The Young Master(1980)

The Young Master(1980)

The Young Master (师弟出马) is a 1980 Hong Kong martial arts action film directed by and starring Jackie Chan as Dragon.

The film is notable for being the first that Jackie Chan worked on for Golden Harvest, and despite being his second film as director (his first was The Fearless Hyena), this is often incorrectly credited as his directorial debut. It was co-written by Chan and King Sang Tang and produced by Raymond Chow and Leonard Ho.

As is common with Jackie Chan's films, the fight scenes involve the use of many different weapons including poles, a rope, fans, benches and swords. Dragon Lord is supposedly the sequel to The Young Master and was even originally called Young Master in Love, as confirmed by Jackie Chan in his book.


Plot

The school attended by Dragon (Chan) and his brother, Tiger (Wei Pei) is entered against a rival school in a Lion Dance competition. The school needs to win the prize money to remain open but their star performer, Tiger, is seemingly injured when he falls from a ladder, leaving his brother, Dragon, to take his place. During the competition, Dragon realizes that his brother feigned his accident in order to take part in the competition for the rival school.

The rival school wins the competition, but the truth emerges about Tiger's betrayal and he is exiled in disgrace. Dragon vows to bring back his errant brother so the pair can make amends to their master. Dragon sets off on his mission, but en route is mistaken for a criminal known as The White Fan by local police chief, Sang Kung (played by Shih Kien). Meanwhile, Tiger collaborates with his employers (the rival school) by freeing a dangerous criminal known as Kam (Hwang In-Sik). However, Tiger is later framed for a bank robbery. To stop his brother from being arrested, Dragon promises to apprehend the escapee, Kam.

The movie ends with a furious, brutal fight between Kam and Dragon, in which Dragon sustains substantial damage. At the beginning of the fight, it appears that Kam has the upper hand as he punishes Dragon with blindingly fast punches and kicks. However, after consuming water from an opium pipe given to him by a whimsical old man, Dragon becomes energized and defeats Kam. The movie ends with Dragon returning to his hometown, a hero (albeit one in full body cast from the many injuries he sustained).

Cast

Jackie Chan - Dragon Lung
Yuen Biao - Sang Kung's son / Fourth Brother
Tien Feng - Master
Feng Feng - Ah Suk
Wei Pai - Tiger
Shih Kien - Sang Kung
Lily Li - Sang Kung's Daughter
Hwang In-Shik - Master Kam (as Whong In Shik)
David Cheng - Master Kam's son
Yue Tau Wan - Cross Eye
Bruce Tang Yim Chan - Ah Chang
Mars - (extra) (uncredited)

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