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Drunken Tai Chi (1984)
"Siu Tai Gik" (original title)

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A spoiled young man - on the run from a ruthless killer - hooks up with a puppeteer and his wife who are masters of the art of tai chi; the only style that can defeat the killer.

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Cheung-Yan Yuen ...
Puppetteer
Lydia Shum ...
Shun-Yee Yuen ...
Iron-Steel
Mandy Chan ...
Ta Sha
Yat Chor Yuen ...
Yu Ping
Don Wong ...
Ta Sha's father
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chung-kuei Chang ...
Ta Sha's friend
Chang Hsun
Wong Kin-Mi ...
Muscle Man
Alan Lee ...
Thug
Kun Li ...
Chung & Ping's father
Ge Liu
Yun-Pao Lu
Pooi Tak-Wan
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A troublesome young man named Ta Sha rides a bike around town spoiling and ruining for others. But soon Ta Sha is confronted by his rival, the spoiled Chan Chuen-Chung who ends up fighting and humiliate Ta Sha in the process. This leads to Ta Sha plotting a revenge on Chung with the help of his friends by setting up an ambush and using fireworks to their aid. However, Chung - accompanied by his brother Yu Ping - manage to walk away from the ambush and use the gang's weapons against them. But as Chung is about to use fireworks on Ta Sha, Yu Ping makes Chung spare and let Ta Sha go. But Chung accidentally lights a set of fireworks resulting in Tai Sha getting heavily injured. Devastated and angered by Chung's actions, Ta Sha's vindictive father hires Iron Steel, an infamous assassin, to wipe out Chung and his entire family. Iron Steel closes in on the family and kills everyone on sight. Fortunately, Chung is present elsewhere and - after finding out that his family were killed while ... Written by DooK

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Too many wires!!
8 July 2002 | by (Greensboro, N.C.) – See all my reviews

Drunken Tai Chi, while directed by the same director from Drunken Master (awesome Jackie Chan movie), is in an entirely different category of kung fu movies than that of Drunken Master. The movie bears a strong resemblence to that of another titled "Drunken" movie called Drunken Wu Tang. In that movie, the use of wires was at it's greatest, very similar to the amount of wires used in Drunken Tai Chi. Another similarity is the fact that the "uncle" in Drunken Tai Chi, was a character named "Rat Face" in Drunken Wu Tang. And, if you look into his face, I think you can see the resemblence of why he's called "Rat Face."

Ever since I watched a Bruce Lee interview where he denounced the recent (of his time) kung fu craze of unreal fighting (the use of wires, mainly), I have been against the use of wires in kung fu movies myself. I used to think that they were ok, and sometimes pretty cool, but now I see they take away from the elegance of true kung fu. In this movie, wire use was rampant. A couple of scenes worked, while many others didn't. I really thought the scene where the fat woman crossed he bridge and juggled the two packages on wires was unnecessary and not effective. Many other times when someone was hit, and was pulled back by a wire was also very poorly done. I don't know whose idea it was in the first place to incorporate wire use into kung fu, but whoever it was, they took a delicate part of kung fu out of kung fu, and that is realism.

I actually liked the use of tai chi in this movie, however I have one comment... I didn't know that tai chi was an aggressive style. I always thought of tai chi simply as movements, not attacks. But, by the way the movie ran, the rat face looking guy covered his tracks pretty well, claiming that the "soft" of tai chi countered the "hard" of other attacks. This is where the yin and yang of China first came into play in my life... rather, where it was first effectively explained and used.

The plot was awfully unoriginal, although I did like the making of the bad guy a good dad. I actually felt torn if I was in the bad guy's place after Cheng safely brought back his son, since the bad guy was paid to kill Cheng, yet Cheng had just saved his son.

Weaknesses: A man fighting in a woman's dress and wig weakly portrays the fat woman in all her fighting scenes. Wires. Mimes. Puppets. Bad makeup bumps.

**Final Judgement** Lay off the wires!!

-Scott-


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