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Drunken Monkey

Hong Kong 2002
produced by
Shaw Brothers
directed by Lau Kar Leung (= Liu Chia-Liang)
starring Lau Kar Leung (= Liu Chia-Liang), Jason Wu Jing, Shannon Yao Yao, Chik Kun Kwan, Chiang Chun Wan, Lau Wing Kin, Gordon Liu Chia-Hui, Li Hai Tao

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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When Man Bill, head of Chun Yuen delivery services, finds out his brother Man Pao, also working for the company, is using the delivery services for some drug smugling on the side, he initially tries to persuade him to give himself up to the police, but  for the sake of Man Pao's family decides to forgive him instead. For Man Pao & his business associate Yu though it soon becomes clear there is another way out of the situation: to kill Bill (sorry). But Man Bill, master of the Monkeyish Fist, is a fierce fighter, & it takes massive manpower to beat him. But while Man Pao & Yu think they finally got rid of him, he is saved by Mandy, who nurses him back to health & becomes his martial arts student. One year later 2 bumbling teenagers - Granduncle, a talented fighter, & Ka Yip, perfect in drawing Kung Fu stances - look for the ultimate master of the Monkeyish fist (which is of course Man Bill) & find Man Bill through Mandy. But the man is reluctant at first & wants to lead a quiet life. It is only when policeman Hung, too, finds Man Bill, & spills the beans to Man Pao & Yu - unaware that they were the ones who wanted to vget rid of him in the first place - that the foundations of this quiet life are shaken & the 2 boys prove a great help when fighting the Chun Yuen delivery services - as does officer Hung who even loses his life when he & Man Bill are saving Mandy who was kidnapped by the villains. In the end though, Granduncle & Ka Yip go to Chun Yuen delivery services on their own, to take revenge, but are rejoined by both Mandy & Man Bill eventually, who finally beat all the bad guys - monkeyfiststyle.


Every movie that claims heavy drinking is a good basis for crimefighting (& there are a few, & with Drunken Master II director Lau Kar Leung, did at least one more of them) deserves at least some respect. Also, the action is first class &  the 1930's backdrop is rather stylish. What pretty much ruins the movie though is the overly clichéd story of the 2 bumbling kids who want to learn Kung Fu & for that reason are dragged into all sorts of troubles, which is here told in a completely unoriginal way, only diverting much attention from the otherwise rather solid gangster-smuggler-plot.


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