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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)
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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 ...
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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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Legend of the Drunken Master  »

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$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

Miramax's North American theatrical distribution, Drunken Master II was cut the least. A scene in which Wong drunkenly sings at a café was re-cut slightly, making use of a few alternate takes not seen in the original Cantonese version. In addition, a 35 second cut was made to the concluding scene of the film which showed Wong blinded and mentally crippled as a result of drinking industrial alcohol during the film's ultimate fight. Played for laughs, the scene was considered to be in bad taste by Miramax. See more »

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When John kicks Fei-Hung for the first time in the cafe, he throws his kick from Fei-Hung's left side but in the next shot Fei-Hung gets kicked from the right side. See more »

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Kicks butt in any language.
27 August 2001 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

I'm not completely convinced that this is this best kung fu movie of all time, but it's definitely in the Top 5. Being somewhat a purist, I was disappointed to see Jackie and others wearing wires in many of the sequences. However, the sheer energy and excitement of the fighting won me over. The use of wires adds to the humor and enhances the nature of the drunken style. It seems like the goal of this movie was to entertain, and it certainly achieves that!

I first saw this movie during the US theater release. I was impressed and bought it as soon as it came out on DVD. However, I was shocked by the lack of a Cantonese audio track. The English dubbing appeared to make the movie seem goofy, not funny, and I was getting sick of it. Eventually, I was able to get the original Hong Kong version on DVD. There are significant differences which make the original better. As expected, the humor level is much milder and not so queer. Also, the US version now seems to lack the ferocity of the original. The Hong Kong version uses the `traditional' low-quality sound effects for the fight sequences. This detracts from the realism, but it's an integral part of defining any true kung fu `classic'. The US version now appears to be more like sparring than fighting because the hits appear much softer. Also, the original musical score was better than the US release. Don't get me wrong: I am not Chinese, nor a student of foreign film -- I'm not even a major Chan fanatic. But, if you have a chance, please see this movie the way it was originally intended. I believe you will appreciate it even more.

Either way, I rate this movie a perfect 10 because I have not yet found a better fighting film.


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