Kung Fu Theater: The Young Master

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This month’s installment in Dan Halsted’s ongoing celebration of all things whoop-ass is a rare 35mm print of 1980’s The Young Master, the film that capitalized on a young Jackie Chan’s early promise in films like Snake in the Eagle’s Shadow and the original (and much less interesting than its all-timer of a successor) Drunken Master. The Young Master is where Jackie’s blend of comedy and carefree destruction solidly locked into the formula that would make him the biggest action star in the world. In fact, this film and its jaw-dropping final fight was the first to earn Jackie more plaudits—and more importantly to the studios, more money—than the legendary Bruce Lee.

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