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Come Drink with Me (2008)

Chang Pei-pei , King Hu  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Chang Pei-pei
  • Directors: King Hu
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Cantonese
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: The Weinstein Company
  • DVD Release Date: May 27, 2008
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0010X740K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,132 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Come Drink with Me" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Nearly four decades before Kill Bill, the groundbreaking Shaw Brothers classic Come Drink with Me set the bar for sword-wielding kung fu heroines. "A revelation in martial arts filmmaking" (Ross Chen,, it stars legendary fight queen Cheng Pei-pei (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) as Golden Swallow, a deadly agent sent to rescue a kidnapped official from a bandit clan. To take down the clan's five ruthless leaders, she teams up with a hard-drinking martial arts mentor, who helps her to cut a path of destruction through her enemies. Featuring pioneering wire work, landmark fight scenes, and a stylized sense of cool far ahead of its era, Come Drink with Me "may be the most influential martial arts film of all time" (David Walker, DVD Talk).

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68 of 69 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great wuxia story with good DVD quality October 19, 2008
This film, Come Drink with Me (Great Drunken Hero), is one of my favorite Asian movies, and I think it is perhaps comparable to Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai in terms of its contribution to the evolution of East Asian movies during the 1950s-1970s. I first saw this movie in either 1966 or 1967 at a movie theatre in the Far East, and recently I've seen it many more times on this DVD. The storyline takes place during the Ming Dynasty (either the 15th or the 16th century) in China's Two-River Province. The heroine Zhang, also known as Jin Yan Zi (meaning Golden Swallow), tries to rescue her older brother, the head prosecutor of the province, from captivity by the Five-Tiger Bandits. At the same time, a drunken beggar and martial-arts master Fan, called Da-Bei (meaning Big Drink), has to face the monk Liao Kung (Diao Jintang), his sworn older brother from the same Kung-fu league, to keep the Green Bamboo Pole that symbolizes the leadership of the Green Bamboo League. These two subplots merge together to become the overall story of this film: with the help of the drunken master, Zhang gets her brother back by destroying the ruthless bandits, and the evil-minded wushu master Diao, who turns out to be the real leader of the bandits, is also defeated by Fan in the final battle.

The story line appears somewhat simple, but it is meaningful in a sense that a wuxia story is told in a traditional Chinese way. The film is composed of beautifully choreographed sword fight sequences, seasoned with a subtle undertone of a romantic (although platonic) relationship between Zhang and Fan.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shaw Brothers Classic June 9, 2008
By MMAfan
Dragon Dynasty continutes to deliver great Shaw Brothers films one after the other. The 27th film to be released by Dragon Dynasty and their 6 Shaw Brothers release, you can't go wrong with this one. Widely considered to be one of the best Hong Kong films ever made, one can see why. It carries a great story along with awesome fight scenes and fantastic acting by Cheng Pei-Pei(commentary included with her and Bey Logan) and Yueh Hua.

