The Master Strikes Back
- 1h 34min
A famous weapons instructor goes on a killing spree, packed with martial arts, after his son is kidnapped and castrated.A famous weapons instructor goes on a killing spree, packed with martial arts, after his son is kidnapped and castrated.A famous weapons instructor goes on a killing spree, packed with martial arts, after his son is kidnapped and castrated.
The script in this movie is one of the worst I have ever come across. And this is from someone who has watched hundreds of Hong Kong movies. It is simply atrocious. There are so many 'What were they thinking?!' moments that you'll be shouting at your TV by its disjointed, nonsensical conclusion.
I'm not sure how they managed to botch such a simple 'revenge film' formula so badly here, but perhaps not condensing the revenge arc into the final 5 minutes of the film would have been prudent. Normally the 'act of transgression' will occur near the beginning of the movie (or at least the middle) and then the protagonist will spend the rest of the film kicking ass, taking names and putting people in an early grave. But not this film. In this film we get the unspeakable sin 10 minutes from the end, when our hero should already be well into the last boss fight. There are honestly so many celluloid crimes on display here it's sickening.
And it's a bit of a shame because some of the actors involved are actually putting in really good performances! They obviously had no idea what they were signing up for.
If you're looking for your kung fu fix then you'll also be disappointed, because there's one fight that lasts about 30 seconds, and the final fight which just about scrapes past the 2-3 minute mark. The choreography on display in these rushed sequences is exciting to watch, but you have to wade through 87 minutes of turd to enjoy it.
Just watch Sun Chung's other fu film, A Fistful of Talons (1983) instead. It's so much better. If you absolutely have to waste your time here then skip to the last 5 minutes of the film. You'll be glad you did.
- Dec 23, 2016