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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.
Part sitcom, part period tale and all action. This movie is
superior to CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON in cinematography and
No wires here (hidden or otherwise). Though Jackie Chan will never win
any acting honors (his repetoire consists of roughly three expressions), the lady who plays his stepmother is a real find (think Lucille Ball). This would be a "10" with better dubbing and if Chan had been believable as a young man. This is a movie I'll proudly add to my collection, and watch at least once a year just for the stunts, the beautiful cinematography and the terrific martial arts.
Raymond Chow-Golden Harvest production with plenty of action , humor ,
lots of stretching and fast kicking . It deals with a young martial
artist named Wong Fei-Hung (Jackie Chan's role is supposed to be half
the age the actor was at the time of filming) going back home with his
pacifist father (Lung Ti is only eight years older than Jackie Chan who
plays his son) after a expedition and he meets at a train a veteran
expert fighter . After that , he is caught between respecting his dad's
orders or detaining a bunch of ambitious foreigners from smuggling
precious objects . Meanwhile , Wong aware a style of fighting called
"Drunken Boxing" , a strange and engaging kind of struggle .
Unfortunately , his daddy is opposed to it , let alone drunken boxing .
Ultimately , Fei-Hong not only has to face off against the
disrespectful foreigners , but he has to overcome his dad's opposition
as well . Entertainment , comedy and amusement abound in this exciting
story , culminating consequently with overlong and spectacular fights
in the enemy headquarter of the nasty band led by a foreigner
ambassador along with his evil thugs .
Hong Kong action comedy full of over-the-top struggles , excitement , thrills , ingenious stunts , slapstick , lots of fights but with abundant humor and tongue-in-cheek . This bemusing movie is packed with adventure , intrigue , unstopped action , and overwhelming stunt-work , in fact , 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 . Jackie Chan is top notch as one army man fighting a group of heinous villains and as always he makes his own stunts like is well showed . Awesome , incredible stunts and brief comic touches , as usual ; the picture is better constructed than Chan's predecessors films . The lighting-paced storyline slows down at times , but frantic action sequences make up for it . Spotlights movie include spectacular brawls , including bounds and leaps , impressive and interminable fights , a breathtaking final struggle between Jackie Chan and enemies . 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 . In addition other fine action sequences in overwhelming style . This is an acceptable action movie distinguished by nicely cinematography of the spectacular sequences , and contains agreeable sense of humor such as previous entries . Jackie Chan usually forms couple to notorious actresses as Maggie Chung and Michelle Yeoh . In this outing Jackie teams up again to prestigious Chinese actress Anita Mui , who plays his stepmother , a fine action star in their own right but sadly she early died by cancer . Both of them starred together several films such as ¨ Mr Canton and Lady Rose¨ and ¨Rumble Bronx¨ .
The ¨Wong Fei Hung¨ role is a Chinese historic character who has been played by several actors , as Tak Hing in numerous films , the same Jackie Chan in ¨Drunken monkey in the tiger's eyes (1978)¨ and Jet Li in ¨One upon a time a hero in China¨ series , ¨Dr Wong in America¨ and recently Sammo Hung in the recent version of ¨Around the world in 80 days¨ also starred by Chan . ¨Jui Kuen II¨ is a good action movie distinguished by fight sequences , noisy action and packs silly sense of humor as well as Jackie's subsequent entries . The picture achieved big success in China and all around the world . However , Jackie Chan's failed at Box-office in his American debut ,¨Battle creek brawl¨ . Chan is a hard-working actor and director throughout his long and varied career . Chan usually pays overt homage to two of his greatest influences as Charles Chaplin and Harold Lloyd . He went on playing ¨Cannoball¨ , ¨The protector¨ and "Rumble in the Bronx", until getting all American success with ¨Shangai Knights¨ , ¨The tuxedo¨ , ¨Around the world in 80 days¨ and ¨Rush hour¨ trilogy , and the recent ¨Karate kid¨. Of course , his biggest hits were ¨The Police story¨ series that won the Golden Horse Award, a Chinese version of the Oscar , the first was titled ¨Police story (1985)¨ directed by the same Chan , it was a perfect action film for enthusiastic of the genre ; the following was ¨Police story 2 (1988)¨ also pretty violent and with abundant humor touches . It's followed by ¨Supercop¨ or ¨Police story 3¨ and finally , ¨Police story IV : Crime story¨ . The picture is well produced by the great Asian producer Raymond Chow and Golden Harvest production and compellingly directed by Chia Liu and completed by Jackie Chan . Rating : Acceptable and passable , the picture has its sensational moments here and there , but also with abundant humor touches mostly provided by its agile star , the super Jackie stunningly accompanied by Anita Mui and Lung Ti . It's a perfect action film for enthusiasts of the genre and especially for Jackie fans .
