Challenge of the MastersHD
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About the Movie
Unarguably the greatest character in kung-fu film history is Huang Fei-hong. Arguably the greatest director of pure kung-fu films is Liu Chia-liang. Putting the two together was natural, since Liu started his career working on the classic Huang, and his family was trained by students of the real Huang Fei-hong! So after his first film as director, "The Spiritual Boxer", was a huge hit, Liu decided to make the greatest tale of Huang and his “sifu” (teacher) ever filmed. He made a star of his adoptive brother, Gordon Liu Chia-hui, in the leading role, and filled the cast with family members, friends, students, and the best Shaw Brothers had to offer. He even played the villain himself. The result was more Liu magic, with an honorable message of righteousness that rings true through the decades.
Not the Best Shaw Brothers Film
Gordon Liu plays a student who brings together rival Kung Fu schools by being gracious instead of ruthless. The few, one on one, fight scenes are done very well, but the training and the final contest fight scenes are nothing great. Even the philosophies that the film leans on are not expressed well.