Drunken master

Drunken Master is a 1978 Hong Kong martial arts comedy starring Jackie Chan, Simon Yuen Siu-Tin, and Hwang Jang-Lee. The Chinese name of the movie is 醉拳, which means drunken fist.

The lead character in the movie is the mischievous young man Wong Fei-hung (Jackie Chan) who has a neck for getting into trouble. He is trained by the martial arts teacher Beggar So (Yuen Siu-Tin), who is a skilled practicioner of secret martial arts style called The Eight Drunken Immortals.

The movie was a great success in Hong Kong, earning HK$6,763,793 at the Hong Kong box office and becoming the second most watched movie in Hong Kong theaters in 1978.

Drunken Master is an early example of the movie genre “comedic martial arts” for which Jackie Chan would became famous world-wide.

On GameRadar.com’s list of the 25 greatest kung fu movies of all time, Drunken Master sits at spot #3.

Trailer

Cast

Actor Character Info
Jackie ChanWong Fei-hungIn the UK version of the movie, he’s called Freddy Wong.
Yuen Siu-TinBeggar SoIn some versions, he is called Sam Seed.
Hwang Jang LeeThunderleg Yen Tie HsinAlso known as Thunderfoot
Dean ShekProfessor Kai-Hsin 
Lam KauWong Kei-YingKnown as Robert Wong in the UK version.
Fung King-manMr. Lee Man-ho 
Hsu HsiaKing of Bamboo Hsu Ching-tien 
Linda LinWong Fei-hung’s aunt 
Tong JingWong Fei’s cousin 
Yuen Shun-yiChan Kwok-waiIn some versions of the movie, he is called Charlie Wei
Tino WongJerry Lee 
Yuen Woo-PingMan with bucket of greens 

Background

Wong Fei-hung is the name of a Chinese folk hero from the late Qing Dynasty era. He was a martial arts expert, Chinese medicine practicioner and revolutionary.

Beggar So, or rather So Chan, is also a Chinese folkhero. His nickname is So Hut-yee, which means Beggar So. He was one of the Ten Tigers of Canton, a group of ten Chinese martial arts experts from the Guangdong Province who lived around the 19th century BC. They were said to be the best fighters in southern China, and (probably highly embellished) stories about them have been passed down from generation to generation.

Basic info about the movie

Titel醉拳
English titelDrunken Master
CountryHong Kong
LanguageCantonese
Release date5 October, 1978
Lenght1 hour and 50 minutes
Box officeHK$6,763,793

Behind the scenes

DirectorYuen Woo-Ping
ProducerNg See-Yuen
Written bySiao Lung
Ng See-Yuen
Music byChow Fu-liang
CinematographyChang Hui
Edited byPan Hsiung
Distributed bySeasonal Film Corporation

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Starring

Jackie Chan
Yuen Siu-tien
Hwang Jang-lee
Dean Shek

Trivia

  • In his book “I Am Jackie Chan: My Life in Action”, Chan revealed that his brow ridge was seriously injured during the filming of Drunken Master and there was a risk of him losing the eye.
  • The PlayStation Game “Jackie Chan Stuntmaster” includes a bonus level where Chan wears the Drunken Master dress and drinks wine while fighting.