Drunken Master (1978)

The Film that Launched Jackie Chan's Career

Drunken Master (1978)

Director: Woo-ping Yuen
Writers: See-Yuen Ng, Woo-ping Yuen
Stars: Jackie Chan, Siu Tien Yuen and Jang Lee Hwang
Rating: R

Wong Fei Hong (Jackie Chan) is sent to train under his uncle, a wine guzzling master famous for crippling his students. Desperate to escape this brutal teacher’s cruel regime, he flees but is confronted, humiliated and beaten senseless by a hired assassin (Hwang Jang lee). Angry, ashamed, hungry for revenge, the wayward Fei Hung returns to his drunken master. This is the second collabration between director Yuen Woo Ping and Jackie Chan was another huge box-office hit, drawing in 8 million HK dollars on its run. Blending intresting martial arts moves with slapstick comedy (Jackie trademark). “Drunken Master” ushered in the new genre of comedy kung fu and estableshed Chan as its uncontested king.

Note: Drunken Master (1978) was the movie that launched Jackie Chan into martial stardom. This was the first film made showcasing drunken kung fu (boxing).

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