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Legend of the Drunken Tiger (1990)

Zui gui Zhang San (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Romance | 1990 (China)
The story of some Chinese reformers who escape from the Qing army and later battle the foreign expeditionary force during the Boxer Rebellion.


Baoshan Dai


Baorui Zhang (story), Zien Zhang (screenplay) | 2 more credits »




Credited cast:
Kara Wai ... Leela
Chunzhong Zhang Chunzhong Zhang
Alexander Rei Lo
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yu-Jing Chen Yu-Jing Chen
Kwok Keung Cheung ... Wang Wu
Pak-Kwong Ho
Feng Ku ... Yung Lu
Hsin Li Hsin Li
Lung-Yin Li Lung-Yin Li ... Yang
So Man So Man ... Tsai, Chin-Hua
Hsieh Wang ... Liang Chen-Pu
Lingwei Xu Lingwei Xu ... Zhang San
Yung Yeh Yung Yeh
Xiutong Zhu Xiutong Zhu


The story of some Chinese reformers who escape from the Qing army and later battle the foreign expeditionary force during the Boxer Rebellion.

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Action | Romance


Not Rated



China | Hong Kong | Taiwan



Release Date:

1990 (China) See more »

Also Known As:

Zui xia xing See more »

Filming Locations:

Great Wall of China, China

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Thumb down for this political propaganda
5 April 2004 | by zzmaleSee all my reviews

The literal translation of the title of this movie is: Drunken Master Zhang the third.

There is only one conclusion from this movie: the Chinese government must be desperate. This movie is made one year after the 1989, the year of June 4th incident, and as a result, the Chinese government was condemned internationally. The Chinese government was in desperate need of rally nationalism to support its legitimacy, and this movie was one of its pathetic results.

The plot is fabricated by altering the truth. For example, the protagonist, the martial arts master specialized in the form of Drunken Fists, although discontent with the corrupted regime, was a loyal army officer and in reality, he actually obeyed the imperial order of staying in the capital and helped the foreigners to restore orders. It was not until 1911 when he was finally fed up with the corrupted regime and joined the Dr. Yat-Sen Sun's revolution to overthrow the corrupted regime.

However, the 1911's revolution was Chinese against Chinese, a regime change, and it would be much better to rally nationalistic feelings if the situation was Chinese against foreign invaders, so the history was changed in this movie to what it is now. A good example of governmental censorship at work.

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