Challenge of the Masters Reviews

  • Feb 11, 2016

    A teenage Wong Fei-hung (who for those unfamiliar is a Chinese folk hero who is kind of the Chinese equivalent to Robin Hood, except that he was definitively a real person) is angered when his father won't train him in the way of martial arts, so he seeks out another teacher to sharpen his skills so he can seek revenge upon those who dishonored his school. Directed by Lau Kar Leung ("Drunken Master II" and "The 36th Chamber of Shaolin") he really delivers the action once again and is greatly aided by star Gordon Liu, who is really under appreciated in the west. I first learned about Wong Fei-hung from Jet Li and Jackie Chan films of the 80s and 90s, so it was fun to see an earlier film incarnation of the character.

    A teenage Wong Fei-hung (who for those unfamiliar is a Chinese folk hero who is kind of the Chinese equivalent to Robin Hood, except that he was definitively a real person) is angered when his father won't train him in the way of martial arts, so he seeks out another teacher to sharpen his skills so he can seek revenge upon those who dishonored his school. Directed by Lau Kar Leung ("Drunken Master II" and "The 36th Chamber of Shaolin") he really delivers the action once again and is greatly aided by star Gordon Liu, who is really under appreciated in the west. I first learned about Wong Fei-hung from Jet Li and Jackie Chan films of the 80s and 90s, so it was fun to see an earlier film incarnation of the character.

  • Sep 30, 2011

    This early Chia-Liang Liu doesn't have much in terms of story or fights, but it does keep a fantastic moral about mercy. The main character is a son of a famous martial artist, but doesn't know kung fu. When he finally trains, he learns life lessons as well as kung fu. A few one on one fight scenes are pretty good, but a lack of a climax and villain cut this one short.

    This early Chia-Liang Liu doesn't have much in terms of story or fights, but it does keep a fantastic moral about mercy. The main character is a son of a famous martial artist, but doesn't know kung fu. When he finally trains, he learns life lessons as well as kung fu. A few one on one fight scenes are pretty good, but a lack of a climax and villain cut this one short.

  • Apr 14, 2009

    Yes, it's a training-based movie, but it's one from Chia-Liang Liu! He's proved himself so many times as a great action choreographer and director, but the real treat is in movies like this where he steps in front of the camera too. He's a decent actor, but has to be one of the best on-camera action performers in the history of cinema, especially with weapons, and in Challege of the Masters he plays a major villain. Good movie, also yet another Wong Fei-hung story, but I liked the focus on being merciful.

    Yes, it's a training-based movie, but it's one from Chia-Liang Liu! He's proved himself so many times as a great action choreographer and director, but the real treat is in movies like this where he steps in front of the camera too. He's a decent actor, but has to be one of the best on-camera action performers in the history of cinema, especially with weapons, and in Challege of the Masters he plays a major villain. Good movie, also yet another Wong Fei-hung story, but I liked the focus on being merciful.