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The Legend of Drunken Master

The Legend of Drunken Master

Jackie Chan is the fastest moving guy on the screen.  His athletic skills are not believable, yet he actually performs all his own stunts, along with the other stuntmen who are members of Chan's stuntmen club.

Filmed in Hong Kong and dubbed into English, Drunken Master was made in 1994, but it's only  being given wide release in the United States now, and I enjoyed seeing it.

The rather slim storyline (used mostly to piece together the action) involves Chan trying to prevent a corrupt Ambassador from stealing China's cultural treasurers.

There is a rich sprinkling of humor interspersed with the fighting.  Much of that humor is provided by Chan himself and his mother, a lover of the game of Mah-jong.  Chan's strict father runs a martial arts school, but spends most of his time scowling at his wife and yelling at Chan.

The mother's character is feisty and funny and as the only female in the film, she's a strong addition.  She and Chan team up to hide gambling and messing up from the father.

From the beginning, Chan performs one spectacular feat after another.  He fights under a train on bended knee, moving out of the way of his opponent's body and weapons so quickly we can hardly see him move.

The action builds to a fantastic twenty minute fight scene at the end.  Real life bodyguard, Ken Lo Houi-Kang is the bad guy, and the two have at it with no holds barred.  The WWF has nothing on these two guys.

The final scene takes place in a factory and every facet of the set is used.  The fight is the best action sequence I've seen, and because it is filmed without special effects, it is all the more stunning.

Chan delights the senses with his comedy and martial arts skills.  The combination makes for a wonderfully entertaining and pleasurable outing.

The Legend of Drunken Master

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