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Drunken Tai Chi (1984)

Siu Tai Gik (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Comedy | 31 May 1984 (Hong Kong)
A spoiled young man - on the run from a ruthless killer - hooks up with a puppeteer and his wife who are masters of the art of tai chi; the only style that can defeat the killer.

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Woo-Ping Yuen
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Cast

Credited cast:
Donnie Yen ... Chan Chuen Chung
Cheung-Yan Yuen ... Puppetteer
Lydia Shum ... Fatty
Shun-Yee Yuen Shun-Yee Yuen ... Iron-Steel
Mandy Chan ... Ta Sha
Yat Chor Yuen ... Yu Ping
Don Wong ... Ta Sha's father
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chung-Kuei Chang Chung-Kuei Chang ... Ta Sha's friend
Chang Hsun Chang Hsun
Wong Kin-Mi Wong Kin-Mi ... Muscle Man
Alan Lee Alan Lee ... Thug
Kun Li ... Chung & Ping's father
Ge Liu Ge Liu
Yun-Pao Lu Yun-Pao Lu
Pooi Tak-Wan Pooi Tak-Wan
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Storyline

A troublesome young man named Ta Sha rides a bike around town spoiling and ruining for others. But soon Ta Sha is confronted by his rival, the spoiled Chan Chuen-Chung who ends up fighting and humiliate Ta Sha in the process. This leads to Ta Sha plotting a revenge on Chung with the help of his friends by setting up an ambush and using fireworks to their aid. However, Chung - accompanied by his brother Yu Ping - manage to walk away from the ambush and use the gang's weapons against them. But as Chung is about to use fireworks on Ta Sha, Yu Ping makes Chung spare and let Ta Sha go. But Chung accidentally lights a set of fireworks resulting in Tai Sha getting heavily injured. Devastated and angered by Chung's actions, Ta Sha's vindictive father hires Iron Steel, an infamous assassin, to wipe out Chung and his entire family. Iron Steel closes in on the family and kills everyone on sight. Fortunately, Chung is present elsewhere and - after finding out that his family were killed while ... Written by DOK

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Genres:

Action | Comedy

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Cantonese

Release Date:

31 May 1984 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Drunken Tai Chi See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Donnie Yen's movie debut. See more »

Alternate Versions

The Taiwanese print features an alternate opening involving chickens instead of bikes, and three additional scenes --- including an introductory scene with Chan and Yu Ping's father and Ta Sha's father, a scene where Chan tricks a father and his son in order to get food, and an extended fight scene featuring the Puppeteer --- not present on the Hong Kong print. See more »

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References Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) See more »

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Donnie Yen and Yuen Woo Ping? A match made in heaven.
30 May 2003 | by lordburn591See all my reviews

I have to start off by saying that after seeing Iron Monkey, I went out and looked for every Donnie Yen movie I could find. And after all of that hard work, I realized that they all sucked! From his John Woo-like flop Ballistic Kiss to his numerous appearances (and subsequent deaths) in films like Highlander, Blade 2, and Shanghai Knights, on thing is apparent: Mr. Yen has got to get a new agent. His ability in martial arts is virtually unsurpassed, but the only other movie I've seen that challenges his abilities like in Iron Monkey was Drunken Tai Chi. With a goofy storyline of revenge (surprise!) and training to become stronger than the bad guy, Yuen Woo Ping has expertly melded comedy and action to create a fantastic party movie, something that anyone with a sense of humor can appriceate. Donnie is in top form, which is surprising given that this was his first starring role. He shows fantastic flexibility and a certain charisma that's hard to explain. I seriously hope that Donnie gets together with Yuen Woo Ping and creates another masterpiece soon, because getting killed in every film you're in is no way to make a legacy. (Ask Sean Bean.)


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