Drunken Master is a film that, following Snake in the Eagle’s Shadow (1978) (made with the same ensemble cast and director Yuen Woo Ping), consolidated Jackie Chan’s position as the new Hong Kong kung fu action star of the late 1970s. Set in the late 19th century, Chan plays the great Chinese hero Wong Fei Hung as a loveable young rogue who is always getting into fights or embarrassing his family. Eventually, his father decides the only way to make a man of Chan is to send him for training with an old drunken drifter played by Yuen Siu Tien. Just as they did in Snake in the Eagle’s Shadow, the pair make a fine double-act, though this time there is much surreal entertainment to be had from the older man teaching the younger the fine art of drunken kung fu.
Best Versions: The new Blu Ray / DVD Combo from Eureka in the UK is the best version as it has the complete Cantonese soundtrack and remastered. The French DVD also has the full Cantonese but is out of print. All other versions have an incomplete soundtrack for Cantonese.