I have to admit, however, that there is relatively little I can say about the movie that I cannot say about most of Chan's other works. As an actor, Chan is as likeable as he always is and has such an appealing on screen presence that the viewer cannot help but find himself involved with the film's protagonist. The comic moments included in the movie at regular intervals rely either on slapstick or wildly artificial misunderstandings, but are often quite funny. The acting is, to be honest, usually pretty bad, but, because it is so bad, it can actually be entertaining to watch. The story may occasionally strike the viewer as arbitrary or poorly thought out, but not only is it far more coherent than are the narratives related in many of Chan's other films, it is actually engaging as well. Even if it were not, the numerous fight sequences incorporated in the movie infuse The Young Master with such a sense of excitement that it is never slow moving. These routines are, in fact, among the best I have seen in any of Chan's films. All are remarkably well choreographed and many are surprisingly inventive. What is more, it is unlikely that any person is going to watch the film for its deep insights into human relationships or emotions rather than for these action scenes.
Although I certainly will not claim that The Young Master is anything more than a fun diversion, it is a real delight to watch. It is, undoubtedly, one of Chan's better efforts.
Review by Keith Allen
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