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The Young Master (1980) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Blu-ray Region A

Jackie Chan (Actor, Director) | Yuen Biao (Actor) | Fung Hak On | Shek Kin
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All Editions Rating: Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9 out of 10 (4)

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Directed by and starring Jackie Chan, The Young Master (1980) showcases Chan's talent for creating action comedies. The carefully choreographed fight sequences, well-blended with hilarious comedy, creates a unique experience that one can only find in Jackie Chan's films. Starting from Drunken Master, Jackie Chan has explored the different possibilities of action comedies, which later become a very representative genre in Hong Kong cinema. The Young Master follows Dragon's (Jackie Chan) adventure in fetching his martial arts brother who has betrayed the martial arts school. The unlucky Dragon gets mistaken for a criminal, and needs to prove his innocence by solving the case...
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Product Title: The Young Master (1980) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) 師弟出馬 (1980) (Blu-ray) (香港版) 师弟出马 (1980) (Blu-ray) (香港版) The Young Master (1980) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) The Young Master (1980) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Jackie Chan (Actor) | Yuen Biao (Actor) | Fung Hak On | Shek Kin | Lily Lee | Wai Pak (Wei Bai) | Tien Feng | Lee Hoi Sang 成龍 (Actor) | 元彪 (Actor) | 馮克安 | 石堅 | 李麗麗 | 韋白 | 田豐 | 李海生 成龙 (Actor) | 元彪 (Actor) | 冯克安 | 石坚 | 李丽丽 | 韦白 | 田丰 | 李海生 成龍(ジャッキー・チェン) (Actor) | 元彪(ユン・ピョウ) (Actor) | 馮克安 (フォン・ハクオン) | 石堅(シー・キエン) | 李麗麗(リー・ライライ) | 韋白(ワイ・バック) | 田豊(ティエン・ファン) | Lee Hoi Sang 성룡 (Actor) | 원표 (Actor) | Fung Hak On | Shek Kin | Lily Lee | Wai Pak (Wei Bai) | Tien Feng | Lee Hoi Sang
Director: Jackie Chan 成龍 成龙 成龍(ジャッキー・チェン) 성룡
Blu-ray Region Code: A - Americas (North, Central and South except French Guiana), Korea, Japan, South East Asia (including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) What is it?
Release Date: 2012-11-30
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Country of Origin: Hong Kong
Picture Format: [HD] High Definition What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1, 2.35 : 1, Widescreen
Sound Information: 7.1, Dolby Digital EX(TM) / THX Surround EX(TM), 6.1, DTS-HD Master Audio
Disc Format(s): Blu-ray, 25 GB - Single Layer
Screen Resolution: 1080p (1920 x 1080 progressive scan)
Rating: I
Duration: 106 (mins)
Publisher: Kam & Ronson Enterprises Co Ltd
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1032100385

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* Special Features:
- Trailer

Director: Jackie Chan

Ching Loong (Jackie Chan), a young student suddenly thrown into the limelight when his Red School elder, Cheng Keung (Wei Pei), drops out of the annual Lion Dance competition in Guangzhou.

As Ching stuggles against the representative of the rival Blue School, he discovers that it is the debt-laden Cheng. Ching tries to make Cheng turn over a new leaf but his mission to clear Cheng's name lands him in hot soup when he is framed for a crime.

Now the young master not only has the reputation of Cheng and the school on his shoulders, he has to prove his own innocence as well.
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Professional Review of "The Young Master (1980) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)"

March 13, 2007

This professional review refers to The Young Master (1980) (Digitally Remastered) (Joy Sales Version) (Hong Kong Version)
After a failed bid for Hollywood success, martial arts megastar Jackie Chan returned to Hong Kong for 1980's The Young Master, a film that marked the beginning of a long and successful relationship with Golden Harvest. After a great deal of backstage wrangling thanks to Golden Harvest head honcho Raymond Chow and Jimmy Wang Yu, the young Chan was finally released from all contractual obligations to director/producer Lo Wei, and consequently became free to do his movies the "Jackie Chan way." And while The Young Master certainly hearkens back to the old school charms of his previous work in terms of plot and setting, the film possesses more than enough of Chan's trademark slapstick humor and high-energy stunts to make it a noteworthy transitional film in the Jackie Chan filmography.

Chan falls back into the familiar role (in name, at least) of lovable scamp Lung, who along with his brother Lo (Wei Pak), lives in a martial arts school run by the venerable Master Tien (Tin Fung). Things are going just swell until Lo, Master Tien's star pupil, fakes an injury and secretly lion dances for the rival school. After Lo's treachery is revealed (along with a prostitute he bought with his ill-gotten gains), Master Tien banishes the elder brother from the school. Grief-stricken, Lung vows to track his brother down and get him to make amends, but as Lo ventures out alone, he falls in with the wrong crowd, participating in a jailbreak that frees uber-baddie Kam (Whang In-Sik).

Unfortunately, Lung finds himself mistaken for Lo, and consequently has to battle the local authorities during his quest. Also, in a series of comic interludes, Lung meets up with Marshal Sam Kung (Enter the Dragon's Shih Kien), his fleet-footed son (Yuen Biao), and his beautiful, but deadly daughter (Lily Li). Lung eventually convinces the famous lawman to allow him to bring in the evil convict to nullify his brother's crime. What ensues is undoubtedly one of the most brutal fights in the young Jackie Chan's career, quite unlike anything Chan had done before.

