9th Old School Kung Fu Fest: World of Drunken Master (1979)

The Old School Kung Fu Fest is back and the Museum of the Moving Image and Subway Cinema will co-present eight newly restored films and one fan favorite classic by Kuo on glorious 35mm. Four titles will be available exclusively online, December 6–13, and another five films for in-person big-screen viewing at MoMI, December 10–12. 

To see any of these shows, visit the Museum of the Moving Image online or Subway Cinema.

At once a prequel and sequel to the movie that made Jackie Chan a star — Drunken Master — this film focuses on Beggar Su (Simon Yuen) and his friend Fan Ta-Pei. It’s like showing up for a Star Wars sequel and having it be all about Han and Chewbacca and man, isn’t that what you really wanted?

Our heroes have been mysteriously asked to meet one another and begin drinking to no surprise and remembering their teenage past together. Despite stealing grapes, they begin to work for a winemaker named Chang Chi who is a secret master of martial arts. They beg him to train them, they both fall for the same woman and their defense of innocents using their new Drunken Boxing abilities leads to the evil Tiger Yeh coming to attack their master. This explains how they drifted apart and why they’ve been brought back together.

Look, it’s no Drunken Master. But hey — the fights are nearly the same. That doesn’t mean that it isn’t entertaining.

If you’re really into movies that cash in on Jackie Chan, I recommend Gold Ninja Video‘s Jackiesploitation blu ray!

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