Kung Fu Cult Master

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Kung Fu Cult Master
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Theatrical poster
Traditional 倚天屠龍記

魔教教主
Simplified 倚天屠龙记

魔教教主
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
Starring Jet Li
Sharla Cheung
Chingmy Yau
Gigi Lai
Sammo Hung
Music by Joseph Koo
Cinematography Bill Wong
Edited by Poon Hung
Production
company
Distributed by Newport Entertainment Ltd
Orange Sky Golden Harvest (Current)
Release dates
  • 18 December 1993 (1993-12-18)
Running time 95 minutes
Country Hong Kong
Language Cantonese
Mandarin
Box office HK$10,437,757

Kung Fu Cult Master is a 1993 Hong Kong wuxia 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. As the film performed poorly at the box office, plans for its sequels were cancelled and hence its cliffhanger ending was left unresolved.

Plot[edit]

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 martial artists 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 and learns the powerful "Nine Yang Skill" in the process. Zhang discovers later that the Shaolin Sect is plotting with five other martial arts sects to attack Bright Peak, the 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 in disguise as a Shaolin monk all this while. At the same time, he 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. When Zhang demands that she gives him the antidote, she makes him promise to help her do three things in exchange for the antidote. At the same time, Yin Tianzheng and the cult's members, who mistakenly think that Shaolin was behind the poisoning, go to Shaolin Monastery to take revenge but, to their surprise, they see corpses everywhere.

In fact, Song Qingshu had betrayed the Wudang Sect and defected to the Mongol-led Yuan 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 promises to not 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.

Cast[edit]

Alternate titles[edit]

Alternate titles for the film include:

  • Kung Fu Master (DVD release Oct 9, 1999)
  • Evil Cult USA (DVD release Dec 10, 2000)
  • Lord of the Wu Tang (DVD release Feb 6, 1996)

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