Three Evil Masters (1980)

AKA The Master

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Three Evil Masters (1980) Director: Lu Chin Ku
Producer: Shaw Brothers Studio
Starring: Chen Kuan-tai, Yuen Tak, Wang Lung-wei, Chiang Lin

In Three Evil Masters (1980), Gao Jian (Yuen Tak) is a low-ranking kung fu student who is constantly bullied. His misfortune changes when he begins to train with a wounded kung fu expert Jin Tien-yun (Chen Kuan-tai). Jin Tien-yun is forced to leave his schoool and to go into hiding by the ‘Three Devils’. The Three Devils eventually kill Jin Tien-yun and Gao Jian returns a year later to get revenge for the kung fu expert’s death at the hands of the Three Devils and to free Jin Tien-yun’s school from the Devils.

Note: This film introduces Yuen Tak, a classmate of Jackie Chan’s, who’s skill as a kung fu practitioner are unparalleled among his classmates, known as the “Seven Little Fortunes*”

*The Seven Little Fortunes were also known as The Lucky Seven. They were a performance troupe consisting of the China Drama Academy’s most capable students. Wit members as young as 7 or 8 years old, they travelled and showed their acrobatic and acting skills to domestic and western audiences in theatres and other venues. The school also sent these students to work for movie studios as extras and many became famous including Sammo Hung, Jackie Chan, Yuen Biao, Corey Yuen, Yuen Wah, Yuen Tak, Yuen Tai, and Yuen Mo.