Kung Fu Cult Master
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|Kung Fu Cult Master|
|Mandarin||Yǐ Tiān Tú Lóng Jì Zhi Mó Jiào Jiào Zhǔ|
|Cantonese||Ji2 Tin1 Tou4 Lung4 Gei3 Zi1 Mo1 Gaau3 Gaau1 Zu2|
|Directed by||Wong Jing|
|Produced by||Jet Li|
|Screenplay by||Wong Jing|
|Story by||Louis Cha|
|Music by||Joseph Koo|
|Edited by||Poon Hung|
|Distributed by||Newport Entertainment Ltd|
Orange Sky Golden Harvest (Current)
|Running time||95 minutes|
Kung Fu Cult Master is a 1993 Hong Kong film adapted from Louis Cha's novel The Heaven Sword and Dragon Saber. Directed by Wong Jing, it featured fight choreography by Sammo Hung, and starred Jet Li, Sharla Cheung, Chingmy Yau and Gigi Lai in the lead roles. Due to the failing in the box office, plans for its sequels has been cancelled, leaving the cliffhanger unresolved.
Zhang Wuji and his parents return from an isolated island and travel to Mount Wudang to celebrate his grandteacher Zhang Sanfeng's 100th birthday. Several pugilists attempt to force Zhang Wuji's parents to reveal the whereabouts of his godfather, Xie Xun, but they refuse and commit suicide in defiance. Zhang Wuji has been seriously injured by the Xuanming Elders and almost dies, but Zhang Sanfeng shows special care towards him and attempts to preserve his life. However, that incurs the jealousy of his senior Song Qingshu, who collaborates with Zhou Zhiruo of the Emei Sect to harm Zhang Wuji.
One day, Zhang Wuji is bullied by Song and falls off a cliff together with Xiaozhao, a girl who helped him. They meet Huogong Toutuo by coincidence and Zhang recovers from his wounds completely, learning the powerful "Nine Yang Skill" in the process as well. Zhang discovers later that the Shaolin Sect is plotting with five other major sects to attack Bright Peak, headquarters of the Ming Cult, where Zhang's maternal grandfather, Yin Tianzheng is. Zhang ventures into a forbidden place on the peak and finds the "Heaven and Earth Great Shift" manual, mastering another powerful skill, and he helps the Ming Cult defeat the six sects. The cult members are grateful to Zhang and nominate him to be their leader.
Zhang Wuji discovers that the conflict between the Ming Cult and the six sects was instigated by his godfather's sworn enemy, Cheng Kun, who has been hiding under a new identity in Shaolin all this while. At the same time, he also encounters Zhao Min, a Mongol princess, who is also an enemy of his cult. Zhao uses a special drug to poison the cult's members and Zhang Wuji confronts her to ask for the antidote. Zhao Min makes Zhang promise to help her do three things in exchange for the antidote. At the same time, Yin Tianzheng and the cult's members, who misbelieved that Shaolin was behind the poisoning, go to Shaolin Monastery for revenge but they are surprised to see corpses everywhere instead.
In fact, Song Qingshu had actually betrayed the Wudang Sect and defected to the Mongol government. He is plotting with Zhao Min and her men to kill Zhang Sanfeng, but Zhang Wuji returns in time and saves his grandteacher. Zhang Wuji promises not to use his newly mastered skills and still manages to defeat the Xuanming Elders. The film ends on a cliffhanger, as Zhao Min leaves after telling Zhang Wuji to go to Dadu to find her if he wants to rescue the missing members of the six sects.
- Jet Li as Chang Mo-Gei (Zhang Wuji)
- Sharla Cheung as Chao Min / Yan So-so (Zhao Min / Yin Susu)
- Gigi Lai as Chow Chi-yu (Zhou Zhiruo)
- Chingmy Yau as Tsu Chu (Xiaozhao)
- Sammo Hung as Chang San-fung (Zhang Sanfeng)
- Francis Ng as Chang Tsui San (Zhang Cuishan)
- Carina Lau as No-mercy (Miejue)
- Bryan Leung as Jinx / Luk Sin-sang / Sung Yuen Kin (Lu Zhangke)
- Collin Chou as Sung Ching Su (Song Qingshu)
- Richard Ng as Wai Yat-siu (Wei Yixiao)
- Yan Huaili as Xie Xun
- Cho Wing as Shaolin monk fighter
- Tenky Tin as Mount Hua priest
- Ekin Cheng
- Lam Ching-ying
- John Ching
- Chow Yee-fan