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Drunken Master (1978)
"Jui kuen" (original title)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Action  |  5 October 1978 (Hong Kong)
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An undisciplined boy must learn Drunken Fist Kung Fu in order to stop an assassin.

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

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

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Siu Tin Yuen played this same role again in the films Story of Drunken Master and World of the Drunken Master. See more »

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In the 2002 DVD Edition, Wong Fei-Hung is made to stand in the horse stance. His friend puts a chair under him. His father returns and sees the chair. As the father is walking up to Wong Fei-Hung the chair is missing. Then his father kicks the chair out from under him. See more »

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Jackie Chan's finest hour
3 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 (Fong Sai Yuk) 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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