Special Features include:
Feature Commentary with Bey Lognan/Cheng Pei Pei
King and I-Director Tsui Hark reflections on film
Come Speak With Me-Interview with Cheng Pei Pei
A Classic Remembered-Retrospective with Bey Logan
Return of Drunken Master-Interview with Yueh Hua
Trailer Gallery
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie, Horrible DVD August 17, 2006
I am not giving the movie 2 stars, in my opinon it is required viewing for anyone interested in kung fu/wuxia cinema. This movie was groundbreaking for its time, and it was a lot of fun to see the many inspirations for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon in the film. It was also fun to see Chang Pei Pei (the villian of CTHD) in her early years. She and Angela Mao broke ground for future Hong Kong women warriors such as Michelle Yeoh. Now, as for the DVD itself...HORRIBLE. It is of such low quality that it wouldn't play on ANY player without skipping at least a little bit. The transfer looks horrible, it made what I am sure is a beautiful looking film look like I filmed it on a camera phone. And the worst offense, for about 20 minutes in the middle of the film you can't see the subtitles! They just drop off the screen! Well, not ALL of them, you can still read the tops of the letters!!! Somehow this is repaired before the film ends so the movie wasn't totally ruined. The day someone wants releases this movie in a even average quality DVD, BUY IT, WATCH IT, LOVE IT! Till then, I am sorry to say, don't bother with this horrible DVD.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Watch out ! VCD transfer... and a very bad one September 16, 2006
By viskaya
Well, the only star given to this early martial arts masterpiece concerns only its value as one of the firts high production kung fu movies, for it`s artistic vision and great action sequences. Back in 1968 this film was widely consider one of the first action kung fu movies, moving forward from pekin opera.
Now, speaking of the edition of this dvd, if i can call this a dvd, let`s go for parts: first this is NOT a dvd, it`s an INTERNET VCD DOWNLOAD, edited with scene selection. As we all know, besides lousy picture and sound quality, VCD format includes one or more subtitles (in this case cantonese and english) IN the picture, meaning NOT REMOVABLE.
Second, there`s blackouts every three minutes and the scene were drunken cat shows his rock breaking finger powers, is actually a complete digital mess.
If you flip the disc, the reading side is purple, typical 4.7 GB dvd disc with picture logo. OK, asian editions are bad, but at least they`re originals. Some new york company manufactured this discs, and for some reason they `re selling them as DVDs.
So, There`s a warning: STAY AWAY FROM THIS EDITION!!!
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
By morgoth
Cheng Pei Pei stars as The Golden Swallow, and is known for her great fighting skills. A gang is trying to rescue their leader from going to jail, and they end up kidnapping a man (Golden Swallow's brother) so that they can make him their hostage and trade him for their leader. Some really wicked villains in this, and I was amazed at how well Pei Pei handles herself. She uses double daggers, and it's a refreshing change from the standard straight sword that you see in most movies. Yueh Hua has a good role as the "Drunk Cat". He appears to be the town drunkard, but he's really an expert martial artist. He helps Pei Pei out with anything that she can't handle. Hua is very likable, and plays his role well.

Come Drink with Me is a movie that still holds up today. Back in 1966 it was probably the best wuxia ever made.


Picture and sound are awesome, and there are plenty of special features. I will go over each one individually.

First up is a brand new commentary from Cheng Pei Pei and Bey Logan. Dragon Dynasty once again proves to be the elite company releasing martial arts movies. No one can touch the special features they provide, and this commentary is a Cheng Pei Pei fan's dream come true. This isn't your average commentary from some actor who barely remembers making the movie. Pei Pei knows this movie and the actors very well. Her English isn't perfect, but I could still understand most of what she said.

17 minute interview with Yueh Hua- I was surpised to hear Hua speaking English. He is not the most energetic person as he is pretty old now, but there is a lot of good information provided.

14 minutes with Tsui Hark- Hark gives his thoughts on the movie and talks about King Hu.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
It's okay.
Published 2 days ago by MJG
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good old kung fu moive.
Published 1 month ago by lonnie sanders
5.0 out of 5 stars this is still a great movie for any Fu fan
The movie that started the Golden Swallows theme. To this day, many movies try to imitate the scene in the tea house. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Yepo
5.0 out of 5 stars VERY good DVD edition of a classic from Shaw Brothers Hong Kong.
I REALLY like how this DVD is compiled. The picture quality is a bit lacking because it has not yet been digitally remastered, but that is not necessary to enjoy all the... Read more
Published 7 months ago by K. Henton
3.0 out of 5 stars Dance-y versus martial arts
I liked the symbolism in the movie, unique to Chinese language/characters, & was excited to see strong female lead in older martial arts movie, but her martial arts seemed more... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Momo11
4.0 out of 5 stars This was a classic which invaded the USA some forty five years ago
Although today it would be sort of hokey, back 45 years ago, it was one of the first kung fu films to hit the American Market. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Alvin Miyatake
1.0 out of 5 stars What is this?
I don't know what to call this one. To me it looks like a Spanish version of a Korean movie. This is one terrible movie. The title has no bearing on content. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Clyde L. Harris Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars Come Drink withMe
One of the first movies with Chang Pei-Pei where the woman is in control and can fight like any man.
Published 9 months ago by Master 1
5.0 out of 5 stars King fu Masterpiece
My favorite Kung Fu movie. I bought this for my son who is in film school so that he could appreciate King Hu, one of the most influential directors of all time. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Socalme
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST Watch
This had LOTS of action and LOTS of fun to watch. The Chinese ahve a way with putting Wushu on film. A MUST watch.
Published 11 months ago by David Girouard
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