Brentwood's Rarescope is doing a wonderful job bringing kung-fu movies to viewers, especially the rare stuff that most people haven't seen. One example of this is martial-arts comedy "Drunken Dragon," with its bizarre characters and extremely odd training. It's not Rarescope's best, but it is fun.
Master of Doom (Phillip Ko) and his lethal henchmen are trying to steal the seven-star armor, which theoretically makes one invincible. But it isn't where they thought it would be -- it turns out to be on an old lady, who lives with her somewhat loserish grandson Doggy. After one of the henchmen beats up Doggy, Granny sends him off to his great-uncle -- with the armor.
Unfortunately, the guys catch the old lady without the armor, and kill her. Doggy and the great-uncle (who is madly in love with Granny) return to find her remains in an urn. Doggy vows revenge, but he can only become strong enough by undergoing his great-uncle's strenuous training...
"Drunken Dragon" -- I'm not sure why it's called this, since there isn't much drinking here -- is a nice solid little kung-fu movie, the sort you'd find gathering dust in a video store until a cult movie fan picks it up. It's all you'd expect, with a basic revenge plot and some slightly sick comedy reminiscent of Monty Python.
Actionwise, "Drunken Dragon" is a semiprecious gem, with lots of the usual kicking and chopping, but also with one gloriously bizarre scene involving a one-legged martial-artist in a wheeled boat. Doggy's training is pretty bizarre, with the old man repeatedly hitting him with a giant hammer to make his reflexes stronger, while wearing a Michelin Man bodysuit.Read more ›
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this release is rather ghetto. it has two separate versions of the movie, one hardsubbed with chinese audio and another with no subs and dubbed. rather than taking the time to do subs properly they just threw in a hardsubbed version which of course leaves less room on the disc for a single, quality video track. if there is any other reason they did this it is not noted on the box. i suppose its possible the hardsubbed version looks better in parts but nothing i noticed. if this is the case they should have noted something about it.
Unfortunately though the movie starts off with some good fights, but then we ony get a couple more.
Directed by "the top disciple of woo ping", it certainly has that woo ping style. Though I can't really name who this guy is, you can tell that rarescope is not lying. The movie starts out with a VERY weird seen when the Master of Doom(Phillip Ko) and his oddly dressed henchman(Yeung Hung and William Yen) show up looking for the seven star armor. Now the wierdness can't really be explained so I will sum this up by sayign that Hio Meng's paddle style in Hell'z Windstaff ain't got nothin on this scene.
Next we meet our hero Doggy. Yes that is his name in the movie and his name in real life in Sun Kwo-Ming. You will recognize him from plenty of films and I feel retarded that I can't name one right now. So Doggy lives with his granny played by the 6th venom(hybrid) Chiang Shang. You can see his chinese opera skills in full array as he must have played women roles when he was training in the opera growing up. And btw, he is not trying to act like a woman necassarily, but he is playing his character to perfection. Having seen so many of these movies, it is nice to see someone as talented as the late great Chiang Sheng playing a role that he is really one of the best at.
So Doggy has to go and meet his child hood friend Tiger so that they can get married. Not noticing his child hood love because she has gained some weight, she finally picks Doggy up and then he remembers. This fat girl I have to say was extremely fun to watch. She only has like 2 fight scenes but they were absolute brillinace.
The rest of the movie is weird and wonderful, but just doesn't move along like a woo pign movie. It kind of drags and THEN Leung Ka Yan(Beardy) shows up.Read more ›
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