黃飛鴻系列之一代師 (1992)
Martial Arts Master Wong Fei Hung


Reviewed by: pjshimmer
Date: 12/05/2002
Summary: Good movie!

HK stuntman/actor Chin Kar Lok stars as a goofy Wong Fei Hung who ultimately puts a nail on the coffin that was his father's life. But since, he has turned into a self-righteous social rights advocate. You'd be surprised how much he changes from the beginning to the end. At the same time, Lam Ching Ying turns up as a Japanese swordsman who is portrayed as Japanese are always portrayed in HK movie - ruthless, unemotional beings that only care about winning. Of course, the big Chinese hero (WFH), on the contrary, is more interested in spirituality -- as usual.

Overall a pretty good movie, although having a Japanese samurai as a villain in a WFH movie seems a bit out of place. Chin Kar Lok is indeed a better stuntman than a lead. His style is the most awkward moves I have ever seen. The ending ignores a big subplot, but by then who cares anyway, having witness a grand finale between Lam and Chin.

[7/10]


Reviewed by: baoshikang
Date: 06/12/2001
Summary: Good kung fu but grand finale missing

It's great to see Chin Kar Lok and Lam Ching Ying getting an opportunity to really show their skills; however, what should be the penultimate fight of the movie turns out to be the last and the whole movie doesn't actually end so much as stop. The winner of that fight is supposed to meet up with the evil opium purveyors (a pre-fight warm-up sequence even intercuts CKL and one of the bad guys practicing seperately), but, alas, that's it. I guess they ran out of money. Ah, the joys and sorrows of Hong Kong cinema!


Reviewed by: xiaoka
Date: 06/05/2001
Summary: great wushu, cheesy plot, weird ending, but good


I just watched this one over lunch... most of it w/ the fast forward button down. But if you FFWD through the comedy parts, and the romance parts, you can enjoy this movie. Especially if you like good martial arts. I was really surprised, the quality of the fight scenes is pretty high, much better than most martial arts films out there, very little string work!

The ending is weird, a major subplot or two is just kind of ignored, but the ending to the other subplot is handled well.

Maybe there's supposed to be a sequel that never got made?

Reviewer Score: 4

Reviewed by: STSH
Date: 02/05/2000

Takes a while to warm up, but pretty good after the first 30 minutes. In fact, the spot where things picked up dramatically (for me, anyway) was the appearance of one of my favourite veteran actors Kwan Hoi San.
I do not agree that the ending was a disappointment, although I found it odd that the opium plotline was left hanging. I found the ending, which involves a lead character having a distinct change of viewpoint, to be an unusual and very satisfactory ending.
Lotsa action and stunts and fu fighting. And although I think Chin Ga Lok is more a liability than a plus as a leading man, the results still ok. But you'll need either patience or the fast-forward button.

Reviewer Score: 6