Young Master (HK 1980)

Rating: ***
Director: Jackie Chan
Cast: Jackie Chan, Yuen Biao, Wei Pai, Lily Li

Probably the best and most enjoyable of Jackie's early films (i.e. before "Project A"), and the first film he did for Golden Harvest. Fascinating and intricate choreography showcases Jackie Chan's astounding dexterity as he dishes it out and takes a beating. This is also the only film I've seen with Jackie performing a lion dance. Jackie's goofy antics are toned down considerably, making the film much more enjoyable, and he gives a pretty intense performance. The musical score is also quite interesting - lots of popular classical pieces including Holst's "Mars" and the theme music to "Popeye!" Good stuff.