Lau Ka Leung
The dialogue didn’t bother me, being a big fan of Japanese anime, I’m rather used to “loose” translations. If anything, these off the wall prose were quite funny. I laughed my ass off during a death scene (that was supposed to be serious), when Chan and his buddy (all distraught and angry) seem like they’re about to say something meaningful, instead we get this: “What are you thinking?” dude says to Chan. “NOTHING!” he replies. Too much. Chan’s so genuinely adorable that you can’t help but love him anyway, despite some of the shameless lunacy you see taking place from one scene to the next. I’ve always been a fan of Chan’s happy go lucky persona, the man’s as awkwardly funny as he is deadly.
And deadly certainly IS the description of choice, as (like always) Chan does all his own stunts, which make me dizzy with awe at the sheer magnitude of finesse involved. The man’s impressive, a truly gifted martial artist with no shortage of talent. What makes Jackie so unique in my eyes is his insane ability to incorporate any and all of his surroundings into such a fluent fighting style, making the world his own personal weapon. I love that. He takes the theme of this film (drunken boxing) and runs with it, getting loaded on various forms of booze, and even some kind of highly flammable (and no doubt poison) type of fuel. The story, pace and mood are all over the place, but again, when I was shaking my head in confusion there was always a smile on my face.
THE LEGEND OF DRUNKEN MASTER is definitely not for everyone. Like I said when I reviewed THE INGLORIOUS BASTARDS, if you liked this sort of film growing up and have a distinct taste for what this genre has to offer, you’ll enjoy Chan and all his wackiness. But lets be real, a sincere appreciation for this film can only come about if you’re a diehard fan of martial arts. The heroes, villains, situations, story and script are ALL written around the gratuitous, random and sometimes unexplained fighting scenes that make up the better part of the film’s entirety. That said, this isn’t RUSH HOUR or SHANGHAI NOON. Hell, it’s not even THE TUXEDO. This is more like a cheaper, rundown version of RUMBLE IN THE BRONX. Only this time he’s not offering anyone tea.
Sneak Peeks: We get two film trailers (ADVENTURELAND and THE PROPOSAL), a LOST S5 preview, a Miramax films commercial and a Blu-ray commercial.
Extra Tidbit: I always enjoy watching Jackie’s outtakes (there’s a few that roll during the credits here), but the best had to be when he got hit by a helicopter and knocked unconscious for a couple hours while filming SUPERCOP.