Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Shaolin Drunken Fight|
Actors: Lau Chan, Unicorn Chan, Cheng Chiang, Jeong-suk Guk, Chiu-sing Hau
Director: Man Po Tao
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House
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"You lousy idiots. Your Japanese martial arts and ninja tec
morgoth | omaha, NE | 02/12/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This is your basic story of a young man's family being killed and going to Shaolin to learn kung fu so that he can take revenge. The Shaolin monks rename him Wu Yen. It is a very low budget production. Characters show up only as plot devices that don't make much sense, the story is badly done, and the kung fu is mainly very unsophisticated. All of the fights at the beginning of the movie are very choppy and all involve swords. Some of the worst swordwork I have seen in a decent movie. Watching the monks train is a definite highlight and 40 minutes in there is finally some good hand to hand when a masked man shows up. It turns out to be Wu Yen's master and the plot is seriously as mindless as it gets. Ninjas show up and this means more bad weapon fights. Also expect all types of ninja tricks such as disappearing into thin air. If you are a lover of bad movies you will enjoy this no doubt. The corny dialogue is pretty funny a few times and there is a really weird part where 2 guys are fighting and their hands hit together and while they are trying to show their strength, their hands start smoking. Anybody know what happened in that scene? Wu Yen is good in every fight he is in but is the only above average performer. The villian is a large man but doesn't have very good screen presence. He does do decent fist and weapon work. The lack of fights is not the problem in this movie. It is the lack of good fights that make this movie tough to watch at times. The last 20 minutes is non-stop kung fu and carries right into the finale with the villian. This is a good 2-on-1 fight with decent use of a rope dart and poles. The last 5 minutes of the fight go back to hand to hand action before the drunken pole comes out and I found it very satisfying.
There are no recognizeable actors except for Chan Lau and Wu Yen's Shaolin monk teacher who you may recognize from 'The Fist, the Kicks, and the Evils' and 'Shaolin Disciple'. The monk is not a good fighter but he is not bad at acrobatics and his drunken pole technique is sort of fun. Chan Lau doesn't even get to do any comedy and he is mainly just running around as the main henchman.
This is a bad kung fu movie but mildy enjoyable if you are a hardcore fan. 2.5/5
The DVD from Groundzero's Eastern Heroes line is full screened and has bad picture quality but it is still more than watchable. The English dubbing is very bad and doesn't seem to go along with what is actually being spoken very much but it is not a very good movie to begin with anyway. There are 5 bonus fights on the disc that are good but have very bad pictrue quality. You can only see maybe half of what is happening in '7 Commandments of Kung Fu'. I don't think I will be buying the Eastern Heroes version of that.
Old "Skool" Kung Fu!!
M. Beckford | Toronto Canada | 06/10/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"The copy I have was released by Eastern Heros, and it's very clear, the dvd transfer is really good. I have reservations when people come on Amazon to preview a flick, and score it simply on the picture, and or the dvd transfer,,,,,that is such a dis-service to the flcik itself. IF YOU HAVE A PERSONAL BIAS TOWARDS A CERTAIN COMPANY, THIS IS NOT THE PLACE FOR IT. This is about reviewing movies based on 4 elements: The story (PLot), the cororgraphy/ Cinematography, The Quality and the overall production of the flick. Accordingly,,there are people out there who actually read these reviews before going out to buy a movie!
This is actually a decent flick, certainly would not have make my top 10,,,but the drunken fights and training literally sold the movie for me!!!"