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The Legend of Drunken Master (1994)

Jui kuen II (original title)
A young martial artist is caught between respecting his pacifist father's wishes or stopping a group of disrespectful foreigners from stealing precious artifacts.

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Ling - Wong's Step-Mother
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Tsang
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Master Fu Wen-Chi (as Lau Kar-Leung)
Ken Lo ...
John (as Low Houi Kang)
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Fo Sang (as Chin Ka Lok)
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Henry
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Tso (as Tseung Chi Kwong)
Yi-Sheng Han ...
Uncle Hing (as Hon Yee Sang)
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Counter Intelligence Officer
Wing-Fong Ho ...
Fun (as Ho Wing Fong)
Kar-Yung Lau ...
Marlon (as Kar Yung Lau)
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Mr. Chiu
Suki Kwan ...
Chiu's Wife
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Returning home with his father after a shopping expedition, Wong Fei-Hong is unwittingly caught up in the battle between foreigners who wish to export ancient Chinese artifacts and loyalists who don't want the pieces to leave the country. Fei-Hong has learned a style of fighting called "Drunken Boxing", which makes him a dangerous person to cross. Unfortunately, his father is opposed to his engaging in any kind of fighting, let alone drunken boxing. Consequently, Fei-Hong not only has to fight against the foreigners, but he must overcome his father's antagonism as well. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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20 October 2000 (USA)  »

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Legend of the Drunken Master  »

Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$3,845,278 (USA) (20 October 2000)

Gross:

$11,546,543 (USA) (8 December 2000)
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Trivia

The English dub makes references to animal kung fu styles such as Drunken Monkey as well as made-up names for random moves during the first two instances that Wong Fei-hung uses drunken boxing. The original dialogue actually references the Eight Drunken Immortals technique which was also featured in the original Drunken Master (1978) based on the real life Daoist style of Drunken Fist. The change was most likely done to compensate for the general western audience's unfamiliarity with Chinese mythology and the first film. See more »

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During the fight with the mob, one of the axe-wielding thugs can be seen brandishing a crowbar. See more »

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Wong Kei-ying: Water floats, but also capsizes boats.
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The Root of the Vine
10 July 2005 | by (Virginia Beach) – See all my reviews

I may be wrong about this, but I think Chan is responsible for the avalanche of ironic performance fights we have now.

Here's the deal: movies need to be cinematic and fights are cinematic so we have them.

Movies fall into two rough buckets: various concepts of sincerity and those that have (incorrectly as it turns out) been conflated under the concept of irony. Anything that exists in the first eventually has a sibling in the second; that's the way the world works.

So if you have fights, even elaborate kung fu productions that are sincere, sooner or later someone will figure out how to annotate them. Chan was the guy that found a way to turn fights into a show and at the same time produce a simultaneous commentary that says: "watch this, its funny."

To do the annotation, a requirement is that first level be excellent. Chan IS an excellent fight performer, and key to this awareness is the much publicized fact that no cheating is done on the effects. But he also a great humorist as well.

This particular film isn't the turning point for all fight irony that follows. That was much earlier, but this is probably the best and most explicit.

Ted's Evaluation -- 3 of 3: Worth watching.


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