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The Legend of Drunken Master (1994) More at IMDbPro »Jui kuen II (original title)

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Writers:
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Release Date:
20 October 2000 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Old wine in a new bottle See more »
Plot:
A young martial artist is caught between respecting his pacifist father's wishes or stopping a group of disrespectful foreigners from stealing precious artifacts. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
3 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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With Jackie Chan behind the production and the time to perfect it, Legend of Drunken Master winds up becoming a martial arts legend itself See more (140 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Jackie Chan ... Wong Fei-hung
Lung Ti ... Wong Kei-ying, Wong's Father

Anita Mui ... 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)

Ho-Sung Pak ... Henry
Chi-Kwong Cheung ... Tso (as Tseung Chi Kwong)
Yee Sang Hon ... Uncle Hing (as Hon Yee Sang)

Andy Lau ... Counter Intelligence Officer
Wing-Fong Ho ... Fun (as Ho Wing Fong)
Chia Yung Liu ... Marlon (as Kar Yung Lau)

Siu-Ming Lau ... Mr. Chiu
Suki Kwan ... Chiu's Wife

Yvonne Yung Hung ... Lady in Coffee Shop #1 (as Evonne Yung)
Wai Yee Chan ... Lady in Coffee Shop #2 (as Chan Wai Yee)
Shing Wong ... Larry
Kwok Kuen Chan ... Curly
Po Tai ... Moe (as Tai Bo)
Gei Ying Chan ... Lily
Fong Pao ... Cook
Chun Chau Ha ... Senior in Restaurant #1
Wah Lung Szema ... Senior in Restaurant #2
Yan Pak ... Mrs. Chan
Louis Roth ... British Consul (as Louis C. Roth)
Therese Renee ... Terese
Mark Houghton ... Smith

Vincent Tuataane ... Bruno
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ying Cao ... Maid
Tuan Wai-Lun
Anthony Carpio ... Thug (uncredited)
Man-Ching Chan ... Thug (uncredited)
Tat-Kwong Chan ... Thug (uncredited)
Wah Cheung ... Thug (uncredited)
Wan Faat ... Factory Worker (uncredited)
Hsia Hsu ... Axe Gang Leader (uncredited)
Mark King ... Mr. Swire (uncredited)
Rocky Lai ... Thug (uncredited)
Kin-sang Lee ... Thug (uncredited)
Chung Chi Li ... Thug (uncredited)
Mars ... Thug / Spectator (uncredited)
William Tuen ... Erhu Player (uncredited)
Bill Tung ... General (uncredited)
Gabriel Wong ... (uncredited)
Ming-Sing Wong ... Thief (uncredited)
Mo Yuen ... Thug (uncredited)
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Directed by
Chia-Liang Liu 
Jackie Chan (uncredited)
 
Writing credits
Edward Tang (screenplay) &
Man-Ming Tong (screenplay) &
Gai Chi Yuen (screenplay) (as Kai-Chi Yun)

Produced by
Leonard Ho .... executive producer
Edward Tang .... producer
Eric Tsang .... producer
Barbie Tung .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Michael Wandmacher (international version)
Wai Lap Wu 
 
Cinematography by
Tony Cheung  (as Tong-Leung Chung)
Yiu-Tsou Cheung 
Wen Yun Huang 
Jingle Ma 
 
Film Editing by
Peter Cheung 
 
Production Design by
Chong-Sing Ho 
Eddie Ma 
 
Costume Design by
Tin-kiu Ching 
Sukie Yip 
 
Production Management
Kelly Chan Wai-yeung .... production manager
Suk-Yee Cheung .... production manager
Yuet-Jan Hui .... production manager
Kit Keung Ng .... production manager
Wai Sum Shia .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kam-Lik Fong .... assistant director
Yiu-Wing Kwan .... assistant director
Ke Ming Lin .... assistant director (as Hark Ming Lam)
Fat Wan .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Yiu-Kwong But .... set designer
Chieh-Fu Ho .... props
Jing-Ping Liu .... special props
Hsi-jen Yang .... props
 
