Drunken Master

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Overview

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 ...
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Overview

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.
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Tony Nigro
International superstar and kung fu clown Jackie Chan is a soaring, slurring sensation in Drunken Master -- the 1978 landmark that has spurred multiple sequels and imitators. Using the tried-and-true kung fu framework of focusing on one fighting style, the slim story follows Chinese folk hero Wong Fei-Hong Chan as he is sent by his father to learn a little discipline while studying "drunken boxing." But conventional chop-socky ends there. Needless to say, to truly master drunken boxing, one must be truly tipsy, and with a teacher like the red-faced Drunken Master Peking opera legend Simon Yuen, Chan's character learns the hard way: Portraying Wong more or less as a scrappy brat, Chan gets into plenty of mischief, which leads to a succession of fight sequences that recall Buster Keaton's uncanny comedic choreography. By the time of the lush 1994 sequel, billed in the U.S. as Legend of Drunken Master, this brand of kung fu comedy had already become Chan's calling card. The thoroughly entertaining approach is also thanks in part to director Yuen Woo-Ping the fight choreographer of The Matrix and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. It is one of his earliest films, yet he already displays the genius that would make him one of the most sought after martial arts movie magicians in the world.
Barnes & Noble - Tony Nigro
International superstar and kung fu clown Jackie Chan is a soaring, slurring sensation in Drunken Master -- the 1978 landmark that has spurred multiple sequels and imitators. Using the tried-and-true kung fu framework of focusing on one fighting style, the slim story follows Chinese folk hero Wong Fei-Hong Chan as he is sent by his father to learn a little discipline while studying "drunken boxing." But conventional chop-socky ends there. Needless to say, to truly master drunken boxing, one must be truly tipsy, and with a teacher like the red-faced Drunken Master Peking opera legend Simon Yuen, Chan's character learns the hard way: Portraying Wong more or less as a scrappy brat, Chan gets into plenty of mischief, which leads to a succession of fight sequences that recall Buster Keaton's uncanny comedic choreography. By the time of the lush 1994 sequel, billed in the U.S. as Legend of Drunken Master, this brand of kung fu comedy had already become Chan's calling card. The thoroughly entertaining approach is also thanks in part to director Yuen Woo-Ping the fight choreographer of The Matrix and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. It is one of his earliest films, yet he already displays the genius that would make him one of the most sought after martial arts movie magicians in the world.
Barnes & Noble - Tony Nigro
International superstar and kung fu clown Jackie Chan is a soaring, slurring sensation in Drunken Master -- the 1978 landmark that has spurred multiple sequels and imitators. Using the tried-and-true kung fu framework of focusing on one fighting style, the slim story follows Chinese folk hero Wong Fei-Hong Chan as he is sent by his father to learn a little discipline while studying "drunken boxing." But conventional chop-socky ends there. Needless to say, to truly master drunken boxing, one must be truly tipsy, and with a teacher like the red-faced Drunken Master Peking opera legend Simon Yuen, Chan's character learns the hard way: Portraying Wong more or less as a scrappy brat, Chan gets into plenty of mischief, which leads to a succession of fight sequences that recall Buster Keaton's uncanny comedic choreography. By the time of the lush 1994 sequel, billed in the U.S. as Legend of Drunken Master, this brand of kung fu comedy had already become Chan's calling card. The thoroughly entertaining approach is also thanks in part to director Yuen Woo-Ping the fight choreographer of The Matrix and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. It is one of his earliest films, yet he already displays the genius that would make him one of the most sought after martial arts movie magicians in the world.
Barnes & Noble - Tony Nigro
International superstar and kung fu clown Jackie Chan is a soaring, slurring sensation in Drunken Master -- the 1978 landmark that has spurred multiple sequels and imitators. Using the tried-and-true kung fu framework of focusing on one fighting style, the slim story follows Chinese folk hero Wong Fei-Hong Chan as he is sent by his father to learn a little discipline while studying "drunken boxing." But conventional chop-socky ends there. Needless to say, to truly master drunken boxing, one must be truly tipsy, and with a teacher like the red-faced Drunken Master Peking opera legend Simon Yuen, Chan's character learns the hard way: Portraying Wong more or less as a scrappy brat, Chan gets into plenty of mischief, which leads to a succession of fight sequences that recall Buster Keaton's uncanny comedic choreography. By the time of the lush 1994 sequel, billed in the U.S. as Legend of Drunken Master, this brand of kung fu comedy had already become Chan's calling card. The thoroughly entertaining approach is also thanks in part to director Yuen Woo-Ping the fight choreographer of The Matrix and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. It is one of his earliest films, yet he already displays the genius that would make him one of the most sought after martial arts movie magicians in the world.
Austin Chronicle

