The Master


The Master Review

Is Jet Li "the master?" The master of really bad kung fu movies, if this 1989 outing is any indication, bringing the flying fists of Li to Los Angeles to face a blonde nemesis who looks like Sledge Hammer!'s David Rasche.

Notable mainly for its overuse of slow motion, its unbearably bad dubbing, and Li's fascination-du-jour with putting people into arm locks, there's absolutely nothing here to make the movie worth watching. Li, early in his career, spends most of the running time gawking at the scenery while he struggles to remember his lines. Cheaply produced and shot with a minimum of effort, this is one archival 'fu film that should have remained on ice.

Aka Long xing tian xia.

The Master

Facts and Figures

Run time: 144 mins

In Theaters: Friday 21st September 2012

Box Office USA: $16.2M

Box Office Worldwide: $28.3M

Budget: $32M

Distributed by: The Weinstein Company

Production compaines: Annapurna Pictures, The Weinstein Company, Ghoulardi Film Company

Reviews 1.5 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 85%
Fresh: 191 Rotten: 33

IMDB: 7.1 / 10

Cast & Crew



Starring: as Freddie Quell, as Lancaster Dodd, as Mary Sue Dodd, as Helen, as Val Dodd, as Elizabeth Dodd, as Clark, as Doris Solstad, as Bill White, Patty McCormack as Mildred Drummond, as Mrs. Solstad, Barbara Brownell as Margaret O'Brien, as Martha the Salesgirl, Jennifer Neala Page as Winn Manchester, Christopher Evan Welch as John More, Mike Howard as Rorschach Doctor, Bruce Goodchild as V.A. Doctor / Interview, Frank Bettag as Frank, Mimi Cozzens as Chi Chi Crawford