackie made for Golden Harvest films,
so it has a bigger budget, and Jackie had more control than in any of
his previous movies; and it really shows. Young Master is full of
comedy and great martial arts and Jackie’s unique style. It starts off
with the traditional Lion Dance between the two rival martial arts
schools, with Ah Lung (Jackie) carrying the dragon’s head for his
school, and Tiger carrying
the head for the other. The story gripped me right away: once Ah Lung
realizes Big Brother is the other dragon head he hasn’t the heart to
win, which results in his being punished for his brother’s treachery.
This scene establishes the devotion Ah Lung feels for his brother, and
made me really care about the character.
This is closely followed by the White Fan
fight, where Ah Lung uses a beautiful fan to bedazzle his opponent. This
fight alone took hundreds of takes to get just right, earning Jackie the
reputation not only for being a perfectionist, but a big spender. Thank
goodness Raymond Chow and Leonard Ho of Golden Harvest films continued
to give Jackie free reign in spite of this, because this movie is a
masterpiece. The White Fan fight from Young Master is my favorite
of all Jackie’s fights, and for me surpasses any of his bone-breaking
stunts with its gorgeous, graceful choreography.
Next comes a group fight when Ah Lung is
mistaken for Big Brother, and the local deputies try to arrest him.
Great comedy, great choreography…really clever use of the
surroundings, taking place inside a small Buddhist temple. This runs
almost immediately into a fight with Opera Brother Yuen Biao, who plays
the local Sheriff’s disrespectful, lazy son, and then a fight with the
Sheriff himself. The comedy here is wonderful: a great blend of funny
dialogue, mistaken identities and silly slapstick
Next is an over-the-top slapstick fight with a couple of the
thieves that Tiger has fallen in with, and finally, the big battle with
Mr. Head Bad Guy himself.
This end fight runs for what seems like 15
minutes, and is unbelievable. Jackie’s opponent, played by Wang In Sik,
is one of the great kickers of all time and he’s simply a joy to
watch, even for a non-martial artist like me. This is the forerunner of
the great final battle in Drunken Master 2, but instead of
alcohol, Jackie imbibes 20 year-old tobacco-pipe juice, which renders
him immune to pain (as well as rational thought). I just don’t have
enough words to describe how much I love this film!
(aka the young master)'s Review: I mus' say this film is truly a
jackie chan classic, having seen The Drunken Master and Snake in Eagles
Shadow, this is by far the best of all three action wise. Jackie is on
top form and precision timing and perfection in all the fight scenes is
formiddable. Only thing that lacks is the script, it's not as good as
snake in eagles shadow and drunken master. But this film is certainly
the same level as Bruce's Way of the Dragon, so no wonder jackie is ah
lung in this film. If you like clean cut action like Way of the Dragon,
this is a must see. Don't let this film by pass you, cuz this classic
forever remains one of the best martial arts films ever.
Review: In my view, Young Master is one of JC's finest movies. It goes
back to the roots of Chinese cinema. The dragon dance at the beginning
best describes it. This movie was so original. Not just your average
hand to hand combat, but new forms. (the bench fight, the swords, the
dress) The final fight with Whang Inn Sik is fantastic. Pick this one up
Review: The fight scenes are decent but not many of them. And the
script is not good. Trivia 1. Yuen Biao doubled for Jackie Chan in
akrobatiks and stunts. 2. When Jackie started filmming with Wang-in sikh
Jackie was chocked how fast Wang-in Sikh kicked. 3. In the Amerikan
version of the movie the fight with Yuen Biao and Jackie Chan is not as
long as in the original Chinese version.
M's Review: Amazing, tied for my favourite Jackie Chan ever! The
perfect mix of action, comedy, and drama! What I find so incredible
however is how good it is compared to Jackie's films of today...it's
insane how beautiful this movie is; it flows quite nicely.
10/10 fo sho!
Review: This is a great early effort from Jackie. The fight sequences
are well choreographed and are integrated well into the story,and the
comedy is quite well-placed and generally entertaining. The final fight
scene is highly entertaining, it is long, but never feels drwan out.
Good use of props in many of the fights as well, just basic ones like a
fan or table,but they add so much to those scenes. Jackie's character is
one of his best, and the work between him and his on-screen brother is
generally quite good. Overall, a top-notch Jackie Chan film, ranking up
there with his very best work,I say.
Review: This Movie I Have been waiting to see for a LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOng
time (im waiting a LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONG time to see Drunken Master 1)and i
finally found it.I got home Put it in the video machine and watched.I
said WHAT THE F*^K because some of the scenes were missing on the tape
that ive got.it cut the fan fight and the final fight out.when Jackie
throws the fan 360 they cut that out.in the final fight when Jackie
drinks the fuel thingy and does a flip up when he gets up they cut it
out.BUT the even they took the good parts out the movie was GREAT.i love
this film and you can see how the bad guy (final boss) is when you are a
martial artist like me. overall the top 4 jackie chan movie.
J's Review: Well, Debbie pretty much sums up everything about this
seminal classic, which along with Drunken Master represents, in my
opinion, his best examples of the early style of kung fu films. But with
wonderful sprinkles of Jackie liberally applied.
What particularly grabs me about this film is that is that it shows
Jackie's ethos of performing fight shots in one-take, rather than chop
and edit around them, much as is the case these days.
Good examples are the aforementioned fan scene and my personal favourite,
the sword fight in the church. The skill required is amazing, although
Jackie modestly says its it is patience that is needed, whatever it is
this man possesses it in abundance and frankly he appears sometimes to
be not of this world.
The fact that this film also has Jackie fighting Yuen Biao just puts
extra layers of icing on an already super sweet cake. The original,
unedited 20 min fight scene at the end is also breathtaking, and
exhausting to watch. Makes you appreciate even more the amount of effort
it obviously took to film.
This was my first period Jackie film, so I'm probably a little biased,
but who cares?? This film deserves high marks for the effort alone, and
so it is with considerably less effort that I award this a
Review: This film come 3 on my jc list. The end fight is the best fight
a ever seen i a JC film. I only say, this film is worth watching.
Contreras' Review: In my opinion this is THE ULTIMATE JACKIE CHAN MOVIE. It was the first Jackie Chan movie I saw. It has some of the greatest action scenes. Jackie goes over the top in this movie as he fights with fans, poles, chairs, swords, and a skirt. And you have to see the final fight is FANTASTIC. Even if you are not a Jackie Chan fan you will enjoy it, I GUARANTEE
Joe's Review: First great Jackie movie.
Hil-ar-i-ous. Awesome end fight, and some nice group fights, making this
Jackie's best period film.
Mike's Review: This movie was excellent, Truly a classic. Jackie's choreography was wonderful. He showed everyone else that Jackie Chan could do a lion dance scene, and
do it very well. The comedy was great. Plus I always enjoy when his opera school brothers show up, so Yuen Biao being in the movie added two points to
the score. I loved the final fight. The bad guy was an incredible kicker. You could really see the contrast in the fight with the big bad boss and the rest
of the fights, this was needed, and Jackie put it in, because why would the head boss be as easy a fight for Jackie as everyone else in the movie was? I loved
this movie. Jackie also showed how to work that white fan in a fight like a true