Wong Fei-Hung (Jackie Chan) is a mischievous, yet righteous young man, but after a series of incidents, his frustrated father has him disciplined by Beggar So (Siu-Tin Yuen), a Master of drunken martial arts.
A worried father hires a renowned martial artist known as Beggar So to discipline and train his rowdy son Chan. The trainer's reputation of his excruciating methods scares Chan n he flees home. He tries to run away from a restaurant without paying the bill after enjoying a hearty meal. He is beaten by the restaurant's bouncer but gets saved by an old drunken beggar who turns out to b Beggar So. Later aft escaping the restaurant, Beggar So tries to train Chan but due to his rigorous methods, Chan runs away n later gets into a fight with a deadly assassin who beats n humiliates Chan. The assassin makes Chan crawl on the ground n spares his life by degrading him. The humiliation makes Chan flee the scene and he later approaches Beggar So to train him.Written by
Music clips from the TV series/MGM movie Dark shadows is used when the Drunken God's kung-fu is used. See more »
Fei-Hung's shoes change throughout the finale. See more »
Iron Head Rat:
I warn you, shit face. I pick who i'm gonna bury next. Say your prayers fast, 'cause you're about to feel my iron head.
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Some Chinese (Cantonese and Mandarin) versions have a running time of 110 minutes, whilst others are at approximately 95. With exception to a handful of home video releases, such gaps have often been filled with another language/dub, and/or removed. See more »
This for me is Jackie Chan's finest, and is the film which propelled him to super stardom in Hong Kong. Whilst other martial artists were trying to be the new Bruce Lee, Jackie did something different. Why replace the irreplaceable when you could do something completely different? What Jackie did was introduce slapstick into the Kung Fu formula, the rest as they say is history.
Jackie stars as Freddy Wong aka (Wong Fei Hung) depending upon which dub you watch. A juvenile delinquent with a penchant for feeling up immediate female members of his family. His father, fed up of his delinquency hires Sam Seed aka The Drunken Master to teach him some discipline as well as his secret fighting style. Naturally the two get off on the wrong foot but learn to respect each other as the film goes on whilst of course getting into the obligatory scrapes and japes. There is of course a villain of the piece in this case its the Tae Kwan Do master Hwang Jan Lee as the underworld assassin "Thunderfoot" who in real life was just as badass as he is in the film.
So it's all pretty derivative then? Well yes and no. There is a genuine rapport between Jackie and Yu Su Tien as pupil and teacher. The martial arts is brilliantly choreographed and inventive (the scene in the restaurant is probably my favourite) and the whole thing has a "joie de vivre". Watching it, it seems to me that the actors had a ball making the film. Which is just as well as I had a ball watching it.
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