Drunken Master II
|Drunken Master II|
Drunken Master II DVD cover
|Directed by||Lau Kar-Leung|
Jackie Chan (uncredited)
|Produced by||Edward Tang|
|Written by||Edward Tang|
|Music by||William Hu|
Cheung Yiu Jo
|Editing by||Peter Cheung|
|Distributed by||Hong Kong:|
|Release date(s)||Hong Kong:|
February 3, 1994
October 20, 2000
|Running time||102 minutes|
|Preceded by||Drunken Master (1978)|
Drunken Master II (traditional Chinese: 醉拳二; Cantonese Yale: Jui Kuen II) is a 1994 Hong Kong kung fu film directed by Lau Kar-Leung and starring Jackie Chan as Chinese folk hero Wong Fei Hung. It was Jackie Chan's first traditional style martial arts film since The Young Master (1980). The film was released in North America as The Legend of Drunken Master in 2000.
The film is a follow-up to Chan's 1978 film Drunken Master, directed by Yuen Woo-ping, but not a direct storyline sequel. Another film, Drunken Master 3 (1994, directed by Lau Kar-Leung) features little in common with either this or its predecessor, and is not considered a sequel.
The story concerns the misadventures of Wong Fei Hung as he accidentally becomes involved with the affairs of the British consul, who are smuggling ancient Chinese artifacts out of the country. Fei Hung battles the henchmen of the consul using the Zui Quan (Drunken Boxing) style of martial arts. Fei Hung finds that he becomes a more powerful fighter when he consumes alcohol, although after consuming too much alcohol, he becomes very sluggish, drunk, and incapable of fighting.
The film ends with a fight between Fei Hung and John (Ken Lo).
Cast and crew
Drunken Master II was nominally presented by Golden Harvest studio founder Leonard Ho.The film was directed by Lau Kar-leung, although Jackie Chan is credited with directing the final fight scene. The villain in the scene is played by Ken Lo, a Jackie Chan Stunt Team member and Chan's former personal bodyguard. The action direction was by Lau Kar-leung in co-operation with the Jackie Chan Stunt Team.
- Jackie Chan - Wong Fei Hong
- Anita Mui - Ling
- Ti Lung - Wong Kei Ying
- Felix Wong - Fishmonger Tsan
- Lau Kar-leung - Fu Wen-Chi
- Hoh Wing Fong - Fun
- Cheung Chi Gwong - Chang Tsan
- Ken Lo - Jon
- Ho Sung Pak - Henry
- Chin Kar Lok - Ho Sang
- Andy Lau - general's son
- Hon Yee Sang - Uncle Ho
- Lau Kar Wing - Fishmonger Tsan's student
- Lau Siu Ming - Mr Chu
- Suki Kwan - Mrs Chu
- Pak Yan - Mrs Chan
- Yvonne Yung Hung - Ling's friend
- Vindy Chan - Ling's friend
- Louis Roth - British Consul
- Mark Houghton - British military officer
- Ho Pak Kwong - Uncle Ho
- Sandy Chan - Lily
- Mark King - Mr Smith
The original region 0 DVD release of Drunken Master II is the only version which is entirely uncut. However the aspect ratio is cropped to 1.78:1 from the original theatrical 2.35:1 aspect ratio.
No DVD has been made available to date that preserves the original aspect ratio and the uncut version of the film with the original Cantonese audio track. The film's purest version can only be found on now out-of-print releases - the Mei Ah VCD and LaserDisc, Tai Seng's VHS (itself a recording of the Mei Ah LaserDisc) and the Australian VHS from Chinatown Video (a sub label of Siren Visual). These prints have "burnt-in" Chinese/English subtitles. An uncut release with good picture quality, the original audio track, and the original aspect ratio is considered a "holy grail" by many Hong Kong cinema fans.
Of all the films in Chan's back-catalogue that received North American theatrical distribution, Drunken Master II was cut the least. A scene in which Wong drunkenly sings at a café was re-cut slightly, making use of a few alternate takes not seen in the original Cantonese version. In addition, a 35 second cut was made to the concluding scene of the film which showed Wong blinded and mentally crippled as a result of drinking industrial alcohol during the film's ultimate fight. Played for laughs, the scene was considered to be in bad taste by the American distributor, Dimension Films.
In addition to the cut, however, there were other significant changes made to the US release including the change of title (to Legend of Drunken Master), an English-language dub (Chan dubbed himself), and a new musical score. The re-dubbed soundtrack also meant that sound effects were different, in some instances completely altering the rhythm of the fight scenes.
The Australian (region 4) and Japanese (region 2) release featured the same cuts and re-scoring as the US release. The region 3 release retained the original music, but the film was cut further.
A Blu-ray version was released on September 15, 2009, in the United States, which features the cut US version.
