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Director:
Writers:
See-Yuen Ng (writer)
Woo-ping Yuen (writer)
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Release Date:
5 October 1978 (Hong Kong) See more »
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Plot:
An undisciplined boy must learn Drunken Fist Kung Fu in order to stop an assassin. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Jackie Chan ... 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 ... Fei-Hung's Aunt
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
Jing Tang ... Hung's Cousin
Ha Huang ... Master Chao
Brandy Yuen ... Ying's Student
Tin Shing Hoh ... Ying's Student
Tieh-Cheng Lin ... Restaurant Boss' Son (as Tit-Shing Lam)
Chi Ming Wong ... Waiter with Silly Teeth
Bo Tam ... Waiter
Chiang Lo ... Waiter
Woo-ping Yuen ... Man with Bucket of Greens
Siu Hung Cham
Ying Li
Fu Tsan Shih
Kien Shih
Casanova Wong
Pan Pan Yeung

Directed by
Woo-ping Yuen 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Lung Hsiao  writer
See-Yuen Ng  writer
Woo-ping Yuen  writer

Produced by
See-Yuen Ng .... producer
 
Original Music by
Fu Liang Chou 
 
Cinematography by
Hui Chang 
 
Film Editing by
Hsiung Pan 
 
Production Design by
Yuen-Tai Ting 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lung Hsiao .... assistant director
Wen Lo .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Shi Cheng Yang .... props
 
Sound Department
Hung-Ta Chi .... sound recordist
Erick Jolley .... sound editor (english version)
 
Stunts
Hsia Hsu .... stunt coordinator
Brandy Yuen .... assistant stunt coordinator (as Yuen Chun-Wai)
Corey Yuen .... assistant stunt coordinator
Shun-Yee Yuen .... assistant stunt coordinator
Woo-ping Yuen .... stunt coordinator
Biao Yuen .... additional stunt double: Jackie Chan (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Lun Tang .... production assistant
Chuo-lun Ting .... production assistant
 

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Also Known As:
"Jui kuen" - Hong Kong (original title)
"Challenge" - India (English title)
"Drunken Monkey in the Tiger's Eyes" - Hong Kong (English title)
"The Drunken Master" - Philippines (English title)
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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for martial arts violence and language (re-rating)
Runtime:
111 min
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:M | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Germany:12 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:12 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:12 (video rating) (2007) | UK:15 (video rating) (1986) | USA:R (original rating) | USA:PG-13 (re-rating) | West Germany:16 (heavily cut)

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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: In the restaurant fight scene when Sam Seed pulls Wong Fei-Hung underneath the table, the wire moving Wong is visible.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Cinema of Vengeance (1994)See more »

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29 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
The film that propelled Jackie to stardom, 6 January 2005
Author: AwesomeWolf from Australia

I am not very familiar with the true story of Wong Fei Hung. I've read about him before, and from memory, he was an exceptional martial artist (he practiced Hung-Gar) and became a folk-hero to the people of China, much like his father, Wong Kei Ying. So there is the true story, and then there is the 200 or so movies made about him. 'Drunken Master' is one of these.

I haven't seen most of those 200 movies, except for the Drunken Master movies, Jet Li's 'Once Upon a Time in China' series, and 'Iron Monkey'. The 'Once Upon a Time in China' movies and 'Iron Monkey' may be somewhat over-the-top wu xia movies, but they portray Wong Fei Hung as a serious hero. 'Drunken Master' features a very different take on the character.

Jackie Chan's Wong Fei Hung is a rebellious trouble-maker. His father, Wong Kei Ying, has given up on disciplining him, and sends him to his uncle, So Hai, the master of drunken boxing, hoping that a year of training with So Hai will sort Fei Hung out. Fei doesn't seem to learn his lesson until a chance encounter with Thunderfoot (Hwang Jang Lee)...

Story-wise, it is a bit of a standard kung-fu plot. However, in a documentary on Jackie Chan (I can't remember the name, I know that as of this review, it isn't listed on IMDb, but it was shown on SBS in 2003), 'Drunken Master' was mentioned as his breakthrough hit that nearly killed his career: Apparently Chinese viewers were insulted by Jackie's portrayal of Wong Fei Hung and nearly boycotted him when he was just gaining fame as an actor.

Onto more important matters. Like kung-fu. 'Drunken Master' is one of the kung-fu classics. Boosted by the presence of martial-arts star Hwang Jang Lee, this pretty much made or solidified the careers of Jackie Chan and Yuen Woo Ping (in his directorial debut). 'Drunken Master' features some very well choreographed fights and training scenes. 'Drunken Master' is very funny too, and is one of two movies I know where a young main-character gets beaten by an older middle-aged lady (which is always funny, more movies need a scene like this) - the other movie is Battlefield Baseball.

As a matter of interest for Jackie Chan fans: 'Drunken Master' signaled the end of Jackie Chan's work with director Wei Lo. Yay. In fact, the Columbia Tristar DVD release of 'Drunken Master' includes audio commentary by experts on Hong Kong cinema. I will check that out sometime, but it sounds like it would appeal to fans of kung-fu movies. Some more trivia - the latest release doesn't have the complete Cantonese sound track, and so the English dub is used where the Cantonese track is incomplete.

'Drunken Master' features awesome kung-fu scenes, and has some interesting historical perspectives. Ah, kung-fu movies and history, some of my favourite hobbies together at last - 10/10, a must see for any fans of Jackie Chan or kung-fu movies, 'Drunken Master' is kung-fu perfection.

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