Drunken Masteris 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.
My Verdict: A classic Jackie Chan film, brilliant action with intricate choreography any kung fu movie or Jackie fan should have this in there collection. Shame there isnt a perfect version out there yet with English Subtitles.
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USA REGION 1 DVD NTSC
This dvd has a good anamorphic picture, is uncut, but the sound has problems. The Cantonese track is incomplete so when these sections appear the English dub is used. Original mono sound in Cantonese or English dub. English subtitles.
Now OOP this was the first release in the UK. The picture was cropped to 1:85-1 and the language options were Mandarin and English dub, no original Cantonese. English subtitles. Extra's: Kicking With Huang Cheng Lee, Deleted Scene.
This release has a great remastered picture but is cut in a few places. All the sections with missing Cantonese dialog have been cut and listed as deleted scenes. Mandarin also with English / Chinese subtitles.
Anamorphic widescreen, Original mono in Cantonese, French or German dubbed. English, French, German subtitles. Extra: Audio commentary by Rik Meyers and Jeff Yang (subbed in German). Apparently the same audio problems with Cantonese track.
Anamorphic widescreen picture with complete Cantonese audio track (Dolby Digital 2.0 mono ). French subtitles only, no English. No extras. Only available in a box set which includes Dreadnaught and Magnificent butcher.