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Drunken Master (1978)

Zui quan (original title)
An undisciplined boy must learn Drunken Fist Kung Fu in order to stop an assassin.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Wong Fei-Hung (as Jacky Chan)
Siu Tin Yuen ...
Su Hua Chi / Sam Seed (as Hsiao Tieng Yuen)
Jang Lee Hwang ...
Dean Shek ...
Professor Kai-Hsien (as Tien Shih)
Kau Lam ...
Wong Kei-Ying (as Chiao Lin)
Linda Lin ...
Tien Lung Chen ...
Bully (as Chiang Wang)
Hsia Hsu ...
King of Bamboo
Chiu Jun Lee ...
(as Shih Fu-Tsai)
Han Chen Wang ...
Restaurant Boss
Kwai Shan ...
Iron Head Rat (as Yung Liu)
Chin Chiang ...
Da Kuai-Dai
Shun-Yee Yuen ...
Chen Kuo-Wei
Ging Man Fung ...
Li Wan-Hao
Hui Tsai


The father of Wong Fei-hong, who has been attempting to teach his son kung-fu, but has found him too disobedient to teach and decides to send him off to his uncle, a cruel and torturous master of the 8-Drunken Genii kung-fu. After much suffering the son comes back to rescue the father from an assassin who has also previously humiliated Naughty Panther. Written by Jason Abbott <jasona@brimstone.com>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for martial arts violence and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

5 October 1978 (Hong Kong)  »

Also Known As:

Drunken Master  »

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


For many of the more athletic sequences, the 66-year-old Siu Tin Yuen was doubled by his sons, Cheung-Yan Yuen and director Woo-Ping Yuen. See more »


In the restaurant fight scene when Sam Seed pulls Wong Fei-Hung underneath the table, the wire moving Wong is visible. See more »


Referenced in Kung Fu Sit (2014) See more »

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User Reviews

Jackie Chan's finest hour
8 December 2004 | by (Birmingham) – See all my reviews

This for me is Jackie Chan's finest, and is the film which propelled him to super stardom in Hong Kong. Whilst other martial artists were trying to be the new Bruce Lee, Jackie did something different. Why replace the irreplaceable when you could do something completely different? What Jackie did was introduce slapstick into the Kung Fu formula, the rest as they say is history.

Jackie stars as Freddy Wong aka (Wong Fei Hung) depending upon which dub you watch. A juvenile delinquent with a penchant for feeling up immediate female members of his family. His father, fed up of his delinquency hires Sam Seed aka The Drunken Master to teach him some discipline as well as his secret fighting style. Naturally the two get off on the wrong foot but learn to respect each other as the film goes on whilst of course getting into the obligatory scrapes and japes. There is of course a villain of the piece in this case its the Tae Kwan Do master Hwang Jan Lee as the underworld assassin "Thunderfoot" who in real life was just as badass as he is in the film.

So it's all pretty derivative then? Well yes and no. There is a genuine rapport between Jackie and Yu Su Tien as pupil and teacher. The martial arts is brilliantly choreographed and inventive (the scene in the restaurant is probably my favourite) and the whole thing has a "joie de vivre". Watching it, it seems to me that the actors had a ball making the film. Which is just as well as I had a ball watching it.

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