Drunken Master (Jui kuen)

1978

Drunken Master (Jui kuen)

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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 Jet Li in the more serious Once Upon a Time in China. Drunken Master finds Wong in his early years as a troublesome youth who is sent to receive discipline and martial arts instruction from his uncle (Siu Tien Yuen), the hard-drinking title character. Wong runs away, but runs afoul of some local villains. Beaten badly, he returns to his uncle, who trains him in "drunken-style" kung fu. The martial arts showcased by Chan in this film are important in the development of his career; the staggering, inebriated techniques allow for a looser, more flowing style, but more importantly, they contribute to the elaborate martial-arts slapstick that have become Chan's trademark and have made him an international star.

Cast

Jackie Chan
as Wong Fei-Hung, Wong Fei Hung
Siu Tien Yuen
as Sam Seed
Jang Lee Hwang
as Thunderleg, Thunderfoot
Dean Shek
as Professor Kai-Hsien
Hsia Hsu
as King of Bamboo, King of Bamboo Hsu Ching Tien
Shun-Yee Yuen
as Chen Kuo-Wei, Charlie Wei
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  • Jul 19, 2013
    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!
    Stella D Super Reviewer
  • Dec 15, 2010
    Outstanding combination of unusual elements, odd even for that era. Yuen Woo-ping artistic mastery and Jackie Chan's light-hearted and humorous spirit meet the brutal slapstick violence that was regarded as normal violent standards. There's just too much brilliance throughout, too much irresistible elements that have labeled this as "the original kung-fu comedy". No better description is available: this, with its never-ending final duel sequence, is <b>unparalleled</b> madness. 93/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer
  • Sep 08, 2010
    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. <p>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. <p> And it's Jackie Chan, so why haven't you already seen it : )
    Lanning : Super Reviewer
  • Oct 23, 2009
    Jackie Chan learns drunken Kung Fu from a wine-guzzliing master in order to fight properly against the evil assassin Yan Ti San. Amazingly tightly choreographed fight sequences (you can watch it for these alone) and very very silly.
    Lesley N Super Reviewer

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