DUEL OF THE MASTERS is a wacky Taiwanese action comedy made in 1983 back when Asian cinema was famous for effects-fuelled fantasies and zany comedies. This one feels a lot like it wants to be SHAOLIN DRUNKARD and it does have Brandy Yuen in the supporting cast, although in the end it's too cheap to really succeed in what it sets out to do.
The film stars Norman Chu as a bumpkin type hero who wanders the countryside with his eccentric old master. The old master rides a giant rocking horse while another character has a wheelchair with a horn on it. It's that kind of film. The movie is chock full of wacky sound effects and absurd character comedy which is par for the course for the era.
There's not a great deal of fight action here despite Chu's talents as evinced in his Shaw Brothers films. He decides to romance a pretty girl which causes all sorts of problems with her asthmatic father, who is played by screen thug Fung Hark-On in a non-bad guy role, the first I've seen from him. A middle section interlude is the most fun and involves hopping vampires both fake and real. Watch out for the skipping scene accompanied by comedy music and listen out for the music ripped off from PSYCHO.
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