The Master Strikes Back (1985)
Reviewed by: pjshimmer on 2002-06-03
It was 6 years after the original Kung Fu Instructor (also starring Ti Lung and directed by Sun Chung), and director Sun Chung recreated the Ti Lung-driven role in this low-budget 1985 Shaw Brothers movie. Like most SB movies of this era, the picture is outdated, and it is obvious. The movie is extremely melodramatic and sentimental, as it depicts some of the most unpleasant issues that few would want to be aware of. In the first half, Ti Lung battles prostitution; in the second half, Ti Lung tries to save his son from being CASTRATED (roughly the procedure of removing the TESTICLES). In general, he is really pissing a local owner (Michael Chan) off, who has authorities and is now determined to screw Ti Lung's life. There are some things borrowed from the original KF Instructor, so watch for those. This is a pretty good emotional movie, but there really isn't a lot of character development to support the plot. Also, there isn't nearly enough fight scenes. Still, it's one of the last Shaw movies; it's really rare too, so if you get to see it, why the hell not.