I watched the original Drunken Master a little over a year ago, and found it reasonably amusing, if not a film that actually sticks with me all that much. So when I had the opportunity to watch Jackie Chan reprise his role as Wong Fei-Hung in 1994′s The Legend of the Drunken Master (originally released in Hong Kong as Drunken Master II), I thought I would see what impact the actor’s increased experience had.
The film was directed primarily by Chia-Liang Liu, but IMDb indicates that Chan himself took over in the end, due to conflicts with the director. Among these conflicts was a desire on the part of the director that Chan use the Huen-Gar style of fighting instead of drunken boxing, which puts me firmly in Chan’s camp on this and makes me wonder precisely what movie Chia-Liang Liu thought he was making. Continue reading