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Drunken Master (1978) More at IMDbPro »Zui quan (original title)

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Drunken Master -- Kung-Fu Classic starring the undisputed Godfather of Martial Arts Action-Comedy Jackie Chan in a no-holds-barred fight fest like none other!

Hong Kong action pioneer Yuen Woo-ping (The Matrix; Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) and martial arts superstar Jackie Chan burst onto the scene in 1978 with a one-two punch of kung fu masterpieces, and it was the second of these, Drunken Master, with its Keatonesque slapstick and flawlessly choreographed fight scenes that would leave the biggest impact.
 
Jackie Chan plays Wong Fei-hung (a legendary Chinese folk hero who has also been portrayed on screen by Jet Li, Gordon Liu and Donnie Yen amongst many others), who is punished for his frequent troublemaking by being forced to study under the martial arts master Su Hua Chi (Yuen Siu-tien), notorious for his drinking as much as he is for leaving his students crippled. Wong proves himself an adept pupil, but his new skills are soon put to the test when his own father is targeted by a brutal assassin (Hwang Jang Lee, Snake in the Eagle's Shadow).
 
Frequently ranked as one of the greatest martial arts films of all time, Drunken Master revolutionised modern action cinema, and the Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present the film on Blu-ray for the first time in the UK in a new Dual-Format edition.

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Writers:
See-Yuen Ng (writer)
Lung Hsiao (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 (as Hsiao Tieng Yuen)
Jang Lee Hwang ... Thunderleg
Dean Shek ... Professor Kai-Hsien (as Tien Shih)
Kau Lam ... Wong Kei-Ying (as Chiao Lin)
Linda Lin ... Fei-Hung's Aunt
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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Shao-Hung Chan
Tin Shing Hoh ... Ying's Student
Ha Huang ... Master Chao
Chun Hua Li ... Gorilla
Ying Li
Tieh-Cheng Lin ... Restaurant Boss' Son (as Tit-Shing Lam)
Chiang Lo ... Waiter
Bo Tam ... Waiter
Jing Tang ... Hung's Cousin
Chi Ming Wong ... Waiter with Silly Teeth
Brandy Yuen ... Ying's Student
Woo-Ping Yuen ... Man with Bucket of Greens

Directed by
Woo-Ping Yuen 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Lung Hsiao  writer (as Hua-An Hsi)
See-Yuen Ng  writer

Produced by
See-Yuen Ng .... producer
 
Original Music by
Fu Liang Chou 
 
Cinematography by
Hai Chang 
 
Film Editing by
Hsiung Pan 
 
Production Design by
Yuen-Tai Ting 
 
Art Direction by
Yuen-Tai Ting 
 
Makeup Department
Shao-Ping Kao .... makeup artist
Shui-Lin Lo .... makeup artist (as Jui-Lien Lu)
Kuo-Lan Pao .... makeup artist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tin Shing Hoh .... 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)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Tieh-Hung Huang .... still photographer
Wei Lin .... lighting technician
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Kuan-Kai Kong .... costumer
 
Other crew
Hsi Tan .... continuity
Lun Tang .... production assistant
Yu Tang .... continuity
Chuo-Lun Ting .... script supervisor
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Zui quan" - 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 (re-rating) (uncut) | New Zealand:M | Singapore:PG | South Korea:12 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:12 (re-rating) (2007) | UK:15 (video rating) (1986) | USA:R (original rating) | USA:PG-13 (re-rating) | West Germany:16 (nf) (heavily cut)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Director Cameo: [Woo-Ping Yuen]Man with Bucket of Greens.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:
Referenced in Dawg Fight (2015)See more »

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16 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Jackie Chan's finest hour, 8 December 2004
Author: Mash khan from Birmingham

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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