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Drunken Master [DVD]

Jackie Chan , Yuen Siu Tien , Yuen Woo Ping    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Jackie Chan, Yuen Siu Tien, Hwang Jang Lee, Hsu Hsia, Bolo Leung
  • Directors: Yuen Woo Ping
  • Producers: Ng See-Yuan
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: UCA
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Jun 2011
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004Q8GY8Y
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 49,908 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Seminal martial arts movie which capitalised on Jackie Chan's overnight success in 'Snake In the Eagle's Shadow' and firmly heralded the arrival of a new genre, comedy-kung fu. Chan apparently contributed re-writes to much of the film, notably the hilarious climatic 'Eight Drunken Fairies' fight sequence. Wong Fei Hung (Chan) is sent to train under his Uncle, a wine-guzzling master famous for crippling his students. Desperate to escape this brutal teacher's regime Fei Hung runs away but is confronted and beaten senseless by a hired assassin (Hwang Jang Lee). Angry and ashamed Fei Hung is forced to return to his drunken master.


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 moves are 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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
The much-imitated Drunken Master confirmed Jackie Chan newfound stardom after his breakthrough film Snake in the Eagle's Shadow when Hong Kong producers stopped trying to turn him into just another action hero in the Bruce Lee-wannabe mold and finally realised that his unique selling point was the combination of physical comedy with action. The plot's pretty basic - Chan's undisciplined young future folk hero Wong Fei-Hung has to learn `Drunken' kung fu to take on a killer - but it's just there to provide enough of a excuse to allow a comic action scene every reel or so, most of them wonderfully ingeniously choreographed and just great fun. It's not a deep film or a deathless masterpiece, even though it is almost perfectly directed by Yuen Woo-Ping: it's just a pure entertainment that manages to be purely entertaining in the very best way.

Sony's release doesn't have the plethora of extras from Hong Kong Legends' original UK released, but unlike that version is in the right widescreen ratio - 2.35:1 instead of HKL's 1.85:1. The opening fight is still cut due to negative damage and parts of the original Cantonese soundtrack are missing (replaced by the odd bit of English), but the film really benefits from being seen in the right ratio, showing off the stunts much more comfortably. The only real extra is a commentary from Ric Mayers and Jeff Yang carried over from Sony's Region 4 Astralian disc (which also included the similarly entertaining Snake in the Eagle's Shadow), but it's still the best version of the film itself available to date.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Only one gripe! 10 Oct 2001
By A Customer
In the main, this DVD is great and deserves its 4 stars. The audio and video quality and story (a Jackie Chan classic!) are all superb. Love all the extra bonus material provided as well. However, only one gripe and this made me delete a star. The audio English dubbed version is awful. The person dubbing Jackie is particularly bad and hard to understand in some instances and some of the other characters are dubbed with bad English trying to be Chinese accents. The Mandarin version with English subtitles is preferable on the disk, even though it is not Jackie. The Snake in Eagles Shadow DVD by the same company with its English dubbed version was much better.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jackie Chan at his best unbeatable physical action 11 April 2000
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Years before the likes of 'Rumble in the Bronx' and 'Who Am I?' ect... jackie chan was not only the greatest action star alive who performs all his own suicidle stunts but also the greater Kung Fu star since the days of Bruce Lee.'DRUNKEN MASTER' set new standards for the new kung fu genre is no longer the narrativer structure of a master out for revenge but now a slapstick comedy approach which chan pulls off with incredible genies and talent.His physical skills are unparrelleled any were in the world . It is 114 minutes of pure laughter and entertainment this is with out doubt a true gem and a performance from jackie chan to be treasured for ever , forget 'Rush Hour' this film is the true Jackie Chan. DRUNKEN MASTER has been much imitated but never equalled. (widescreen)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Jackie and Yuen Woo-Ping magic 21 Oct 2005
By Kieran
What can I say about Drunken Master? Well it is directed by Yuen Woo-Ping (Iron Monkey and Magificent Butcher) who has been influenced by his dad Yuen Sui Tein (who also stars as the Drunken Master) who use to take him to set of films which is where he gained all his film making knowledge. Yuen Woo-Ping directed Jackie Chan in Snake in the Eagles Shadow which is the film that made Jackie Chan the star he is today, so if you enjoyed Snake you will enjoy this. Drunken Master delivers on all levels for fight fans and Jackie fans as in action/comedy
It is pretty much the same cast from Snake Jackie Chan, Yuen Sui Tein and Hwang Jang lee, Hong Kong Action cinema fans will notice the supporting actors as they appear in so many other HK action films for example long time Bruce Lee friend Wa Mah Ching who stars in Fist of Fury as a japanese fighter with Bruce and also appears in tons of Sammo Hung films such as Spooky Encounters, The Prodigal Son and Heart of the Dragon.
Sorry for rabbiting on but the others reviews just tell you about how good Drunken Master is and they are all right buy this DVD. Apart from the film the DVD has a good number of extras but sadly no commentry from Bey Logan.
Just to add I love the Wong Fei Hung theme tune which you can hear in so many films and features in Drunken Master during the training scenes.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
I have seen this film (which is probably the Greatest martial arts film ever) a billion times.
I recently decided to buy it on DVD as i have only ever owned it on VHS.
I found 3 very major flaws with this release.
a. The original english dubbing has been re-dubbed and some of the characters renamed. Where has Sam Seed gone?
b. To try and make the voices look more like the movement of the mouth (something that should never be done to a Kung Fu Film) they have changed parts of the script and tried to be too clever with extended phrases and speeches, losing a lot of the humour this movie is renound for.
c. Jackie Chan now has an English Accent (Honestly).
I have decided to replace my worn out VHS version with another VHS version, and am praying that thay have not done to the VHS, what they have done to the DVD.
I can see the reason for them doing this, but for the nearly £20 I payed for it, surley they should have the original english dubbing on the disc as an option, along with the new dubbing and of course the original version in Mandarin.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kung fu classic
Dvd film classic, brilliant film to watch, l recommend this dvd to anyone.
Published 1 month ago by les robinson
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Love it
Published 2 months ago by Futoshi Kurimoto
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing and childish.
This was a real disappointment. The comedy (?) scenes were childish, the fights were well staged but seemed to be happening every five minutes. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mr. P. L. Birkin
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best martial arts films ever made.
This version released by Front Row Features has the original English dub on it, unfortunately the picture quality is poor in which it looks like it has been taken from a poor VHS... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Fistful0fMetal
5.0 out of 5 stars Go Jackie!
Good film. An old favourite of mine. Love Jackie chan. Always loved jackies humour. Worth the but and quality is good.
Published 5 months ago by Unknown
5.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining
A great full on action movie really good to watch really entertaining right stunts can't fault it. My boy loved it
Published 6 months ago by Kevin
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring, dated, badly dubbed, waste of time.
I was very disappointed in this film based on Amazon reviews. The action sequences are rubbish, that athletic dancing around / slapping type stuff. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Kim Fowley
5.0 out of 5 stars Greatest Kung Fu movie ever
In the classic days of Kung Fu movies came this absolute gem which really started off Jackie Chan's career. Great mix of action and comedy. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Carl Swain
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Absolutely great! So funny... laughed really hard! Would recommend this for anyone to watch. Quite exadurated but really really good!
Published 19 months ago by Martynas
5.0 out of 5 stars Iconic martial arts
An early Jackie Chan film and one of his best, comedic kung fu which was the mainstay of all of Jackies early films, only surpassed by the legendary - Snake in Eagles Shadow.
Published 19 months ago by Paul Garbutt
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