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Drunken Master

Probably the first kung-fu movie I have watched as a child, I might have been 8 or 9 years old. This is actually, a kung-fun comedy, which makes it even more note-worthy. One of the better films of Jackie Chan from his earlier years but if you ask me all of his best films come from the 70’s and 80’s. Drunken Master (1978) was a break-through film for Jackie Chan that kicked-off his career as a star in Hong Kong action flicks. The film is about a disobedient youngster (Jackie) who likes to goof around with his friends, but when one day his bad behavior spirals out of control, his father decides to send for a well-known kung-fu master who is notorious for his wine drinking and tough discipline. Soon after, Jackie’s character learns kung-fu fighting while under the influence :)Anyone who is into martial-arts needs to watch this classic. .. Check it out!

Drunken Master is a 1978 Hong Kong martial arts film directed by Yuen Woo-ping, and starring Jackie Chan, Yuen Siu-tien, and Hwang Jang Lee. The film was a success at the Hong Kong box office, earning two and a half times the amount of Chan’s previous film, Snake in the Eagle’s Shadow, which was also considered a successful film.[1][2] It is an early example of the comedic kung fu genre for which Jackie Chan became famous. The film popularised the Zui Quan (, “drunken fist”) fighting style. Ranked number 3 on totalfilm.com’s 50 greatest kung fu movies of all time.

 

 

 

Drunken Master Review

 

The three stars are not a commentary on the film (which is excellent) but rather the Blu-ray disc itself. For your audio options you have the English dub or. .. the English dub with the occasional Cantonese track coming in and out. For whatever reason, you can’t listen to this film in its original language in its entirety. Unacceptable. The captions are also dubtitles, so you can’t even have the benefit of experiencing the original language in *any* context. I can’t speak to how loyal the English dub is to the original script, but the voice work is entertaining enough that I can enjoy the film without much in the way of cringing. For some reason, the release sold here is Region 2. I was concerned that it wouldn’t play, but the movie works fine on a Region 1 Blu-Ray player. The special features, however, do *not*. Any attempt to access them just brings you to a black screen. Overall, this Blu-ray release is massively disappointing. Buy this only if you’re content to watch the movie dubbed and without special features. -Read Reviews-

I am so upset. I purposely bought this version so I did NOT have to have the English Dubbed version only. Like one of the other reviewers stated if you choose Cantonese language with English Subs, it will change back and forth between English Dubbed and Cantonese at random. I personally can’t stand Chinese movies dubbed even though that’s how I grew up with them. If you are looking for the Dubbed version this is the copy for you otherwise buyer beware. Amazon did give me a refund because it was fulfilled by them through another seller, but I don’t want the money I wanted the correct film. It’s also telling that they told me NOT to return the DVD!! they are just giving a refund. Anyone want a free movie!!??Buyer Beware!WOW, I just looked at Wikipedia and this Columbia released version is KNOWN to have the audio skip back and forth. This is DEFINITELY something Amazon should let people know up front. No wonder they didn’t want the DVD back!!

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