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Drunken Monkey

Kung Fu movie starring Lau Kar -Leung, Chik Kun Chun, Gordon Liu Chia Liang 2006

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  • Mar 16, 2010

If you have a soft spot for 1970's style kung fu flix where first rate martial artist fought it out on solid ground with little reliance on wires, then DRUNKEN MONKEY is the movie for you! If you've wondered what ever became of stars like Shaw Brothers' greats Chi Kuan-Chun, Liu Chia-Hui (aka Gordon Liu), and master choreographer Liu Chia-Liang now that the youngest of them is well into his 50's, then DRUNKEN MONKEY is the movie for you! If you don't object to some laughs with your martial mayhem and some nostalgia with your kung fu kata, then DRUNKEN MONKEY is the definitely the movie for you!

Directed and choreographed by Liu Chia-Liang ( in pinyin that's Lau Kar-Leung) and starring him as well, DRUNKEN MONKEY is just plain old fun from start to finish, with plenty of great fights and forms thrown into the mix not only by our old favorites mentioned above, but also by the younger generation represented by Wu Jing Jason, Lau Wing-Kin, and Shannon Yao.

The plot centers on opium smuggling within Liu Chia-liang's delivery service, an operation somewhat like Wells Fargo. The smugglers are headed up by the hero's own brother who is in cahoots with the evil Chi Kuan-Chun. Liu Chia- Hui (aka Gordon Liu, in real life Liu Chia Liang's adopted Brother, an honorific title) plays a constable investigating the smuggling. The evil do-ers plot to kill the hero, and think they have succeeded, but his almost lifeless body is pulled from the river by our heroine (Shannon Yao) who becomes his prize student in monkey fist while he recovers from his injuries. Meanwhile elsewhere our two young heroes (played by Wu Jing Jason and Lau Wing-Kin) are obsessing over putting together a book of monkeyfist techniques. Eventually everybody comes together and things get really good! 

Seeing  an old master like Liu Chia-Liang  again is like a gift from heaven. Time seems to have completely passed him by; he's every bit as flexible, fluid, and graceful as he ever was--fast  too.  Chi Kuan Chun who co-starred in many Shaw Brothers films in the 70s along side the late lamented Alexander Fu Sheng is still recognizeable although it may take a second or third glance. As a fighter he's still sharp as a tack. And everybody's favorite bald headed monk Gordon Liu Chia-Hui  is no slouch either. He'll remind you how he became a household name in case you forgot. The younger generation  in this film (Wu Jing, Shannon Yao etc.) is fine, but its the old guard that really makes this film worth seeing. 

I can't recommend DRUNKEN MONKEY highly enough, and every Blockbuster has a copy!. See it now!
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July 19, 2010
Sounds entertaining. I get tired of Hollywood's wire fu. Unless I glossed over it in the review, does the "Drunken" in the title reffer to Drunken Boxing? I saw both of Jackie Chans Drunken Boxing movies and liked the first one and loved the second.
July 21, 2010
Better that just Drunken boxing, Drunken Monkey! There's some wire work but we're not talking CROUCHING TIGER stuff here. There's a lot of good old school stuff and it really warmed my heart to see it. It's a pretty easy movie to find. I think every Blockbuster had a copy at one time and I'm pretty sure you can get it on NetFlix. I think you'd like it.
April 15, 2010
Ye4s indeed one of the best ones out there, love this flick. Great review.
April 15, 2010
It's great to see the old school guys still mixing it up the way Liu Chia-Liang can! It almost makes me think I can get up the stairs without MY knees giving out when I see what he can still do!
March 22, 2010
This looks and sounds awesome. How come you didn't feature it on your profile? I assumed you hadn't reviewed anything new!
March 23, 2010
This isn't new. It was one of the first things I posted on Lunch, but I accidentally erased it when I was moving it out of the featured section so I transfered it over from ammie.
March 23, 2010
I don't think I read it there either. Great photos by the way!
March 24, 2010
I know, nobody read it anywhere. So maybe it's a good thing that I accidentally dropped it.
March 16, 2010
It has been some years since I saw this last. Gordon Liu is one iconic martial arts star. Though Wu Jing made his mark in SPL, this is a true obscure gem. Great review!
March 16, 2010
I got a kick out of seeing Chi Kuan-Chun again after all these years. Made me wonder what Fu Sheng would have looked like.
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Quick Tip by . May 01, 2010
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Old school Shaw Brothers stars mix it up with the younger generation. Liu Chia-Liang is still a joy to watch in action.
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