Tang, Tong Man Ming, Yuen Chieh Chi
Chan, Ti Lung, Anita Mui, Lau Ka Leung,
out of 5
OF DRUNKEN MASTER is the American release
of the Jackie Chan flick DRUNKEN MASTER
II. It is the same film except for a different
musical score and it’s dubbed in English.
This is a Jackie Chan film in every way,
with an incomprehensible plotline, cheesy
bad guys, and many, many fights.
the titular Drunken Master, Jackie Chan,
like Popeye with his spinach, becomes
even more potent with the consumption
of alcohol. The plot as such revolves
around him stopping the Evil British Ambassador
from stealing precious Chinese artifacts
(a premise revisited in RUSH HOUR). But
enough about that. The real reason to
watch this movie is to see the superhuman
performer that is Jackie Chan. He continues
to be a glory to behold, capable of physical
feats that most people do not even conceive
of. We are provided many opportunities
to see his kung fu skills (An inconsequential
fight at the beginning of the movie lasts
ten minutes.) as the movie is laced with
energetic fight scenes. They were so energetic
that 30 minutes into the movie I felt
an American release, this was really good.
The dubbing matched the lip movement and
the voices were not annoyingly stereotypical.
It was amusing that all the bad guys —
even the Chinese bad guys — have British
when Jackie is not fighting the movie
continues to move, especially when focused
on Jackie’s conniving stepmom (Anita Mui).
When he is fighting, it is over-the-top,
culminating in a fight with his real-life
bodyguard, who went on to his own movie
career after this film. A blast. A total
a pal and pay full price for both tickets.
worth a full-price ticket.
worth a matinee ticket.
for video rental.
out the video from the library, if you
I would never encourage anyone to destroy