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Drunken Master (1978)

Jackie Chan , Siu Tin Yuen , Woo-ping Yuen  |  R |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (156 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jackie Chan, Siu Tin Yuen, Jang Lee Hwang, Siu Hung Cham, Tien Lung Chen
  • Directors: Woo-ping Yuen
  • Writers: Woo-ping Yuen, See-Yuen Ng, Lung Hsiao
  • Producers: See-Yuen Ng
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Cantonese
  • Subtitles: English, French, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: April 2, 2002
  • Run Time: 111 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (156 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005YUNV
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,082 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Drunken Master" on IMDb

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Though it wasn't Jackie Chan's first film, Drunken Master is the film that cemented his stardom. Jackie plays the rebellious son of a kung fu master. To teach Jackie the value of discipline, his father apprentices him to another master named So Hi, who has a unique "drunken" fighting style. Jackie chafes at So Hi's rigorous exercises and runs away--only to be brutally humiliated at the hands of a hired killer named Thunderleg. Chastened, Jackie becomes So Hi's devoted student. He soon discovers he will need everything he's learned when Thunderleg is hired to kill his father. In Drunken Master, Jackie is only beginning to cultivate his mixture of action and comedy; here the emphasis is on kung fu acrobatics. But the kung fu is astounding. The final fight is dizzying and amazingly choreographed by director Yuen Woo-ping (now famous as the fight choreographer for The Matrix). --Bret Fetzer

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Jackie Chan. The troublesome son of a martial arts master must learn the art of Drunken Boxing" when he loses a fight with an assassin hired to kill his father. Directed by Yuen Wo Ping. In Cantonese with English audio & subtitles. 1978/color/111 min/NR/widescreen.

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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "I'm drunk with inner strength!" April 8, 2005
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
There's any number of reason to like international film star Jackie Chan...his superior athletic ability, infectious sense of humor, personable charm, but I think the one element that endears him to me is his willingness to put himself in the position of serious physical harm in order to entertain the audience. Sure there are attempts to minimize the risks to some degree (meticulous planning and repetitive practicing), and given Chan's incredible physical prowess he's less likely to suffer harm than say I would trying to do half the things he does, but despite these factors, there is still the notion that with many of his stunts, particularly in his later films, he's always about a hair away from killing himself. Anyway, directed by Woo-ping Yuen, who would later choreograph action scenes for the Matix and Kill Bill films, Drunken Master (1978) aka Jui kuen stars Jackie Chan (listed in the credits as Jacky) and Siu Tien Yuen (the director's father).

