Chui ma lau (Drunken Monkey) (2002)

Chui ma lau (Drunken Monkey)





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Action maestro Lau Kar Leung helms the martial arts saga Drunken Monkey - the tale of a bitter feud that erupts between two siblings. For years, Biao and his brother have co-run a security company - until Biao discovers that the latter is engaged in illegal, underground activities. When Biao disappears for a short time, everyone thinks him dead; he soon turns up again, however, determined to take on his wayward brother in a grueling battle-to-the-death. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi

Rating: R
Genre: Action & Adventure, Art House & International, Comedy
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On DVD: Aug 14, 2007



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Very fun and quite underrated offer from Lau Kar Leung, showing that he still can direct great action sequences. This is the type of roles that Wu Jing should be getting.

Tsubaki Sanjuro

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An average martial arts that is rather cheesy at points and the acting is almost terrible. It's not all bad but nothing that makes this stand out from the others.


If you have a soft spot for 1970's style kung fu flix where first rate martial artist fought it out on solid ground with little reliance on wires, then DRUNKEN MONKEY is the movie for you! If you've wondered what ever became of stars like Shaw Brothers' greats Chi Kuan-Chun, Liu Chia-Hui (aka Gordon Liu), and master choreographer Liu Chia-Liang now that the youngest of them is well into his 50's, then DRUNKEN MONKEY is the movie for you! If you don't object to some laughs with your martial mayhem and some nostalgia with your kung fu kata, then DRUNKEN MONKEY is the definitely the movie for you! Directed and choreographed by Liu Chia-Liang ( in pinyin that's Lau Kar-Leung) and starring him as well, DRUNKEN MONKEY is just plain old fun from start to finish, with plenty of great fights and forms thrown into the mix not only by our old favorites mentioned above, but also by the younger generation represented by Wu Jing, Lau Wing-Kin, and Shannon Yao. The plot centers on opium smuggling within Liu Chia-liang's delivery service, an operation somewhat like Wells Fargo. The smugglers are headed up by the hero's own brother who is in cahoots with the evil Chi Kuan-Chun. Seeing an old master like Liu Chia-Liang again is like a gift from heaven. Time seems to have completely passed him by; he's every bit as flexible, fluid, and graceful as he ever was--fast too. Chi Kuan Chun, who co-starred in many Shaw Brothers films in the 70s along side the late lamented Alexander Fu Sheng is still recognizeable although it may take a second or third glance. As a fighter he's still sharp as a tack. And everybody's favorite bald headed monk Gordon Liu Chia-Hui is no slouch either. He'll remind you how he became a household name in case you forgot. The younger generation in this film (Wu Jing, Shannon Yao etc.) is fine, but its the old guard that really makes this film worth seeing.

karen shaub

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