Monday, November 7, 2011
Dir:Sammo Hung and Woo Ping Yuen (Drunken Master/Dance of the Drunken Mantis/Iron Monkey)
Hung plays a goofball butcher named Wing who immediately gets himself into trouble as he beats an old man who is accused of being a thief, Thing is all he stole was a cheap chess piece after losing a game with a friend.The old man quickly alerts his Master Koi of his attack and puts his own spin on it claiming Wing did it intentionally and also challenged Kao's school of the 8 dragons. Kao upset goes seeking Wing at his school Master Wongs where Wong and Kao exchange words and get into a small fight involving paint brushes and Calligraphy over respect. After the fight Wong is notified of Wing's attack and he is punished for his actions and all is well and good between the two schools.
Like many of these films there is not allot to it on the surface but this film does some things tremendously well. It never takes itself to serious and it mixes elements of comedy in with the action seamlessly.Sammo Hung Plays his character of the gullible Wing perfect and creates a very likable character that you quickly find yourself rooting for.As for the fight sequences you will not find much better in any film as the fights are extremely innovative and entertaining again managing to throw in some comedy spots in as well.Plus Hung's acrobatics lead to some insane moves that not many could pull off. The rest of the cast in the film are also well played as The drunk is hilarious at times but kicks some serious ass when it is needed and Kao's Son Tai is despicable and you really wanna see him get his ass handed to him , which is a good thing for a villain of a film as you should dislike them.There are plenty of Martial Arts films out there that are much heavier on story and have deeper premises than this film but this flick is quite entertaining and that's all I ask for with a film of this genre. The fights are awesome, The characters are likable and the blend of comedy/slapstick and serious nature meshes well enough to be looked at seriously enough. I will be looking at some more serious Martial Arts films as well this month but for a good fun Kung Fu Flick you cannot go wrong with this movie, I definitley recommend this one to fans of the genre and for those of you who have never seen or heard of Sammo Hung this is a good film to introduce yourself to his greatness. I just wish he got more star attention in his prime as he really should be held in the same league as the likes of Jackie Chan and Bruce Lee as Martial Arts Icons.
Overall: 6.5 out of 10