Reviewed by: Allen Wilcox
|Featuring||Jackie Chan, Andy Lau, Anita Mui, Lau Ka Leung, Ti Lung|
|Director||Lau Ka Leung|
|Producer||Barbie Tung, Edward Tang, Eric Tsang|
“The Legend of Drunken Master” starts out a little slow, but it picks steam (pun intended) aboard a train in which Fie-hung and his father travel back to their home in China. Along the way a package entrusted to them by a patient is stolen, and they are thrust into a plot that has espionage, murder, stolen artifacts and a style of fighting called “The Drunken Fighting” (the master is, of course, Jackie Chan’s character who plays it up exceptionally well and in comic style). As a fan of his movies, I have often appreciated his comic timing. His films have never steeped into the film violence of Steven Segal or Chuck Norris.
Chia-Liang Lui’s wonderful and stylish direction only increases with every minute of the film. Jackie Chan’s incredible fighting style is put to great use in “Legend…” with intentionally exaggerated acting, comical characters and sublime plots pulling together to make this an enjoyable film. Antia Mui deserves high praise as Jackie Chan’s stepmother. Going against the typical stepmother relationship, hers is beautiful, cleaver, funny and actually cares for her stepson.
While this movie is entertaining, the viewer must be aware of the dangers of over drinking. This movie presents it in comic overtones, but one must be aware that such actual drinking can cause problems not only in one’s health, but in the areas of relationships. Remember that the first drunk ever recorded in the Bible was the same man who saved the entire human race, Noah. But because of his drunkenness, there was a split in his family. Such vices ultimately lead to pain and/or death in one form or another. Jesus came not only to save us from our sins, but also to heal us of all of our diseases, including alcoholism. The bottle hurts, but the cross heals.
While “The Legend of Drunken Master” is an enjoyable film, it is not for families. Viewer discretion is advised.