When viewed within the context of Jackie Chan's pre-Police Story work, The Young Master is a veritable masterpiece. With the possible exception of the two movies Chan made for Ng See-Yuen's Seasonal Films, The Young Master is perhaps one of Chan's liveliest, most creative films of that early era. Though the humor and stuntwork might seem quaint for those more familiar with his later works, I have to admit that after personally wading through such early duds like New Fist of Fury, this movie is a definite breath of fresh air. As director, Chan deftly weaves kung fu and humor in a far more extensive way than prior works, as evidenced in such scenes as Chan's fan-battle with the corpulent Bull (Fan Mei-Sheng), the acrobatic bench duel with an equally-talented Yuen Biao, and his quick fight with Lily Li, in which she uses her billowing dress to disorient our hero. Add to that the numerous comic setups between Chan and Shih Kien, and the definite chemistry between Chan and all the major players, and you're left with a film that could - but doesn't - coast solely on charm.

But still, even at this early stage of his career, Chan was savvy enough to know when to jettison humor in order to up the dramatic ante. A example of this is the opening lion dance that comes across as a surprisingly tense and riveting sequence, despite the fact that it's been done and seen many times since. Those weaned on the gravity-defying lion dances of Once Upon a Time in China series may be bored by the real-world constraints enforced on the performers here. But to my mind, the focus on realism is a definite plus.

Also benefiting from the upped realism is one of the most memorable parts of the film, Chan's final fight with Whang In-Sik. This duel is a first for Chan in that it actually feels real thanks to the hard-edged, street-fighting vibe of the action choreography. Unlike the fight-filled endings of Chan's previous films, this particular sequence doesn't come across as looking like just another rehearsed routine. This film marks the first time in a long time that I genuinely thought Chan might actually lose - contrary to my natural instincts, of course! The fight scene goes on seemingly forever as Chan's character constantly gets his ass handed to him by his superior combatant, but at each loss, he bravely and comically continues to rise to the occasion. And as a kicker to this stunning action sequence, the film concludes with a shot that is a laugh out-loud funny observation on the perils of kung fu fighting.

But despite all these compliments, I wouldn't say that The Young Master is a definite crowd-pleaser. Some viewers will find the fights to be a tad overlong and the plot to be meandering at best, and both are suitable criticisms. But then again, martial arts aficionados will probably appreciate the fact that the fight scenes actually make sense within the story and naturally evolve as each action scene progresses. And really, all that comic meandering in the story makes for quality entertainment as Chan dispenses with the clichéd plot and instead decides to just have a little fun. Though Chan would follow up the success of this film with the similarly themed Dragon Lord, I like to think of The Young Master as Jackie Chan's temporary swansong to the kung fu period film and a fitting prelude to his later forays into the realm of modern action.

by Calvin McMillin

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Customer Review of "The Young Master (1980) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)"

Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9 out of 10 (4)

jasmine
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May 27, 2007

This customer review refers to The Young Master (1980) (Digitally Remastered) (Joy Sales Version) (Hong Kong Version)
young master Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
This is the beginning of his comedy/kung fu choreography. Love the lion dance and wish they had shown the warming up bits in full prior to the competition instead of cutting in and out to show villagers placing bets with the bookie. What a waste!! For martial arts enthusiast, this lion dance sequence is one of many 'dance combo' layout. Still showing off his physique in the shower scene and the dialogue/short 'fighting' scene with veteran actor Sek Tin (the marshall) is typical Jackie slapstick comedy. Pity it's one of the last period film he did before moving on to modern era. Plenty of action in the scene with Korean tae-kwan-do master although it was dragging on a bit but I still wouldn't miss this one.
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Kenshiro
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May 1, 2007

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Chan's last old school action Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
This is the first movie made by Jackie Chan. Well, Fearless Hyena was his first direction, but he was still working for Lo Wei and did not have the same freedom he enjoyed with Golden Harvest ( a company owned by Raymond Chow who will later become #1 in Asia in term of action films ). Young Master ressemble a lot of the best stuff he learned with Yuen Woo Ping ( wich he worked with for Snake in eagle shadow and Drunken master). So for kung fu fans it's a great movie. It is also the last old school kung fu film he did (he's last period kung fu film was Drunken master 2 in 1994 ) before moving with action films. Not his best period kung fu but a good one.
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Phoenix Lin
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March 17, 2007

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Classic Jackie Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9 out of 10
A classic Jackie Chan movie showcasing his awesome acrobatics/choreography while still connected to his traditional Chinese style, complete with Lion Dance. Reviewing the squabbles with his opera brother, Yuen Biao, are definate highlights & I believe this may be the best of Jackie's period films. For an instant you forget why Jackie was roaming the country-side but typical kung-fu plot mentality is forgiven when you are dazzled with 'skirt foot', fan or bench vs. pole.
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Anonymous

May 29, 2001

This customer review refers to The Young Master (1980) (DVD) (US Version)
Young Jackie in Action Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9 out of 10
Again, Universe gives the basic treatment. The film (uncut thank goodness), plus a biography, some trailers and thats about it. The English subtitles are easy to read though. This is THE first Jackie film in which he defined his future acting and directing style. Comedy, action, extraordinary kung fu, especially in the last exhausting fight scene, coupled with a good story line make this a must see for fans. A collector's item!
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