The film begins as an assassin named Thunderleg, Master of the Devil's Kick, searching out his most recent target in that of The Champion of the Four Door Fist (not all, but a lot of the characters have titles like this). He finds him, a battle ensues, and one is left standing. We then cut to a scene featuring students practicing martial arts in a school. It's here we meet one of the pupils named Wong Fei-Hung (Chan), whose father actually runs the school. Wong appears fairly adept (after showing up one of the teachers), but lacks the discipline and humility to achieve beyond his current skills, which becomes obvious to his father after a series of incidents involving a local bully, among others.
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49 of 57 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars NOT the recently re-released "Legend of Drunken Master" December 29, 2000
I have a copy of the DVD they are selling above. It is definitely NOT Drunken Master II. This is the original Drunken Master, made in 1978 I think, and its really a good movie. The only problem is, the DVD is the absolute worst transfer of anything I have ever seen in my life. The picture is so ugly and blurry, and the sound is crap. It's watchable, but I wouldn't recommend it. I gave it 5 stars for the movie, 0 stars for the dvd, which averages out to 3.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Chinese track is botched! May 15, 2002
By LiK
OMG, I was so happy to finally see one of Jackie Chan's best films come to DVD at last. This is the original classic that has been imitated to the max by other flicks as well as by Jackie Chan himself.
I'm not going to explain the plot and such. This was a great film with great action scenes and a lot of funny moments. The audio commentary is also a nice touch. BUT, why two stars you ask? Here's the problem:
The Chinese track switches from Chinese to English across different chapters. I thought it was my player but then I tried other players and the same problem arose. Then after reading the following reviews on Amazon, this was the manufacturer's fault! I can't believe it! I've had the VCD for years and I loved the film. Now that I FINALLY get to see it in it's widescreen glory with remastered footage (which looks GREAT if you've been watching the original versions) I find out they BOTCHED the Chinese track. If you like dubs (ick) then you won't care. But the Chinese track was hilarious and was one of my fave parts of the film. They also edited out a few scenes that are noted int he audio commentary. =( I would've given this DVD 5 stars if they didn't mess up the language tracks so badly. Shame on you Colombia/Tristar!
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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Jackie Chan's Drunken Master ????????????? January 5, 1999
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Format:VHS Tape
This movie is not Jackie Chan's Drunken Master. Jackie is in it for about 5 minutes total. They have dubbed scenes from Drunken Master and put them in this movie. There is a good fight scene at the end of the movie, but Jackie Chan is not in it. This is a cheap imitation of the real thing. It is not a bad movie over all, but not a Jackie Chan movie.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding fight scenes, poor quality DVD April 23, 2001
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I am a big Jackie Chan fan, so I bought this with high expectations. While the fight scenes are spectacular and well staged (an average of a fight every 5-10 minutes), the big disappointment in the is the quality of the transfer to DVD. The picture is blurry at times. Another disappointment is the sound. It is dubbed with very poor quality. Ironically it was very similar to the Kung Fu movies they used to show on television years ago, the very ones that made me a big fan of the genre. It was a trip down memory lane. I am still glad I bought it as a better version is not available and it is better than nothing.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
DRUNKEN MASTER is one of Jackie Chan's all time greats (the film itself is a 5 star film, only this DVD gets a 3 star rating). He plays a naughty little rascal named Huang Fei Hung (yes, the same character Kwan Tak Hing made famous in a series of nearly 100 films and later by Jet Li in the ONCE UPON A TIME IN CHINA series of films) who's sent by his father to the famous Sam the Seed (the old Drunken Master himself, Simon Yuen) to learn discipline. Huang Fei Hung can't take the torturous training and runs away, but after getting beat up and humiliated by a wicked kicking Master (he burns the kid's pants, badmouths his father's kung fu, and makes him crawl between his legs like a dog) he quickly repents and begs Sam the Seed to take him back. The film is a delightful mixture of kung fu, comedy, and drama with enough dazzling displays of martial arts and acrobatics to keep viewing fresh time after time.
My gripe with this DVD is that the English language track is NOT the wonderfully fun one released previously on VHS featuring those loveably familiar English dubbed kung fu movie voices of the 1970s-80s. Some people hate those English dub jobs and will always prefer the original Chinese language tracks (which fortunately ARE on the DVD with choice of subtitles), but there are those of us who also enjoy watching the old English dubbed versions for their sheer camp value and cartoon-like energy. Those same voices (found on almost all exported kung fu films of that time period) have become like family members (the ones you want to have visit!).
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor viewing
The product should have been check before it was sold. very poor quality to be sold, it should have been fully inspected.
Published 27 days ago by Derwin
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the sort of movie that is for the ages
Jackie is young strong and well coordinated, I loved this movie and it's clear from watching it why he's as bi a name as he is. Top 5 kung fu flick in my collection
Published 1 month ago by Akil
2.0 out of 5 stars Not the greatest quality
Love this movie but the quality of the video is terrible. Really difficult to watch when it's so grainy :/
Published 2 months ago by Ashley
5.0 out of 5 stars A+
Jackie Chan rules, he made two Drunken Master movies, this is the better of the two. Highly recommended if you love the Chan
Published 2 months ago by WMKzelis
5.0 out of 5 stars Astonishing movie
Typical old school kung fu typed of movie.
This is Jackie Chan debut movie.
I like this dvd version because it has the old version from Golden Harvest which is hard to... Read more
Published 3 months ago by blondeslover
5.0 out of 5 stars Drinking and fighting done elegantly
love both the first and second of this series. Fighting is pretty cool. Voice overs are great. and well its Jackie chan!!
Published 5 months ago by R. Spurrier
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic movie
For anyone that loves old martial arts movies, this is a must have. I'm guessing the original audio was damaged since it auto switches in the middle of the movie, but it is still... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Rostam Kamvar
5.0 out of 5 stars Drunken Master
a very good movie old but really good add this one to your collection you wont be disappointed trust me.
Published 7 months ago by Cornelius
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
Works perfectly & no damage, when received. Product is satisfactory & same as advertised. I would definately do business with them, again
Published 7 months ago by Johnny-Be-Good
2.0 out of 5 stars I don't get it.
I thought this movie was ok. I just don't think its great.

Its more Martial Acrobatics than Martial Arts. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Jim Phillips
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