Unmissable for any martial arts fan, this film contains what many
regard as the best fight scene of all time, and I am inclined to agree,
making this film unmissable for MA fans.
The other fight scenes in the movie are almost just as good, the film features Jackie getting drunk and fighting his enemies using Drunken Fist which makes for hugely entertaining bouts.
Unlike most of Jackie Chans movies, this doesn't have any stunts or any strictly comedy related antics, and instead is held up by the sheer quality of the fight scenes.
Obviously the plot is completely irrelevant, and in this film it doesn't matter as the fights come thick and fast, and leave no chance you leaving you underwhelmed.
One has to begin by admitting the marvelous classicism of this film.
There is no effort to seem "up-to-date" in the making of this film, it
looks like it was made in Hollywood during the '50s or '60s. Very well
staged and photographed.
The troubled relationship between Chan and Liu Chia Liang came to an end at the safest place in the film - the moment when the general played by Liu dies. At any rate the tone of the film changes radically there, and some of the plot of the first half of the film gets lost there, the remainder of the film being a traditional Wong Fei Hung adventure. I.e., the story is traditional to the genre, but the film actually develops a more rapid contemporary pace. This is disappointing, since before Liu's leaving the film, it was really about the volatile relationship between Fei Hung and his father, Wong Kay Yi. (Wong's father, BTW, is played by Ti Lung in what may be the best role, and the best straight acting performance, of his career.) The stunts are rather subdued for Chan, and so is the comedy, although Anita Mui as Wong Fe Hung's step-mother is marvelous. But the Kung-fu is very neatly choreographed and packaged, so that we only get enough action to be pleased but wanting more. Such a balance is very difficult to achieve.
Over all, an extremely entertaining martial arts film - even for those who don't like martial arts.
oh! the legend of drunken master,what a super cool movie. its martial arts are the best. I'd name it drunken returns. this movie is my favorite forever. all humans have to watch this. because this movie is to furious & awesome. Jackie Chan is my favorite actor. and also this movie is my favorite to. plus the drunken fist/drunken boxing is most powerful technique allover the world. when I saw this first time,I was so nervous. this movie is 102 minutes lengthy but in this you can see that the fighting time is 30-40 minutes! that's why this is my favorite! I want to say that all guys have to watch this. this is the best martial arts movie ever. that's why this movie is rated 7.6/10.
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Next to Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan stands out as one of my favourite action
movie stars in cinematic history. "The Legend of Drunken Master" truly
showcases just how flexible and high-flying Chan is in one of his best
martial arts action films out there (even better than the "Rush Hour"
series). You have to see this with your own eyes if you want to catch
my drift. This movie has one enjoyable scene after another. The
simplistic display of storytelling will keep you intrigued along with
the heart-pumping action, wonderful comical moments and a very
tantalizing plot. The characters are very rich and vibrant like the
comical performance from Anita Mui as Wong's (Chan) step-mom Ling to
the insanely antagonistic bad guy Ken Lo as Jon/John. The casting
decisions were well put together that adds dimension to the story and
The story is about an iconic folk hero named Wong Fei Hung, a well- meaning, but naive student in the art of Drunken Boxing also known as Zui Quan. Even though he tries not to get involved when trouble is on the horizon, he becomes a witness to British thieves who are robbing rare priceless Chinese artifacts out of the country. Wong feels it his destiny to use his unorthodox fighting skills to prevent this happening.
