A year after training young Jackie Chan in the Drunken Fist, Sam the Seed discovers he has a son, Foggy. He tries to train Foggy but to no avail. Foggy is then trained in Drunken Fist from ... See full summary »
A year after training young Jackie Chan in the Drunken Fist, Sam the Seed discovers he has a son, Foggy. He tries to train Foggy but to no avail. Foggy is then trained in Drunken Fist from his uncle as he must face his father's rival, Rubber Legs, another Drunken Fist master who combines it with Mantis Fist to create a deadly style. Written by
Forget that overrated 90s slog with Jackie--back in the day, THIS was Drunken Master 2, cranked out right after the original in true oldschool spirit. Admittedly it can be tough to get into because it relies on about half an hour of broad, non sequitur comedy to establish the characters; in fact, I'll confess I had to turn it off at first and come back to it later after developing my bad comedy-fu a bit. (I watched the worst parts of the movie and stopped right before all the good stuff!)
Thankfully though things get more intense: by the time Hwang Jang Lee and Simon Yuen are opining folksy banalities whilst stealthily duelling Dirty Ho-style in a restaurant, pouring each other wine between strikes, you recognize the talent that pumped out Snake in the Eagle's Shadow and Drunken Master. The plot's more or less a rehash of the former (student combines an unorthodox, silly style with his master's style to beat some bad guy who's after him) with the drunken elements of the latter, without Jackie Chan of course--the replacement Yuen Shun Yee is nothing special, but let's face it, even Jackie was sort of a throwaway who just happened to get lucky. Anyway, Simon Yuen is what MAKES the film, with his iconic battered fangs, quirky mannerisms and omnipresent chemistry with whoever's playing his student. Best character actor in the business; he truly became the Beggar So character and vice- versa. The final showdown between drunken mantis style and a combination of drunken & sick (?) fist isn't as gimmicky as it sounds, and throws "holy sh*t!" moments at you by the handful. Recommended.
By the way, Hwang's character has the best name for a villain ever. OL' RUBBER LEGS!
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