Critical receptionRoger Ebert, writing in the Chicago Sun-Times, gave the film three-and-a-half stars out of a possible four:
"When I did a seminar at the Hawaii Film Festival several years ago, comparing the physical comedy of Chan and Buster Keaton, martial arts fans brought in their bootleg Hong Kong laser discs of this film and told me that I had to see the final 20-minute fight sequence. They were correct. Coming at the end of a film filled with jaw-dropping action scenes, this extended virtuoso effort sets some kind of benchmark: It may not be possible to film a better fight scene.".In Entertainment Weekly, Lisa Schwarzbaum gave the film an A- grade and wrote:
"A half dozen years after its Asian release, and over two decades after the original Drunken Master made Jackie Chan a star in Hong Kong, The Legend of Drunken Master may be the most kick-ass demonstration yet, for the majority of American moviegoers, of what the fuss is all about: To many aficionados (who know the video as Drunken Master II), this 1994 favorite, remastered and dubbed in "classic" bad Chinese-accented English, showcases Chan in his impish glory, dazzling in his ability to make serious, complicated fighting look like devil-may-care fun."TIME Magazine listed Drunken Master II as one of the "All-TIME" best 100 films as chosen by TIME's movie critics Richard Corliss and Richard Schickel:
"The most important and entertaining star of east Asian cinema, Jackie Chan survived a boyhood in a punishing Peking Opera School, and his early screen days as "the next Bruce Lee" to create his own genre of martial-arts comedies [..] Jackie starred in, and directed, many wonderful action films in his pre-Hollywood days. This one can stand at the peak".James Berardinelli was one of the less fervent reviewers:
"The Legend of Drunken Master is pretty typical Hong Kong Chan fare - five superior action sequences with a lot of failed comedy and mindless drivel padding out the running length. Most of the expository and character-building scenes fall into one of three categories: (1) inane, (2) incomprehensible, or (3) dull. The tone is also wildly inconsistent. Some sequences are laced with slapstick comedy while others are acutely uncomfortable as a result of torture and the nearly-abusive disciplining of a grown child by a parent. (Differences in culture make the latter seem more incongruous to American viewers than to Chinese movie-goers.) So it's up to the action to redeem the film - a feat it succeeds at, at least to a point."
1. The Drunken Master (sung by Jackie Chan & other artists) (03:09)
2. Provocation (02:12)
3. Circled On All Side (02:13)
4. Conspiracy (01:39)
5. Stealing The Jade Seal (00:34)
6. The First Fight (02:22)
7. Bayonet (01:08)
8. To Try Out (01:21)
9. The Car Chase (00:50)
10. Searching (01:22)
11. Wonderful Moment (01:25)
12. Not Thinking Others (04:22)(sung by unknown artist)
13. Free (01:29)
14. Mistake (01:27)
15. Mother And Son (01:35)
16. The Wild Strong Man (01:45)
17. Ending Love (sung by unknown artist) (04:22)
18. Gathering Of City (01:35)
19. The Discussion (01:09)
20. The Robbery Of Country's Fortune (00:56)
21. The Hidden Wiseman (01:10)
22. Marching Forward (01:12)
23. Real Dragon Does Not Belong To Small Pond (02:59)
24. Play Around (01:04)
25. Fan Hon's Lesson (02:07)
26. Public Insult (01:16)
27. Regret (01:49)
28. A Drunken Journey (01:20)
29. The Hand-To-Hand Combat (02:02)
30. To Come On Proudly (02:48)
31. The Drunken Master (sung by Jackie Chan & other artists) (03:06)
Drunken Master II was a notable success in Hong Kong, grossing HK$40,971,484 during its theatrical run. The success was somewhat surprising, considering reports of tension on the set between Chan and Lau Kar Leung, and that the 90s vogue for kung fu films had more or less passed.
Six years later, Drunken Master II was released in 1,345 North American theaters as The Legend of Drunken Master. This re-edited version made US$3,845,278 ($2,865 per screen) in its opening weekend, on its way to a US$11,555,430 total.
Awards and nominations
(Tied with Perfect Blue (1998)
- 1995 Hong Kong Film Awards
- Winner: Best Action Choreography (Chia-Liang Liu)
- Nomination: Best Film Editing (Peter Cheung)
- ↑ Lin, Stephen. "Drunken Master 2 vs. Legend of Drunken Master". newmoanyeah. http://www.newmoanyeah.com/2002-reviews/021102_dm2_vs_legend.php.
- ↑ Ebert, Robert. "Reviews: The Legend of Drunken Master". rogerebert.com. http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20001020/REVIEWS/10200305/1023.
- ↑ Schwarzbaum, Lisa. "Movie Review: The Legend of Drunken Master". Entertainment Weekly. http://www.ew.com/ew/article/review/movie/0,6115,278367_1_0_,00.html.
- ↑ "ALL-TIME 100 movies: Drunken Master II". TIME. http://www.time.com/time/2005/100movies/0,23220,drunken_master_ii,00.html.
- ↑ Berardinelli, James. "Review: Legend of Drunken Master". ReelViews. http://www.reelviews.net/movies/l/legend_drunken.html.
- ↑ "Drunken Master II (1994))". Hong Kong Movie Database. http://hkmdb.com/db/movies/view.mhtml?id=7798&display_set=big5. Retrieved 28 August, 2009.
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