I know the concept of Drunken Boxing sounds utterly ridiculous, but it's anything but. When it comes to surreal fighting fight scenes, Jackie Chan is a master in this parameter. He makes these fight look real and very easy. And with all his movies, street-fighting appears all the time. But here, Chan's fighting is more aerial and flamboyant than compared to his other films and it's equally believable as the stuff he's done before in the past and present. The final showdown at the factory has lots of wonderful action, it's enough to make any action junkie's mouth water.
Jackie Chan is not alone in this movie. The supporting cast turn in some very enthralling performances as well. Wong's parents Ling (Anita Mui) and Wong Kei Ying (Ti Lung) are exciting to watch because they are very contrary to one another. Ti Lung is loving and caring father who wants best for Wong, but still believes he must inflict tough love on him. Meanwhile Ling is the more spontaneous step-mother who has good sense of humour, while still protects her son from getting into trouble with his father. The polar opposites between each other balance the movie quite substantially.
The fight scenes are some of the most intense I have scene in martial arts action films in cinematic history. One of the most memorable fighting scenes in this movie is when Wong and an associate take down every member of a large gang of hoodlums known as "The Ax Gang". I could elaborate further with this scene, but it's the exciting climax at the factory that really cranks up the heat as Wong takes down an army of bad guys before taking down the main kingpin.
Jon/John is played by Ken Lo. This guy is equally talented of a fighter as Chan and was great formidable opponent for Wong. His kicking ability is enough to put his own arms out of commission. Most of the fight Lo is kicking Chan's can all over the place. At one point his kicks lands Chan into some flaming coals and like every time Chan succeeds in keeping it real.That scene along will likely make your jaw drop. Then like when Popeye eat spinach, Jackie consumes some industrial beverage and regains his composure and manages to finish off his evil adversary which makes you wonder if fighting dunk has a better advantage than when you are sober.
The final scenes are just truly amazing and exciting. I guess the drunken fighting is to take your opponent off his mark but are at par with the drinker. Chan pulls this stunt off without a hitch. The fight scenes were beautifully crisp and well choreographed so much that you only wished those scenes lasted for days. If you like martial arts action movies and you have never seen this one, what the hell are you waiting for? This is a high-ranking action film up there with other action movies of this calibre like "Enter the Dragon" and "Iron Monkey". Lots of well orchestrated stunts and fight sequences, this movie will keep you entertained the whole way through.
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You don't attend a Jackie Chan movie for the plot anymore than you
watch 'Duck Soup' to see if Freedonia wins the war. You watch to see a
comic master at work. Like The Marx Brothers and Buster Keaton and
Harold Lloyd the plot of Chan's movies is more or less obligatory, it
is a clothesline on which to hang some amazing comic stuntwork and Chan
has never been better then in 'The Legend of Drunken Master'.
Made in 1994 but released in the states in late 2000, 'The Legend of Drunken Master' is Chan's best work of the 75 films that he has made. The reason, I think, is that care has been taken to make a movie that is as absolutely entertaining as any Jackie Chan movie can be. Watch the climactic fight in this movie and you will see martial arts as good as they get without help from the technical department.
I have observed many times what makes Chan's action scenes work. I think it starts with the level of violence, there is a lot of kicking and slapping but no blood, no pain (except in the outtakes) and no dead bodies. Chan's characters never fight out of toughness but rather out of reaction. Fear always seems to drive Jackie to defend himself and like Fred Estaire he always uses whatever props are at his disposal from a hat rack to a chair, a refrigerator, a ladder, a wheelbarrow, a steering wheel etc. etc.
