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Legend of the Drunken Tiger (1990)

Zui gui Zhang San (original title)
The story of some Chinese reformers who escape from the Qing army and later battle the foreign expeditionary force during the Boxer Rebellion.



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Credited cast:
Kara Hui ...
Chunzhong Zhang
Alexander Rei Lo
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yu-Jing Chen
Kwok Keung Cheung ...
Wang Wu
Pak-Kwong Ho
Feng Ku ...
Yung Lu
Hsin Li
Lung Yin Li ...
So Man ...
Tsai, Chin-Hua
Hsieh Wang ...
Liang Chen-Pu
Lingwei Xu ...
Zhang San
Yung Yeh
Xiutong Zhu


The story of some Chinese reformers who escape from the Qing army and later battle the foreign expeditionary force during the Boxer Rebellion.

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1990 (China)  »

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Zui xia xing  »

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1.85 : 1
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Jet Li series are far better
22 May 2000 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

I made the first touch about the legend of drunken tiger when I watched one of Jet Li's Once Upon a Time in China series. I realised that it was a regrettable curiosity after I watched this movie. Actually it isn't too bad but I don't feel it's any better than other popular Kung-Fu films.

The drunken tiger's Kung-Fu is rather sleepy and boring. There are little spectacular scenes that I often had with Jet Li films. The drunken tiger's Kung-Fu is improved when he begins drinking like a maniac but even after being fully drunken, his Kung-Fu isn't really cool enough to grab our attentions for a long time. It seems that the heavy drinking makes him a killing machine but he is still kicked, punched, and seriously stumbled.

Perhaps his girlfriend presents much better and far more skillful Kung-Fu than that of his. The girlfriend's Kung-Fu seems to outperform the drunken tiger in terms of agility, gusto, and accuracy.

The costumes and wigs of western troops are just ridiculous. Some Chinese extras wear blonde wigs and behave like a group of fools. I don't think it's quite convincing to be western allied troops and I don't believe all different allied forces wear same uniforms in same colour and different nationality, nor do they have any ideas to perform a kind of Kung-Fu with the drunken tiger. It lacks reality too much. Try "55 Days At Peking" if you are interested with checking the real history of the Boxers Rebellion in China.

I think the first half of the film is moderately exciting and convincing but the last half of it becomes just an inconvincing and tasteless show. Specially the end is just disappointing. It should have been better. I thought it would continue but it was surprisingly THE END. Who won? and to where do the drunken tiger swim with his girlfriend? No implication and no guesswork.

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