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Drunken Master (1978)

Jackie Chan , Siu Tin Yuen , Woo-ping Yuen  |  R |  DVD
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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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    Some Region 1 DVDs may contain Regional Coding Enhancement (RCE). Some, but not all, of our international customers have had problems playing these enhanced discs on what are called "region-free" DVD players. For more information on RCE, click .
  • 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 (162 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005YUNV
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,897 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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The Original Kung Fu Comedy! Won Fei Hung (Jackie Chan) stars as the mischievous young son of a martial arts school master who is constantly clowning around when he should be learning kung fu. After his comic antics injure the son of a powerful local man, his father enlists the help of his sadisticuncle to teach his son a little self-discipline. This strange man, who has a reputation for crippling his students, tries to teach Fei Hung a bizarre style of kung fu. At first, Fei Hung resists, butafter losing a fight with a local assassin who has been hired to kill his father, he realizes he must master the special art of the 's trademark slapstick comedy, DRUNKEN MASTER ushered in the new genre of kung fu comedy and established Chan as its uncontested king.

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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "I'm drunk with inner strength!" April 8, 2005
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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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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Chinese track is botched! May 15, 2002
By LiK
Format:DVD
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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50 of 59 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars NOT the recently re-released "Legend of Drunken Master" December 29, 2000
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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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
loved it
Published 1 month ago by Robert
5.0 out of 5 stars every body was kung fu fighting
best jackie chan movie you've never seen
Published 1 month ago by ninjaboborino
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Classic kung fu film that's both humorous & hard hitting at the same same time, a true classic!
Published 2 months ago by RockSteadyEddie
5.0 out of 5 stars I am very happy with this purchase
I am very happy with this purchase. It was exactly what it was supposed to be. It arrived quickly, and the price was right. Thank you!
Published 2 months ago by Lisa Tracy
3.0 out of 5 stars Good martial arts but cheesy movie
The martial arts and training techniques in this movie are astounding. The storyline and acting on the other hand are not very good. Read more
Published 3 months ago by tdawgibuki8
4.0 out of 5 stars 1970's Kung Fu Cinema, Jackie Chan Style
Drunken Master is a great example of classic 1970's kung fu cinema. Usually when you think about 70's kung fu movies, you think about the Shaw Brothers. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Julian Pope
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 5 months 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 6 months 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 7 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 7 months ago by WMKzelis
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