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Legend of Drunken Master (1994)

Cast: Jackie Chan, Jackie Chan, Ti Lung, more...
Director: Lau Kar-Leung, Lau Kar-Leung
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Studio: Dimension
Genre: Action, Comedies, Foreign, Hong Kong, Martial Arts
Running Time: 102 min.
Languages: English, French
Subtitles: English
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Synopsis
Jackie Chan returns in one of his greatest roles in this action-comedy sequel to his 1978 Hong Kong blockbuster Drunken Master. Wong Fei Hong (Chan) is a young master of the martial art of "drunken boxing," in which fighters use alcohol to blind themselves to pain and release the angry brawler within; with the right amount of drinks under his belt, Hong can become a furious one-man army. Hong accompanies his father (Ti Lung) on a voyage to China, where they purchase a precious supply of ginseng. When Hong discovers thugs stealing from their luggage, he leaps into action to get their belongings back. Instead, he winds up with a box of valuable Chinese artifacts, which criminals are hoping to smuggle to England at a tremendous profit. Hong sets out to fight the gangsters and give the artifacts back to their rightful owners, but while his stepmother (Anita Mui) encourages him to use his drunken boxing skills, his father feels his boozy antics bring shame to the family. Jackie Chan brought some of his most elaborate stunt work to Drunken Master 2, including a remarkable fight on a bed of hot coals; Chan also directed part of the film, after Lau Kar Leung was fired after a number of disagreements with his star. Six years after it became a box office hit in Asia, Drunken Master 2 earned a theatrical release in the United States; the film was re-titled Legend Of The Drunken Master (in part because the original Drunken Master never had a proper theatrical release in America), re-edited, and dubbed into English, with a new score by Michael Wandmacher. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

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Fantastic movie... lousy DVD by Malex August 9, 2005 - 8:54 PM PDT
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Originally released as Drunken Master II, this is possibly Chan's best movie... brilliant fightscenes, excellent choreography, and hilarious (mostly intentional, occasionally though poor translation.) For reasons beyong me, this release has only a poor dubbing into english (and french!) but no original Chinese dialog track. Also the music has been changed, and apparently it's been edited down, though I found it too frustrating to sit though.

Perhaps I'm a purist, and if you don't like subtitles anyway you should go ahead and see it, but I'm going to wait until someone releases the original edit.




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