The Legend of Drunken Master (Jui kuen II) (Drunken Fist II) Reviews
The film is choc-full of memorable fights, and incredible stunts, some of which may cause you to yell out at the screen in mental anguish. The most incredible stunt has to be when Jackie is pushed onto white hot coals, and has to crawl backwards across the pit (apparently, he did this twice - ever the perfectionist).
The storyline is never the reason anyone would be gripped by a Chan film, but in this case, it's basic, yet more than acceptable.
The drunken boxing style is given a good go in this film, with Jackie demonstrating the style to magnificent effect. Watching this film, you certainly get a feel for Jackie's creativity and incredible ability to pull off some of the moves that simply no one else can perform. The sheer brilliance of some of his work in this film suggests that Chan never faltered from his quest for absolute perfection.
Overall, if you're a fan of Chan, then you'll probably adore this film. If you're a casual Chan fan (ie Rush Hour, Shanghai Noon) then this film will surely lighten up your knowledge of just how amazing this martial artist is.
Ken Lo kicks a lot of ass too as the villian, wish he would had better roles (these days he usually appears as a mere extra in Jackie's films) and Anita Mui is very fun to watch. Lau Kar Leung direction is good, but credits for Jackie in that final segment, which he directed. Seems LKL didn't want it to be like that, and i seriously can't see the reason.
Go watch this if you haven't done yet, Jackie might had reach his peak with this ,but damn, what a way to reach it.
But when we talk about the plot itself and the seemingly weird over-the-top response of the characters in certain situations(really, doing all of it for the sake of some pesky artifacts? Sending hordes of axe-wielding militia to attack an old man and an incompetent martial artist?), "The Legend of Drunken Master"(or "Drunken Master II" for those very concerned with continuity) still have some issues.
Jackie Chan, known for combining flawlessly choreographed fight scenes with slapstick comedy, has not faltered in a single scene, and at times, even convincingly shifting from overtly animated laugh riots into sudden dramatic pathos. Some may call this 'transitionally implausible" to execute. But for Jackie Chan(he's playing Wong Fei-hong in this film again, by the way), who's got lots more to cover than cheaply-conceived emotions(such as a stint on literally playing with the wonders of fire), nothing is complex when great 'timing' is involved.
This is martial arts cinema at its peak. No wires, no majestic philosophical notions about heaven and earth. Just the Buster Keaton-inspired Jackie Chan with lots of guts, a talent to showcase, and inserting the excitement and almost spell-bound sensation that I have felt while watching the climactic showdown in an extremely combustible steel factory, some breath to take.