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World of Drunken Master (1979)

Cast: Lung Fei, Lung Fei, Jack Long, more...
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Studio: Mei Ah Laser Disc Co., Ltd.
Genre: Action, Foreign, Hong Kong, Martial Arts, Wuxia
Running Time: 88 min.
Languages: Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: English
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In this vintage martial arts action picture, vintner Chang Chi catches Fan Ta-pei and Su Hua-tzu red-handed as they steal grapes from his supplies. To make good for what they've stolen, Chang Chi puts them to work in his winery, and soon discovers they both have a natural talents for the martial arts. Chang begins coaching them in the finer points of Kung Fu, and one day when Fan Ta-pei and Su Hua-tzu see a thug named Yeh Hu harassing the townspeople, they stand up to the bully, only to discover he outpaces them as a fighter. Chang Chi arrives in time to save the day, but this rekindles an old rivalry between him and Yeh Hu, and now Fan Ta-pei and Su Hua-tzu must get serious about their martial arts studies to protect Chang Chi and the villagers from Yeh Hu and his minions. The World Of Drunken Master stars Jack Lung, Fei Lung, and Yuen Siu Tin. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

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Action and then Some... by aardvark December 15, 2003 - 1:33 PM PST
2 out of 2 members found this review helpful
One of the films which catapulted Jacky Chan to superstardom in Hong Kong was "Drunken Master", in which he performs a "drunken" style of kung fu. Such forms really do exist outside of the cinema, although the real life versions are not performed while actually under the influence, but merely mimic an inebriated person's staggering and stumbling movements.

"World of Drunken Master" is a film which attempted to capitalize on the success of Chan's film, as well as the genre of kung fu comedies that Chan first became famous for. The result is a quite respectable effort, with the seemingly nonstop fight scenes delivering perhaps more action than in any movie I've ever seen. Director Joseph Kuo ("The 18 Bronzemen", "Mystery of Chess Boxing", "Born Invincible") is regarded as one of the best independent filmmakers to have churned out kung fu films in the seventies. Co-star Li Yi Min attended the same opera school as Jacky Chan and here he demonstrates some extremely impressive onscreen acrobatics. The comedic scenes provide some genuinely funny moments.

My main complaint with this film is the plot, which towards the end of the film, becomes virtually incomprehensible. Perhaps there was some drunken screenwriting at work here?

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