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The Legend of Drunken Master (1994)
"Jui kuen II" (original title)

R  |   |  Action, Comedy  |  20 October 2000 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Lung Ti ...
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Ling - Wong's Step-Mother
Felix Wong ...
Tsang
Chia-Liang Liu ...
Master Fu Wen-Chi (as Lau Kar-Leung)
Ken Lo ...
John (as Low Houi Kang)
Kar Lok Chin ...
Fo Sang (as Chin Ka Lok)
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Henry
Chi-Kwong Cheung ...
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)
Chia Yung Liu ...
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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$2,000,000 (estimated)

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

Gross:

$11,546,543 (USA) (8 December 2000)
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Jackie Chan actually crawled over the burning hot coals two times. He felt he "didn't have the right rhythm" the first time he did it. See more »

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A martial arts' classic
2 July 1999 | by (Wellington, New Zealand) – See all my reviews

This film is all the more fantastic because it is, however loosely, based on fact. Chan is in one of his finest roles as Chinese hero Wong Fei Hung, fighting foreigners who wish to take artefacts out of China during the Ching dynasty.

An appreciation of turn-of-the-century China does help, but even without it, the film remains incredibly entertaining. The kung-fu choreography is interwoven with a well-written story which should instil pride in any Chinese moviegoer.

Even Chan's acting is excellent, as the young Wong Fei Hung who develops his "drunken boxing" style - a type of kung-fu which is aided by the consumption of alcohol. However, his father forbids his son's drinking, fearing that he will not know when to stop. His stepmother is encouraging, hoping to put her stepson on the map in the local community. The rapport between the characters is superb and realistically acted by the players. The martial arts' choreography here is among the best in any film.

Of Chan's movies set in an earlier time period, Jui Kuen II must rank as his best. An excellent example of the genre.


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