The Legend of the Drunken Master (2000)

THE LEGEND OF THE DRUNKEN MASTER, a re-cut release of Jackie Chan's 1994
DRUNKEN MASTER 2, doesn't score too terribly high on the Movie Hell Mar-
tial Arts Meter.  The formula:  (number of breathtaking stunts or fights)
/ (believability of said sequences) - (amount of (wacky dubbing + dumb 
jokes + head-scratching plot points))  In the case of this switched-
suitcase action-comedy, the typically meticulously choreographed fist-
icuffs are (a.) relatively few in number and (b.) filmed using an ob-
viously under-cranked (e.g. speeded-up) camera.  The latter may be 
common practice, mind you, but, here, it's too damn obvious.  Same 
with that thin, rubber-looking sword that Chan fights with near the 
beginning.  Add broad-as-a-barn humor and the worst dubbing *ever* and 
you, too, might ask you for your money back after a mere 45 minutes. 
Maybe it's gets better in the second half...  One question:  is board-
ing a train in peasant China *really* that chaotic?  Or *was*, if this 
a period piece?  Lau Ka Leung directs. Anita Mui, Ti Lung, and Lau Ka 
Leung also appear.  (Rated "R"/87 min.)

Grade: W/O

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