Film / Kung Fu Cult Master
A 1993 Wuxia
film directed by Wong Jing and starring the inimitable Jet Li, based on the Jin Yong
novel The Heaven Sword and Dragon Sabre
Long ago, a sword and a sabre were made from Yeung Guo's Heavy Iron Sword and the finest gold, and which contained within themselves the military strategies of Yue Fei and the fabled Nine Yin Manual of martial arts. It is said whoever possesses the Heaven Sword and Dragon Sabre, then, would have the power to rule the martial arts world. Soon enough, two groups emerge to do battle over the two weapons: the Six Large Sects, a faction formed from a who's who of famous martial arts factions, led by the Shaolin; and the Ming Cult of Persia, also known as the Evil Cult.
Cheung Mo-Kei (Jet Li) is the son of a disciple of the Wu Tang sect's Cheung San Fung, and the daughter of White Brows Eagle King, who was raised by Cheung San Fung after his parents were forced to commit suicide to protect their friend, and the Heaven Sword, from being found by the Six Large Sects. And if that wasn't enough, Mo-Kei was also wounded by the Xuanming Divine Palm just before his parents died, which left him weak and unable to learn kung fu.
However, a turn of events causes Mo-Kei to learn the Nine Yang Divine Skill from a crazed Shaolin monk strapped to a boulder, curing his wound and bestowing superhuman chi
levels onto him. With his new kung fu, Mo-Kei sets out to find the Ming cult, and take his revenge on the people who drove his parents to death.
Contains examples of:
- Action Girl: Most of the female characters.
- Actor Allusion: Jet Li learns tai chi from Cheung San Fung. Amusingly enough, Cheung San Fung/ Zhang San Feng was his role in Tai Chi Master.
- Chick Magnet: Mo-Kei.
- Cool Old Guy: Cheung San Fung.
- Cut Short: The film ends with Mo-Kei and the Ming Cult just about to set off to rescue the Six Large Sects from the Imperial Government. A sequel was intended, but never filmed, leaving the film to end on an unresolved Cliffhanger.
- Everybody Was Kung-Fu Fighting
- Instant Expert: One of the abilities that learning the Nine Yang Divine Skill gives Mo-Kei, enabling him to learn the Heaven and Earth Great Shift in 6 hours.
- Instrument of Murder: Used by Zhao Man when Mo-Kei confronts her.
- Ki Attacks: One of the abilities the Nine Yang Divine Skill gives Mo-Kei.
- Mood Whiplash: Way too frequently, especially if the two guys from the Mount Hua Sect are in a scene...
- Raging Stiffie: Mo-Kei gets one when he spends the night with Siu Chao, receiving her chi to keep him from dying of cold.
- Supernatural Martial Arts: Nine Yang Divine Skill, and Heaven and Earth Great Shift.
- Training from Hell: How Mo-Kei learns the Nine Yang Divine Skill.
- Virgin Power: Cheung San Fung tells Mo-Kei that in order to be a true master, he must remain a virgin. But it's subverted at the end, when Cheung San Fung admits he just can't attract women, and being a virgin isn't really necessary.
- Wire Fu