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Legend of the Drunken Master

11:25 Fri 09th Jul 2010 |

Legend of the Drunken Master is a Hong Kong martial arts action comedy. This film is one of Jackie Chan’s earliest and shows the beginnings of the comedic kung fu style for which he became famous. This film was a large success at the Hong Kong box office and cemented Jackie Chan’s stardom.

Jackie Chan is celebrated as one of the greatest living martial arts stars who performs his own stunts and also adds comedic value to his films. The Legend of the Drunken Master is no exception to this rule. Although still young Jackie’s distinguishing style is becoming apparent. Many viewers thought the fight scenes were expertly choreographed and almost reaching the quality of Bruce Lee.

This martial arts classic was the second collaboration between Chan and director Yuen Woo Ping, fight choreographer for The Matrix and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.

Chan plays Wong Fei Hung who is the rebellious son of a Kung Fu master. His father sends him away as an apprentice to another master named So Hi who has a unique ‘drunken’ fighting style. Under the stern tutelage of So, Wong learns humility and the distinctive fighting method so he can defeat the assassin sent to kill his father.

Cinema release 1979

Certificate 12

Available on DVD and Blue Ray

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