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Kung Fu of 8 Drunkards (1980)

Zui ba xian quan (original title)
PG | | Action, Comedy
Chang Fung is a young man studying kung fu under the perpetually inebriated Wu Tseng, who seems to have made a few enemies along the way. When a gang of four warriors show up intent on ... See full summary »


Wu Ma


Mei Lung Hsiang (screenplay), Hsin Wei (screenplay)

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Credited cast:
Fei Meng
Sing Chen
Wu Ma
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sung Young Chen
Fu Hung Cheng
Han Chiang
Mei Lung Hsiang Mei Lung Hsiang
You-Min Ko
Ching Ku Ching Ku
Ming Lei
Yi Lung Lu
Fei Lung
Chang Ma
Ju-Feng Ma
Pei-Ling Shao Pei-Ling Shao


Chang Fung is a young man studying kung fu under the perpetually inebriated Wu Tseng, who seems to have made a few enemies along the way. When a gang of four warriors show up intent on killing Wu, it is time for Chang to show what he has learned of his trainer's "drunken kung fu". Will he be able to protect his teacher from the killers? Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Action | Comedy


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Taiwan | Hong Kong



Also Known As:

Drunken Art's Tricks See more »

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2.35 : 1
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Referenced in Frank Zappa: New York and Elsewhere (1980) See more »

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Pretty cheesy kung fu movie
31 May 2002 | by nhlgumbySee all my reviews

This movie had a lot of corny jokes in it, more than were really necessary. The fighting was kind of sparse and only decent. The main character only used one style of fighting, and that was the one taught to him by his constantly drunk master, the last person to know a certain form of drunken kung fu. There's a neat little intro to the movie that mentions the Shaolin monks who organized the different styles of kung fu into 96 or so different techniques. It said that kung fu was first used to imitate different animals around a cave fire, and that a kung fu expert used all of his power in his fingers. This was very helpful for explaining why so many fighting techniques are centered around one knuckle or the fingertips.

This movie's plot was kind of weak. It was another of the "we are looking for this guy we thought we killed a number of years ago, but his style is showing up in a few places, so we will kill anyone involved." It has a protagonist who doesn't know any kung fu until his drunk master takes him in as his student, and in one month learns much more than most people would, even though he leaves his master from being tired of his strenuous exercises. He then manages to hold his own against formidable opponents, even using a bit of Jackie Chan urban weapon fighting, using barstools, benches and gambling rods to hold off attackers. The antagonist of the movie, though thought to be the guy with the dark sombrero hat, is really the girl's father, supposed head of the local evil group (every king fu movie has got one).

Moderate dubbing, moderate plot, moderate fighting, moderate characters... only an moderate movie. An annoying master, and annoying and cheesy friend of the protagonist made the movie all the more moderate. I suggest you watch it if you can find it just for the experience in cheesy king fu movies. Good day gentlemen.


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