Challenge of the Masters ★★★★

I'm glad the "wrap your pony-tail around your neck like a scarf" look never really caught on.

This remains a solid Lau Kar-Leung film, reinforcing the Wong Fei-hung traditions on the eve of their subversion by a new generation. Lau would do some subverting of his own later (particularly in the realm of gender relations and the role of women in kung fu, aspects which are totally ignored here) but never shakes his belief in this humanist/Confucian ethical system, though he will explore it with greater depth and subtlety in later films.

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