Drunken Monkey (Chui ma lau) (2002)
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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.
I really liked the action-packed opening sequences but the film falters in its lame comedic moments which take up a good chunk of the middle portion of the film. Good fight scenes but I wish there was more of those.
What to expect in a movie called ?Drunken Monkey?? A wild Friday night at the zoo? Well, it turns out to be a martial arts film. The premise involves an uncle and his nephew (roughly of the same age) searching for a legendary kung fu master. They have no idea the trouble they?re in for. And when there?s trouble, you know that there are going to be some arms and legs violently flailing for sure.
The movie is really a showcase for Lau Kar Leung, who not only directs but also plays the kung fu master. At 66, the old man exhibits agility and robust strength to the tip of his fingers. The fighting style however is a bit bizarre. The actors do monkey poses and silly faces. Their secret weapon is wine. Come to think of it, that makes sense. Alcohol does make a monkey out of you. With its mixture of kick-ass action and goofy Chinese comedy, this cocktail of a movie is a punch. ?Drunken Monkey? is a passable entertainment that might be more fun if you watch it inebriated. Have yourself a simian party.
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