Sound Department
Joe Barnett .... sound re-recording mixer (2000 re-mix)
Kim B. Christensen .... sound designer
Erick Jolley .... sound editor
Sean Keegan .... foley mixer
Scott Koué .... sound editor (2000 re-edit)
Val Kuklowsky .... sound mixer
Yuri Reese .... sound re-recording mixer
 
Special Effects by
Bruce Law .... special effects
 
Stunts
Anthony Carpio .... stunts
Jackie Chan .... stunt coordinator
Man-Ching Chan .... assistant stunt coordinator
Man-Ching Chan .... stunt performer
Tak-Kwong Chan .... stunt performer
Tat-Kwong Chan .... stunts
Wah Cheung .... stunts
Keung-Kuen Lai .... stunt performer
Rocky Lai .... stunts
Sing Kwong Lai .... stunt performer
Bruce Law .... stunt coordinator: fire sequences and body burns
Bruce Law .... stunts
Chung Chi Li .... stunt performer
Hsiao Sung Liang .... stunt performer
Chia Yung Liu .... stunt performer
Mars .... stunt performer (as Fo Sing)
Tak-Wing Tang .... stunt performer
Kuo-Chiang Tsai .... stunt performer
Chi Ming Wong .... stunt performer
Ming-Sing Wong .... stunt performer
San-Kwan Wong .... stunt performer
Wai-Fai Wong .... stunt performer
Mo Yuen .... stunt performer (as Mo-Chow Yuen)
Jackie Chan .... stunt actor (uncredited)
Rocky Lai .... assistant stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Ken Lo .... stunt performer (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Chung-Ying Chan .... assistant camera
Chengfu Huang .... lighting technician
Yiu-Fai Lai .... assistant camera
Ho-Man Lau .... assistant lighting
Man-Chi Lee .... lighting technician
Man-Fai Ng .... lighting technician
Albert Sum .... lighting technician
Man-Hing Wong .... assistant camera
Sun-Ping Wong .... assistant lighting
Ho-Chung Yiu .... still photographer
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Tin Mei Ching .... costume assistant
Ying LIU .... costume supervisor
Fuk-Ying Shing .... costumer
 
Editorial Department
Rod Dean .... editorial consultant
 
Other crew
Jackie Chan .... martial arts choreographer
Rod Dean .... adaptor: English
Rod Dean .... dubbing director
Wai-Hung Law .... production assistant
Siu-Hung Leung .... martial arts crew
Chia Yung Liu .... martial arts crew (as Lau Kar Wing)
Chia-Liang Liu .... martial arts choreographer (as Lau Kar-Leung)
Wei Ma .... martial arts coordinator
Mars .... assistant action director
Chi Wang .... martial arts coordinator
Tang Tak Wing .... martial arts crew
Mark Houghton .... assistant martial arts choreographer (uncredited)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Jui kuen II" - Hong Kong (original title)
"Drunken Master II" - Hong Kong (English title)
"Legend of the Drunken Master" - USA
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MPAA:
Rated R for violent content
Runtime:
102 min
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Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
SDDS (US version) | Mono (original version) | Dolby Digital (US version) | DTS (US version)
Certification:
Australia:M | Canada:14A | Canada:G (Quebec) | Finland:K-15 | Germany:16 | Norway:15 (video premiere) | Philippines:PG-13 | Singapore:PG | Singapore:PG13 (TV rating) | South Korea:15 | UK:12 | USA:R (certificate #37367)

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Trivia:
The seven-minute fight at the end of the film took nearly four months to shoot. Jackie Chan indicated that one day's filming typically produces three seconds of usable film.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: After being set on fire by Fei-hung, foreman Henry is played by director Chia-Liang Liu in disguise.See more »
Quotes:
Senior in restaurant #1:If you have job, you wear the pants!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Matrix: Path of Neo (2005) (VG)See more »

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20 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
With Jackie Chan behind the production and the time to perfect it, Legend of Drunken Master winds up becoming a martial arts legend itself, 28 February 2007
Author: diac228 (diac1987@netscape.net) from Orlando, Florida

To describe Legend of Drunken Master is almost impossible. It has so much, it does so much, and it delivers in so many ways, you cannot really describe the experience. Legend of Drunken Master stands as Jackie Chan's best film, and arguably the greatest martial arts film in history. That's right Bruce Lee fanatics, it tops most/arguably all Lee films. Surely Lee had the strength and the power; but did not have the ensemble cast that Chan had, nor did Lee have any fights that can top the ones the Drunken Master engaged in throughout the 105 minutes of this kung fu madhouse.

