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Drunken Master

One man's journey into manhood learning a martial arts style from the master

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  • May 28, 2010


In 1978 a film came out that in my opinion revolutionized the industry and made one man a superstar, that film was "Jui Kuen aka Drunken Master" and that man was Jackie Chan. At the time movies were just not done like this especially in the Kung-Fu area until Chan stepped the game up, the original Kung Fu Hustle you could say. I have loved this film since the first time I was privileged to see it and truly believe it is one of the all time greats in film history, not just in its own genre. I can honestly say that I have never met any one who did not like this movie, any one who had seen it that is.

Wong Fei-Hung [Chan] is a very gifted and talented young man but his inability to take his craft seriously won't let him achieve his full potential. He acts out and does not listen to any one including his teacher at his father's school; in fact he likes to show the teacher up. He is also fond of showing up any and every one that he pleases and can but an unfortunate event involving a woman and her daughter land him in hot water with his father. After countless times of trying to make him learn a little something his father decides to bring in outside help in the form of Su Hua Chi [Siu Tien Yuen], a master of the 8 Drunken Gods fighting styles. Of course Wong is not keen on the idea and runs off in order to escape his responsibilities. That all changes after a brawl at a restaurant were the master saves him, and then begins to train him. The training is not going all that well and Wong runs off again only to run into a hit man named Thunderleg [Jang Lee Hwang] who destroys him and makes him realize how little he knows. Add in the fact that this man is out to kill his father Wong must now take his training seriously in order to not only save his father but find himself as well.

This film has got to be one of the most entertaining films I have ever seen in my life as it is full of excellent fight sequences and full of great humor. This was the first of its kind mixing the martial arts with slapstick humor and this happened because Jackie wanted to have a separate identity from Bruce Lee. What a grand idea it was because the result was this master piece that also added a new twist on an old character. Wong was one of the most popular characters in the genre's history and was a very serious character, until Chan came with this. The fight sequences are also another up side to this wonder film has with most Jackie flicks the film shines when he is on screen doing his thing. The actual fighting is amazing and the comedy gags mixed in with his facial expressions only add to the good time.

Directed by Woo-ping Yuen who was also a writer along side producer See-Yuen Ng and Hsiao Lung this is by far a classic and is well worth any price that is asked in my opinion. This DVD comes with a wonderful commentary that is full of info and is very interesting, and some trailers. This is a very fun movie and is with out a doubt a classic amongst classics, buy it now. This film has inspired countless others including the anime series "Dragon Ball", series creator said this film was one of his major influences.

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June 10, 2010
I saw this when it first came out because a friend went to the trouble of bootlegging it himself for me--took his camera out to the theater and shot it himself. Back then it was made with 2 soundtracks--one in Cantonese and one in Mandarin running simultaneously! Fortunately they didn't do that with too many films because it was awful. The movie however was great and it was my first chance to see Jackie in action. Life was never the same after that. =)
May 28, 2010
This is a classic in the martial arts genre! Have you seen Spiritual Kung Fu and Snake in Eagle's Shadow? Those are the three films that catapulted Chan to superstardom. Oh, now that you have reviewed this; I assign you to write a review for LEGEND OF DRUNKEN MASTER LOL!
May 28, 2010
Then I must review it, we are actually planning a Jackie Chan marathon so those will be in there. I will drop the reviews for them of course when we do it.
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Quick Tip by . October 12, 2010
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The original Drunken Master movie with Jackie Chan isn't quite as much fun but certainly has it's share of funny moments and action scenes.
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