a real disappointment. this is the team that gave us very strong "Thundering Mantis". which ends with one of the most unsettling fight scenes on record (one of the corpses gets eaten!). added to the team this time around is Yuen patriarch and drunken master Simon Yuen; and it's fairly clear that this was intended for inclusion in the series that would have developed around Simon Yuen's character from the original Chan film of Drunken Master (Sam the Seed), had it not been cut short by Yuen's death. Nonetheless, this is clearly Sam the Seed Yuen is playing here, and the so-called 'sleeping fist' is a drunken boxing style variant.
One would think that if you took the energetic cast of Thundering Mantis and added elements of Drunken Master via a supporting role for Simon Yeun, we would get a grand film with odd bits of straight comedy, as well as magnificently choreographed fight scenes. well, think again.
For one thing, the Thundering Mantis cast reunited here doesn't seem particularly interested in the material; so of course they're not performing with their usual skill and energy. Then there's the child-actor - he was also in Thundering Mantis, where he played a crucial role as victim of the bad-guys. I don't know what he's doing here, since all he does is mimic Simon Yuen and perform unnecessary double-jointed body contortions.
All this leads up to the realization that the reason they named it "sleeping fist" is because long before anybody throws a punch, we've nodded off from boredom.
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