Legend Of Drunken Master

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Jackie Chan's The Legend of Drunken Master comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. English and French soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1. There are no subtitles on this release, but the English soundtrack is closed captioned. Supplemental materials include an interview with Chan, whose legion of fans will not be disappointed with this solid DVD release. There is little here to interest those without an interest in Chan's ...
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Overview

Jackie Chan's The Legend of Drunken Master comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. English and French soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1. There are no subtitles on this release, but the English soundtrack is closed captioned. Supplemental materials include an interview with Chan, whose legion of fans will not be disappointed with this solid DVD release. There is little here to interest those without an interest in Chan's high-flying style.
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Special Features

"Behind the Master": interview with Jackie Chan; French-language track; Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound; Widescreen 2.35:1 enhanced for 16x9 televisions
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Kryssa Schemmerling
After starring in a string of contemporary urban action hits such as Super Cop and Crime Story, Hong Kong martial arts hero Jackie Chan returned to his roots, so to speak, with this kinetic comedy set in 19th-century China. The result is one of Chan’s best films of the '90s -- and one that was unavailable in the States until Miramax, which bought the rights years ago, released this dubbed, reedited version. Reviving the character of his 1978 hit Drunken Master, Chan plays a kung fu fighter who can only unleash his true power when thoroughly tanked. The plot, involving stolen Chinese artifacts and evil British industrialists, gives the seemingly ageless star numerous opportunities to pull off some of the most intricately staged and spectacular fights of his career. The drunken buffoonery adds to the slapstick element, a delightful throwback to the innocent antics of silent-era comedy. The film gets an extra boost from leading lady Anita Mui, the regal star of Stanley Kwan’s exquisite ghost story, Rouge. Here, Mui does a terrific comic turn as Chan’s feisty young stepmother, who urges him to greater heights of boozy brawling. Sumptuous sets and costumes give Legend a lush period feel that is somewhat undercut by Miramax’s cheesy English dubbing, apparently a bid to attract subtitle-shy American audiences. The studio needn’t have worried: The Legend of Drunken Master is a winner in any language.
All Movie Guide
This 16-years later sequel -- which arrived in the U.S. six years after that -- suffers from the lengthy time lapse: Jackie Chan plays the same childlike vagabond from the previous edition, but it's tough to be amused when a grown man is disciplined with whipping by his father (Ti Lung), who looks younger than the son, while the helpless mother (Anita Mui) watches -- and it's done for laughs. But Hong Kong action film story lines typically call for a certain amount of suspension of disbelief, so in that regard, scenes such as that -- and the one in which Mui is punched in the jaw and then talks out of the side of her mouth for comic effect -- are to be expected. The highlights of The Legend of Drunken Master, as with most of Chan's films, are the action set pieces, and the several that punctuate this work are spectacular. Particularly effective is the "drunken" boxing that gets Chan out of several jams; he drinks to excess just before a fight and then, the alcohol working miraculously quickly, he staggers to victory by leaning into kicks and punches and springing up from the ground like a clownish, tireless, inflatable punching bag. It's amazingly creative stuff. The sequence in which Chan and a cohort take on an entire army of martial artists and destroy a two-story tavern in the process is only upped by the finale versus the villain, which takes place on a smoldering bed of red-hot coals. The outtakes at the end of the film suggest the coals were real -- as was Chan's understandable terror.
Entertainment Weekly - Lisa Schwarzbaum
A half dozen years after its Asian release, and over two decades after the original Drunken Master made Jackie Chan a star in Hong Kong, The Legend of Drunken Master may be the most kick-ass demonstration yet, for the majority of American moviegoers, of what the fuss is all about: To many aficionados who know the video as Drunken Master II, this 1994 favorite, remastered and dubbed in 'classic' bad Chinese-accented English, showcases Chan in his impish glory, dazzling in his ability to make serious, complicated fighting look like devil-may-care fun.