...not unlike the silent films of Chaplin, Keaton, and Lloyd, or for that matter, the best pictures of Hong Kong's Seventies kung fu films, the genius of Drunken Master lies in its kinetics. Pure entertainment, and a true chop-socky classic. Joey O'Bryan
Austin Chronicle

...not unlike the silent films of Chaplin, Keaton, and Lloyd, or for that matter, the best pictures of Hong Kong's Seventies kung fu films, the genius of Drunken Master lies in its kinetics. Pure entertainment, and a true chop-socky classic. Joey O'Bryan

International superstar and kung fu clown Jackie Chan is a soaring, slurring sensation in Drunken Master -- the 1978 landmark that has spurred multiple sequels and imitators. Using the tried-and-true kung fu framework of focusing on one fighting style, the slim story follows Chinese folk hero Wong Fei-Hong Chan as he is sent by his father to learn a little discipline while studying "drunken boxing." But conventional chop-socky ends there. Needless to say, to truly master drunken boxing, one must be truly tipsy, and with a teacher like the red-faced Drunken Master Peking opera legend Simon Yuen, Chan's character learns the hard way: Portraying Wong more or less as a scrappy brat, Chan gets into plenty of mischief, which leads to a succession of fight sequences that recall Buster Keaton's uncanny comedic choreography. By the time of the lush 1994 sequel, billed in the U.S. as Legend of Drunken Master, this brand of kung fu comedy had already become Chan's calling card. The thoroughly entertaining approach is also thanks in part to director Yuen Woo-Ping the fight choreographer of The Matrix and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. It is one of his earliest films, yet he already displays the genius that would make him one of the most sought after martial arts movie magicians in the world.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/20/2014
  • UPC: 737088095122
  • Original Release: 1978
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  • Source: Shadowplay Mod
  • Presentation: Pan & Scan
  • Language: Cantonese
  • Time: 1:51:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 50,219

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jackie Chan Wong Fei-hong (Naughty Panther)
Simon Yuen Sam Seed
Hwang Jang Lee Thunderfoot
Dean Shek Kai-Hsien
Yuen Shun-Yi Chen Kuo-Wei
Hsia Hsu
Yuen Siu Tin
Lam Yin
Technical Credits
Yuen Woo Ping Director, Screenwriter
Hsiao Lung Screenwriter
Ng See Yuen Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Funky Fresh

    Great fighting!! That song was off the Hook!! This has to be one of his top three movies ever!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Genius. Pure Genius.

    Easily one of my favorite movies of all time, right up there with Citizen Kane and Drunken Master 2. Seriously, this movie is awesome. Really awesome. There's not much plot, but if that bothers you the sequel actually has a meaningful storyline. Still, plot is not the focus of this movie and doesn't need to be. Chan's drunken boxing is both gracefully beautiful and totally sweet, and this movie rocks. Hardcore. A lot.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Drunken Master features awesome fight sequences.

    There are some great fight scenes here, most of which pit ''the good side'' against impossible odds from ''the bad side.'' Some truly inventive fighting in the movie, great fighting effects and even some humor all combine to make a great movie that will leave you smiling. The last fight scene in the movie is truly one of the greatest I've scene to date.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One Obvious Problem

    A Jackie Chan classic movie...although because of ''problems'' with the original Cantonese audio track, in certain points of the movie, English audio replaces the Cantonese audio track. Irritates me to the point of looking for a different version of this DVD with the Cantonese track intact.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Kick ass

    this has got to be jackie chans best movie ever, pure genius. Even though its old it still rulz it may not have flash grafix but the coriagrafing is class

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Drunken Master (Greatest Movie On Earth)

    This 1979 classic is to me Jackie Chans best movie of all.The movie starts out with some action within the first 5 minutes.The movie looks like a low budget film but once you see the fighting sequences it will take your breathe away.Everyone should see this movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Kung Fu movie

    AWESOME I really enjoyed this movie as it is very comical and has great action as well. The 2nd fight with the stick king is great!! I also like this movie as the plot is very simple and no lovey dovey to mess up the pure martial arts feel of the film.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A true dragon hiding

    The experienced eye will see the depth of Jackie Chan's kung fu in this fantastic movie. Few actors show kung fu at this high level and Jackie Chan furthermore maintains a humble attitude towards the art that he masters so well - a true dragon hiding.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    long live the master.

    after seeing most of mr chans movies it is clear he is a master martial artist/entainer,this movie shows his ability to invent new styles and keep thr cinema lovers happy.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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