Drunken Master

Lynn’s Druthers Marathon, part 17

Title: Jui kuen
Year: 1978
Length: 111 minutes
Director: Woo-ping Yuen
Writers: Lung Hsiao, See-Yuen Ng, Woo-ping Yuen
Starring: Jackie Chan, Siu Tien Yuen, Jang Lee Hwang
Music: Fu Liang Chou
I saw it: on video (rented from Netflix), yesterday
Synopsis: a guy’s father forces him to train with a master of drunken kung fu

My reaction
Concept:1/4 (Bad)
Story:0/4 (Terrible) As my wife points out, their writing sessions almost certainly involved a dart board.
Characters:1/4 (Bad) Some huge missed opportunities.
Dialog:3/4 (Good) Several bonus points for having entered the phrase “go clean a shit” into my vocabulary.
Pacing:1/4 (Bad)
Cinematography:2/4 (Indifferent)
Special effects/design:0/4 (Terrible) The majority of the sound effects are someone blowing into a microphone.
Acting:1/4 (Bad)
Music:1/4 (Bad) Although, the terrible sound recording/mixing makes it sound pretty cool.
Subjective Rating: 3/10 (Bad, 1/4 (Bad)). I guess it’s a comedy? I don’t even know which parts are supposed to be funny, and which are just bad.  The only aspect of the movie that isn’t complete crap are the (very physically impressive) dance scenes. Sadly, they are not meant to be dance scenes. They are meant to be fight scenes. Action fail.
Objective Rating (Average):1.1/4 (Bad)


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