Drunken Master (Jui kuen)
Drunken Master (Jui kuen) (1978)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: October 5, 1978
DVD Release Date: April 2, 2002
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Critic Score: 81% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Christopher Machell

The unparallelled balletic skill of Chan and his co-stars is simply astonishing.

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TV Guide

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.

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Dan Lybarger
Nitrate Online

Chan's breakthrough film is crudely made, but his own charm and athleticism make this worth a look.

Jennie Kermode
Eye for Film

Martial arts genius aside, it's the film's warm-heartedness that has really given it its staying power, charming generation after generation of fans. This is a simple story told well, and it gets results.

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Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette

II was better, but this is great too.

Joey O'Bryan
Austin Chronicle

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.

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Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Alberta)

Worth watching for the slapstick-like kung fu Chan made famous-it's here martial arts kicked back to Chaplin and Keaton, fusing Eastern acrobatic-fighting with those two Western silent-movie master-clowns (there are also echoes of the Three Stooges).

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Mike DeWolfe
Apollo Guide

From the viewpoint of tracking Jackie Chan's career, this movie is a milestone.

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Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 85% Flixster User Reviews
Stella Dallas
it is pretty silly but jackie chan is amazing. love the training sequences and especially the keep-away fight. it's like watching a dance film!
Lanning : )
A hint to some: When you practice standing meditation in qi gong, make sure to drink a small amount of Chinese fermented rice wine before you start. Once you… More
Dan Schultz
A relentlessly silly, ridiculous, familiar martial-arts yarn of a talented young kung fu artist (Jackie Chan) who is trained by an elder master in the correct… More
Cassandra Maples
This for me is Jackie Chan's finest, and is the film which propelled him to super stardom in Hong Kong. Whilst other martial artists were trying to be the… More
danny d
im usually more into the epic or serious kung fu films than the comedies, but jackie chan's kung fu comedies are the cream of the crop and this is easily… More
xGary Xx
The arrogant son of a martial arts master is packed off to study under an aging beggar who needs booze like Popeye needs spinach. Drunken Master was the film… More