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The Legend of Drunken Master



One of Jackie Chan's best, but not for everyone.

What parents need to know


Lots of acrobatic fights and cartoon-style violence -- some bloody but not too scary.


Mild reference to pregnancy.


Several four-letter words.

Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Comic drunkenness, character has hangover.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the movie features non-stop fighting, mostly of the cartoon variety. One important character is killed, but most of the time the characters are unhurt or, if they are hurt, the wounds disappear before the next scene. There are are few uses of "s--t" and other profanities. Some parents will be concerned about "drunken boxing," in which liquor affects Fei-Hong the way spinach affects Popeye. As Fei-Hong's father tells him, though, "A boat can float in water -- and sink in it." And when Fei-Hong overdoes the liquor, he is very sorry. Fei-Hong's father beats him and disowns him, but later takes him back with love and pride. Fei-Hong has a warm relationship with his young and beautiful stepmother, but she is very manipulative, faking crying to get her way.

What's the story?

THE LEGEND OF THE DRUNKEN MASTER is a sequel to the movie that made Jackie Chan an international star. Though it was made 15 years later than the first, it takes place immediately after the first, set in turn-of-the-century China. Wong Fei-Hong (Chan) is the son of a distinguished and wealthy doctor. As they board a crowded train following the purchase of herbs, Fei-Hong hides the container of ginseng in another man's luggage, to avoid paying duty. Fei-Hong's package is exchanged for one containing a valuable antique box. This leads to the discovery that many antiquities are being smuggled out of the country. Fei-Hong is a specialist in "drunken boxing" (using liquor to "make the body looser and its pain threshhold higher"), and he uses his fighting skill to take on the bad guys.

Is it any good?


One of Jackie Chan's best Chinese films is being re-released in a dubbed version with a new score; the fight scenes are sensational, and Chan is the most agile and acrobatic screen fighter ever. His split-second timing, imagination, utter fearlessness, and sense of humor produce mesmerizing action sequences. An early fight in a confined space beneath a train car is extraordinary, and the 20-minute final fight sequence is stunning. In this movie, even the housemaid and stepmother are kick-boxers, all the furniture seems made of balsa wood, and gangs of ax-wielding marauders can be vanquished by three or four heroes.

Fans of Chan's American films may need to make some cultural adjustments to enjoy this movie. Although the new score and dubbed dialogue are attempts to make the movie more accessible to an American audience (one character even uses a Yiddishism to scoff at a plant: "Rootabega, shmootabega!"), some of the conventions and behavior may seem exaggerated and strange. The tone may also seem uneven, with slapstick one moment, a parent beating a child in the next, and a sad death later on. Parents may want to provide some political and cultural context to help kids understand the depiction of oppressed factory workers and the choice of the English ambassador and factory owner as the bad guy. (Interestingly, the Chinese actor portraying a bad guy is dubbed with an English accent as well!) The three stars are for those who care about what happens between fight scenes. For those who don't care, it gets 4 1/2 stars.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how this movie compares with other Jackie Chan movies.

Movie details

Theatrical release date:October 20, 2000
DVD/Streaming release date:March 13, 2001
Cast:Anita Mui, Jackie Chan, Lung Ti
Director:Chia-Liang Liu
Topics:Sports and martial arts
Run time:102 minutes
MPAA rating:R
MPAA explanation:violent content

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Teen, 13 years old Written byperfectionist January 11, 2010

This is my favorite Jackie Chan movie

I usually can't stand Asian movies (no offense) but I thought this movie was awesome! It's really funny and cool.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Adult Written by4Spice October 24, 2009

good fighting 12 and over

great fighting movie 12 ad over
Teen, 17 years old Written byoctober1985 July 24, 2009
One of the few R-rated Chan films. There's martial arts violence, but I dont remember anything TOO objectional


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