By: The Cinema Drunkie
Welcome to FOOT FIST FRIDAYS! A weekly dose of fight action where the Action-Flix.com experts share their thoughts on some of the greatest scenes of fisticuffs in action cinema history!
This week, The Cinema Drunkie returns and he isn’t playing around as he brings us Prime Jackie Chan martial arts mastery in the classic 1980 fisticuffs fueled, adrenalized, high flying force of nature The Young Master. Get ready for Jackie at his best!!!
It should go without saying that Jackie Chan is the greatest action performer who ever lived. That man has done more in one of his movies than 99% of all action stars have done throughout their entire filmography. Movies like Drunken Master 2, Police Story, Supercop, & First Strike, just to name a few, have shown us the most ultimate of Chan’s abilities, solidifying his status as a god amongst action fans. But one movie seems to fly under the radar quite a bit within the action fandom, only popping up with a mention here and there. A film that contains probably the most ultimate fight in his entire career. That film is… The Young Master.
His second directorial effort, The Young Master is peak Jackie, incorporating his trademark comedic style seen in previous classics Snake in the Eagle’s Shadow & Drunken Master, but featuring more fierce and complex fighting. The fan fight is a perfect example of this. A scene that holds the record for requiring the most takes to complete at more than 300.
Fantastic scene. But that’s not the one I want to talk about on this edition of Foot Fist Friday. Oh no. I want to talk about the final epic climactic fight. A fight so epic, so awesome, so extraordinary, it has to be seen to be believed.
Did I mention it’s also 18 minutes long?
That’s right, ladies and gentlemen. The final fight in The Young Master is a whopping 18. Minutes. Long. 18 minutes of pure kung fu action mayhem. I think it qualifies as the longest fight scene ever. Before I get into it, let me provide context:
After his brother is kicked out of their school for helping a rival school win a lion dance competition against them, Jackie sets out to find his brother and bring him back. But when his brother gets mixed up with gangsters, Jackie will do all he can to save him and win back both their honors.
When we get to the finale, Jackie is attempting to bring in the main gangster responsible for all the shenanigans. But this guy is a legitimate kung fu badass, and Jackie will need every ounce of his kung fu knowledge to beat him. So they fight. And fight. And fight. And fight. I know what you’re thinking. “That sounds like it might be boring.” Quite the contrary, my dear action fan. The fight is so expertly choreographed, directed and performed that it never gets dull. Not for a second.
Just straight, unfiltered kung fu fighting excellence. Truly some of Jackie’s finest work.
And now, without further ado, may I present to you the final fight from Jackie Chan’s The Young Master:
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