A half dozen years after its Asian release, and over two decades after the original Drunken Master made Jackie Chan a star in Hong Kong, The Legend of Drunken Master may be the most kick-ass demonstration yet, for the majority of American moviegoers, of what the fuss is all about: To many aficionados who know the video as Drunken Master II, this 1994 favorite, remastered and dubbed in 'classic' bad Chinese-accented English, showcases Chan in his impish glory, dazzling in his ability to make serious, complicated fighting look like devil-may-care fun.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/13/2001
  • UPC: 786936151268
  • Original Release: 1994
  • Rating:

  • Source: Dimension
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Cinemascope (2.35:1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English, Français
  • Time: 1:42:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jackie Chan Wong Fei-hong
Ti Lung Wong Kei-ying
Anita Mui Madam Wong
Felix Wong Master Tsan
Liu Chia-Liang Master Fu Min-chi
Lau Kar-Leung Master Fu Min-chi
Chin Ka-lok Fo Sang
Andy Lau Counter Intelligence Officer
Bill Tung
Technical Credits
Liu Chia-Liang Director
Lau Kar-Leung Director
Peter Cheung Editor
Yuen Chieh Chi Screenwriter
Ho Chong-Sing Art Director, Production Designer
Rod Dean Editor
Wan Fat Asst. Director
Lam Hak-Ming Asst. Director
Leonard Ho Executive Producer, Producer
Yun Kai-Chi Screenwriter
Tseng King-Sang Producer, Screenwriter
Eddie Ma Art Director, Production Designer
Jingle Ma Cinematographer
Wong Man-Wan Cinematographer
Tong Man Ming Screenwriter
Hon Yee Sang Associate Producer
Edward Tang Producer, Screenwriter
Ching Tin-Kiu Costumes/Costume Designer
Eric Tsang Producer
Barbie Tung Associate Producer, Producer
Cheung Tung-Leung Cinematographer
Wu Wai-Lap Score Composer
Michael Wandmacher Score Composer
Cheung Yiu-Tsou Cinematographer
Kwan Yiu-Wing Asst. Director
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Scene Index

Chapter Selection
0. Chapter Selection
1. Opening/Paying Dues [:02]
2. Gone Wild! [:55]
3. Man Of Intelligence [:55]
4. Dirty Ginseng [2:50]
5. Overtime Hours, Overtime Pay [:27]
6. Drunken Boxing [:27]
7. Chinese Mafia In Bad English Suits [1:03]
8. "You're Not My Son" [:32]
9. Drunk And Alone, With No Home [:32]
10. Father Forgive Me [:02]
11. Eureka! [8:06]
12. "Seal" Of Approval [:37]
13. Shady Antiques [2:52]
14. Men In Battle [4:56]
15. Proud Family [2:53]
16. End Credits [3:37]
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Menu

Main
   Menu Group #1 with 17 chapter(s) covering 01:42:23
Set up
   Spoken Languages
   Captions
Sneak peeks
   Shanghai Noon
   Jackie Chan's Project A
   Supercop
   Supercop 2
   Twin Dragons
   Operation Condor
Behind the master- an interview with Jackie Chan.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    the legend of drunken master

    this has to be one of the many awesome jackie chan early films in his career. i never knew one can fight and kick ass without realizing it. i noticed you can play a character like that in the game virtua fighter i think. anyway this is about a guy, issues with his father and fighting a villian while vowing no more drinking. the only way to save the day is to take one sip and wham! he's a lean mean fighting machine. the fight scenes are amazing and now way are they fake. RIP Anita Mui, you were awesome in this and rumble in the bronx.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    SIMPLY SUPERB

    The fight scenes are awesome.. a must for any jackie chan fan !!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Just about as good as Chan gets!

    THE LEGEND OF DRUNKEN MASTER (JUI KUEN II in China) is just about as good as a Jackie Chan film can get. The Legend of Drunken Master is much better than it's prequel film, DRUNKEN MASTER (1978), with Chan returning as Wong Fei-hung (though in the original he was called Freddy...oh well). This film also has some of the best music ever, though the US version has new music by Michael Wandmacher, though that is also very good. Great performances by all, including Ti Lung as Wong's father and Anita Mui as Wong's (younger!) step-mom. A must-see for Jackie fans, and a really good film to watch for martial arts or comedy fans!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2000

    This is Jackie Chan, not frankie Chan

    This is an absolutely phenomenal jackie chan movie. I'd say this is his BEST period martial arts film (i.e. no guns, spy equipment, etc).

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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