Fortunately, this and the movie's other extremely frequent combat sequences are among the best I have seen in any kung fu film. Several are surprisingly humorous, others are exhilarating, and still others are graceful and balletic. The fighting techniques taught by Su Hua-Chi, which, he says, are best performed while inebriated, are not only strange and funny, but they are also surprisingly well realized, genuinely interesting, and are suffused with a potent legendary feel. The other fighting techniques featured in the movie are skilfully presented as well, and all imbue Drunken Master with a wonderful excitement.
What is more, both of the leads acquit themselves well. Siu Tien Yuen is consistently amusing as the staggering, inebriated, red nosed Su Hua-Chi, and Jackie Chan, despite his portraying a selfish, irresponsible rogue, is as likeable as he always is. Both demonstrate far greater acting skills than do most of the other players. A number of the performances in the movie are, in fact, absolutely dreadful.
Virtually plotless, often poorly acted, and somewhat ineptly filmed, Drunken Master is, nevertheless, thanks to its various odd elements and constant and exciting action sequences, a fun and appealing movie.
Review by Keith Allen
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