-By King Ruckus
Last time we brought you films from Bruce Lee and Donnie Yen.This week we’re continuing along the “tried and true classics” route with none other than Jackie Chan! The Legend of Drunken Master(1994)Chan is well known for fusing together slapstick comedy, action, martial arts, and death defying stuntwork in his films. This week’s showcase, The Legend of Drunken Master is among his best, and a favorite for many of his fans– this one included.
The story follows Jackie as Wong Fei-Hung, the gifted and michievious son of Dr. Wong Kei-ying, played here by Ti Lung. He and the family’s bumbliing manservant Cho, played by Ram Cheung, get into trouble early on in the film and it follows them back home, where we meet Wong’s stepmother, Ling. Ling is played wonderfully by the late Anita Mui. Equal parts sneaky and charming, she clearly has Wong’s back and it’s fun to watch her and Jackie play off each other at times throughout the film. Great casting. The Legend of Drunken Master has plenty of action. Jackie fights an officer under a train for about five minutes within the first 20 minutes of the film. This fight serves as the perfect prelude to all the action that follows, and Jackie barely uses his Drunken style. Later in the film when he finally does start using it, that’s when you’ll see some truly amazing things happen.
There will be times when I sift through garbage movies for a while before finding one worthy to share with you all. During those times, I’ll think of movies like this to keep hope alive. It was nice watcing this film again after a number of years. Stick around for the outtakes!
Although it released a year later than The Legend of Drunken Master, this is the film that most people seem to mention first if you bring up Jackie Chan. Absolute classic!
Here he plays Keung, a nephew from back home in China, visiting his uncle in the Bronx. Keung’s uncle Bill, played by Bill Tung, has just gotten married and is selling off his gloriously named “Wah Ha” Supermarket before he and his new wife(Carrie Cain-Sparks) go on their honeymoon. The buyer(Anita Mui in another pairing with Jackie), and Keung manage to run afoul of a local gang. From there it’s vintage Jackie Chan. This guy flirts with death several times and each stunt is more memorable than the last.
The fight scenes aren’t as technical as they were in The Legend of Drunken Master as this is more of an action film, but they’re still well choreographed and very exciting.Rumble in the Bronx is more than worth a watch if you haven’t seen it.
As always with Jackie’s films, stay around for the outtakes!
Author’s notes: Dubbing for both these films is pretty bad, but they’re watchable. Some films on Netflix do have alternate audio options but sadly that’s not the case here. Just a heads up.
Jackie broke his right foot doing one of the stunts in Rumble in the Bronx. While filming The Legend of Drunken Master he broke his nose. He’s been injured numerous times during his films over the years.
The Legend of Drunken Master is known as Drunken Master II outside of the United States. It is linked to the 1978 film Drunken Master, which also starred Jackie Chan, playing the same character. That’s another good movie, plenty of action and an even younger Jackie Chan doing more inspirational stuff.
You’ll also see the legendary Sam Seed in that film, an iconic character fans of older martial arts films will know about. If you don’t, go and LEARN about him by watching Drunken Master!