The story of 'The Legend of Drunken Master' is really beside the point involving some business about a Chinese artifact and his art of Drunken Boxing which hinges on the theory that you can fight better when you are drunk. This gets him in hot water with his father but who really cares.
The surprise in this movie is Anita Mui as Jackie's stepmother who provides a very funny comic performance with skill great and timing her best moment comes when she is clipped in the jaw and speaks for a few minutes in a broken-jaw mush-mouth with her mouth cocked to the side. The women in these movies are usually dimwitted bimbos dragged along screeching but Mui is smart has real talent.
I mentioned the climactic scene. It is the pure joy of watching a master at work and this one taking place inside a steel mill with Jackie and his adversaries fighting will all manner of fire implements and hot coals is Chan's best work. And just in case we have any doubts, every one of Jackie's movies closes with a series of outtakes showing Jackie getting hit, burned, punched etc. He may not be making movies that will change the face of cinema but here is a guy, literally, hanging his neck out for his art.
NOTE: I like watching these movies with the English dubbing because it always seems to add to its tone which always seems to set the movie just an inch off the ground.
This is the first movie where I saw Jackie Chan using one of his most
entertaining to watch fighting style...The drunken boxing. Now this
sequel isn't as funny compared to his previous Drunken Master film. But
it's more entertaining, has better direction and fights, and a more
better put together story and characters. Jackie Chan performed every
stunt in this film and his sacrifice is totally worth it. As a matter
of fact this is one of Jackie Chan's most popular trademark movie of
his. I remember watching this film for the first time when I was a
youngster and being so thoroughly entertained by it. I started to
imitate drunken boxing and found it to be the epitome of a fun kung-fu
movie. Now I don't care if others claim this movie is overrated. This
film alone should give Jackie Chan the right to leave a mark in kung-fu
films history in my opinion. I also liked Jackie Chan's mother in this
film, she was like the Chinese Lucy from "I Love Lucy". Anyways this is
a Jackie Chan's masterpiece. Anyone that like Jackie Chan films or
Kung-fu movies should check this one out. Heck if you like entertaining
and enjoyable films in general check this one out.
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Anyone who has ever doubted the legacy of Jackie Chan has never seen The Legend of Drunken Master, and they should go watch the movie immediately. You won't be disappointed. The Legend of Drunken Master is by far Jackie Chan's best movie. It's a truly masterful spectacle of kung-fu artistry, skill and power. The Legend is an awesome upgrade to the original Drunken Master. It has unbelievable kung-fu that will leave you in awe. The Legend of Drunken Master is one of the very best martial arts movies. While it isn't the best kung-fu movie, it has the best kung-fu action. I can think of a certain Bruce Lee movie that's damn good and better, but Enter the Dragon doesn't have as great of kung-fu action as The Legend. There's plenty of worthy kung-fu fight scenes in The Legend of Drunken Master - the beginning bout between Wong Fei-hung and Master Fu Wan-Chi outside the train and underneath it is extremely good, towards the middle the big brawl at the eatery when Wong and Master Fu fight against those 50 or more members of the Axe Gang is so good, and of course the end fight of Wong Fei-hung versus Low Houi Kang in the fire refinery is inconceivable cinema, entirely epic and the best part of the movie. The battle of the end of The Legend of Drunken Master is one of the very best action scenes I've ever seen, not only martial arts fight scenes. Jackie Chan is awesome as the Drunken Master. Wong Fei-hung unleashes a ferocious beating using his legendary drunken boxing style kung-fu, all while he's severely getting the living hell kicked out of him. This movie's great all for its awesome action, and the rest of the story isn't bad by any stretch, just not very great. The script is comical at almost every opportunity in which a serious moment isn't needed, which I think works good for the weaker plot it has. The Legend of Drunken Master shows a large amount of kung-fu movie formula in a higher quality standard. Jackie Chan's martial arts is amazing as his stunts are too. The Legend of Drunken Master may be critically an 8, but it has the feel and it hits you like a 10! The Legend of Drunken Master is so awesome and epic! Watch it to see!
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