With a decent plot, good acting, and a dash of humor to go along with the frenzied action, Legend of Drunken Master is one of those rare complete martial arts films that do more than just throw fights at you. Honestly, there has yet to be a perfect martial arts film. Whether its bad acting, a weak plot, too much focus on action, a pointless romantic story attached, or way too over-the-top substance, there hasn't been a martial arts film worthy of being up there with the best films in the modern era. Jui Kuen II (as they call it overseas) is the closest to the complete package as you can get.

We start the film off with Jackie Chan as the tough yet uncontrollable young kid by the name of Wong Fei-hung who accidentally takes a seal from British smugglers. The smugglers, also involved in overworking Chinese men in a factory resembling slave-like sweatshop of some sort, want the seal back. In the meantime, Wong's controversial fighting technique, drunken boxing, has been met by disapproval of his father, and wants him to refrain from ever using it. Drunken boxing also has a lot of competition and shun from others in the community. Chaos follows as soon as the British and their henchmen find out who has the seal, and vow to do whatever it takes to get it back and to spread fear in the community.

The plot isn't groundbreaking, but its something different than the average martial arts film. While it still contains the themes of family, honor, respect, and dignity contained in most Chinese movies of this genre, the preservation of Chinese art is a concept not used often. Nonetheless, it works, as we see the traditional values of the Chinese being threatened by the more modern mechanisms of the Europeans. There is also a major issue with honor, as Wong's father is morally against drunken boxing, and hates it when his reputation is damaged even a little. The acting involved with the tension amongst Chan and his family is at times a bit overblown, but for the most part gets the job right.

Jackie Chan is one of the few actors/actresses in modern cinema history that can both be taken seriously and lightly. We see Chan at his playful side, especially when he is drunk. But, take away the smile, watch him pose, and you will fear him. Seeing that look in his eye right before a major fight starts can send shivers down your spine, as you know he will not back down easy, and will use whatever technique necessary to take you out. His physical appearance isn't exactly intimidating, but his agility and amazing ability to be balanced and whip out an insane combo of punches and kicks remains to be matched by anyone else out there. The best of Chan is here in terms of acting, usage of props, and kung fu. Don't let his usage of props fool you, he can engage in a brutal victory without the use of any objects. Few Jackie Chan films prove this, but Drunken Master has its share of fights without any other objects floating around.

The fights are what Chan is best known for, and the fights are where the film excels towards jaw-dropping levels. From the first fight, involving swords and extending from underneath a train to a nearby house, to the final fight that lasts over 10 minutes without exaggeration; Drunken Master will wow you, will keep you on the edge of your seat, and will make you almost jump back in amazement. Hollywood does not have enough patience to spend four months on one fight alone, which is why we don't see fights in action films like the ones seen here. The final fight, involving a well-trained kicker and Chan at his drunkest stage is easily one of the best fights in history—it's so well choreographed, so well-timed, and so brilliantly executed, that it deserves a spot on one of modern film's greatest achievements. Raising the bar for generations to come, the last fight mixes speed, agility, humor, combos, fast movements, and unbelievable stunts. In truth, all the clashes prior do the same, but this one puts all the others to shame.

Bottom Line: Missing this film would be a travesty, especially if you enjoy a good martial arts film. This time its not Chan alone that makes the film; we have a good cast of characters and fighters, a decent plot, and never really drifts into an unbelievable level unlike most action movies of today. This is Chan at his absolute best; and this is famed director Chia-Liang Liu at his best. Almost a complete package in terms of quality and substance, Legend of Drunken Master is as close as you can get to martial arts perfection; and remains the greatest martial arts film of all-time.

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