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Drunken Master (Jui kuen) (1978)


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Release Date: Oct 5, 1978 Wide



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One of the earliest major films starring Jackie Chan, this 1978 Hong Kong offering highlights the relationship between a student and his martial arts master. This theme would dominate the American martial arts genre for years to come, as evidenced by The Karate Kid and many films to follow. Wong Fei-hong, played by Chan, is a 19th-century folk hero in Chinese culture and cinema, a kung fu master who fights injustice in the time of British colonialism. This character would later be portrayed by

Apr 2, 2002

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It's an undisguised star vehicle for the likeable Chan and his incredible acrobatic skills, and even viewers who couldn't care less about which fighting style the combatants are using will enjoy watching him be put through his paces.

June 1, 2010 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

II was better, but this is great too.

December 21, 2004
Greenwich Village Gazette

From the viewpoint of tracking Jackie Chan's career, this movie is a milestone.

March 16, 2004 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide | Comment (1)
Apollo Guide

Chan's breakthrough film is crudely made, but his own charm and athleticism make this worth a look.

March 28, 2003
Nitrate Online

Not unlike the silent films of Chaplin, Keaton, and Lloyd, or for that matter, the best pictures of Hong Kong's Seventies kung fu films, the genius of Drunken Master lies in its kinetics. Pure entertainment, and a true chop-socky classic.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

This is the film where Chan's confidence in his unique mix of comedy and martial arts, his gracefully choreographed slapstick-kung fu fighting style and natural athleticism, really began to blossom.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Audience Reviews for Drunken Master (Jui kuen)

it is pretty silly but jackie chan is amazing. love the training sequences and especially the keep-away fight. it's like watching a dance film!
July 19, 2013
Stella Dallas

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A relentlessly silly, ridiculous, familiar martial-arts yarn of a talented young kung fu artist (Jackie Chan) who is trained by an elder master in the correct ways in how to fight. Although it is overlong and gets tedious at times, this movie still succeeds for what it is just because of Chan's irrefutable likability and fantastic stuntwork. As said, it is super corny and you can't take it seriously at all, but it does relatively well for what it is trying to be. Skipable, but still worthwhile in parts.
December 11, 2012
Dan Schultz

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im usually more into the epic or serious kung fu films than the comedies, but jackie chan's kung fu comedies are the cream of the crop and this is easily one of the best kung fu films ever. the training sequences are some of my favorites for any martial arts film, and chan's aerobics and constant movements are impressive. the film effectively blends 3 villains and features tons of fight scenes. truly excellent.
January 21, 2011
danny d

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A hint to some: When you practice standing meditation in qi gong, make sure to drink a small amount of Chinese fermented rice wine before you start. Once you have begun meditation, picture in your mind what is called in this movie "Monkey" style. I hear for some of us, this can be the key to the world of martial arts. You know I've heard it said that Jet Li went the martial arts side of performance, while Jackie Chan went the acrobatics route. Well, that may be true, but it surely does not mean that Jackie Chan cannot pull off some amazing kung fu. And it's Jackie Chan, so why haven't you already seen it : )
September 8, 2010

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