Legend of Drunken Master

Legend of Drunken Master

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Cast: Jackie Chan, Ti Lung, Anita Mui

     
 

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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 canSee more details below

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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.

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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.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/13/2001
UPC:
0786936151282
Original Release:
1994
Rating:
R
Source:
Walt Disney Video

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
Chin Ka-lok Fo Sang
Andy Lau Counter Intelligence Officer
Bill Tung Actor

Technical Credits
Liu Chia-Liang 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
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
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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