Drunken Master (Jui kuen)
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One of the earliest major films starring Jackie Chan, this 1978 Hong Kong offering highlights the relationship between a student and his martial arts master. This theme would dominate the American martial arts genre for years to come, as evidenced by The Karate Kid and many films to follow. Wong Fei-hong, played by Chan, is a 19th-century folk hero in Chinese culture and cinema, a kung fu master who fights injustice in the time of British colonialism. This character would later be portrayed by Jet Li in the more serious Once Upon a Time in China. Drunken Master finds Wong in his early years as… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 77%

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"It's an undisguised star vehicle for the likeable Chan and his incredible acrobatic skills, and even viewers who couldn't care less about which fighting style the combatants are using will enjoy watching him be put through his paces."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Chan's breakthrough film is crudely made, but his own charm and athleticism make this worth a look."
‑ Dan Lybarger, Nitrate Online
"II was better, but this is great too."
‑ Eric Lurio, Greenwich Village Gazette
"Not unlike the silent films of Chaplin, Keaton, and Lloyd, or for that matter, the best pictures of Hong Kong's Seventies kung fu films, the genius of Drunken Master lies in its kinetics. Pure entertainment, and a true chop-socky classic."
‑ Joey O'Bryan, Austin Chronicle
"From the viewpoint of tracking Jackie Chan's career, this movie is a milestone."
‑ Mike DeWolfe, Apollo Guide
"This is the film where Chan's confidence in his unique mix of comedy and martial arts, his gracefully choreographed slapstick-kung fu fighting style and natural athleticism, really began to blossom."
‑ Chris Hicks, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
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