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Retro Review: DRUNKEN MASTER (1978)

Drunken Master

An essential kung fu classic for every HK fan’s movie library, Drunken Master is a film that not only gave a comedic twist to the Wong Fei-Hong legend, but allowed Jackie Chan the chance to hone his kung fu/comedy shtick. Just as Evil Dead 2 can be called both a sequel and a remake of the earlier Sam Raimi flick The Evil Dead, so too can Drunken Master be viewed as a “re-imagining” of its immediate predecessor, Snake in the Eagle’s Shadow, a film released only months before with practically the same cast, crew, and storyline. But make no mistake: Drunken Master isn’t some quickie rehash. Instead, the film takes the best elements from Snake to craft not just an excellent kung fu comedy, but a landmark film in the Jackie Chan canon.

You can read my LoveHKFilm.com review here, and watch the entire movie for free at Crackle. And just for kicks, check out the high quality vintage trailer of the film that I’ve embedded below. With its old school kung fu action, rousing Wong Fei-Hung theme song, bad English dubbing & voiceover narration, and some questionable title cards (”Soothing and Hilarious!), this trailer is guaranteed to brighten your day.

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