Blu-Ray. As a dilettante, I've always thought that if you like the martial arts genre, you've got only two options: aesthetically pleasing productions like Wang Zhimou's films or B movies intended for the late Bruce Lee fans with lots of fights and idiotic screenplays. I know more now. There's also the Jackie Chan way. Masterpiece.
Although plot elements are slow, the characters, comedy and action all take a front seat. Seeing this, it's no wonder why Jackie Chan became the star he is.The restaurant chef Gorilla made me laugh out loud, and I was wowed by the fight choreography every time. A lot of this went over my head as a kid, I'm glad I gave it more time.
I was underwhelmed by this highly rated Kung Fu comedy. Jackie Chan's nimbleness is extraordinary and most of the comedy elements work well enough, but the repetitiveness of the choreography threatened to lull me to sleep. The story is no more than an excuse to have nondescript characters face off against one another; predictable throughout and choc-full of elementary level dialogue. The 1994 sequel is superior.
This movie is like a porno: the tiny bits of plot limp along between the stuff you really came to see, and the different character interactions are just excuses to see varieties of people get it on with each other. Add the scratchy celluloid, warped sound & vulgarity, DRUNKEN MASTER beams you to the sticky back row of a 70s grindhouse. Of course, it also helps that the fight scenes are balletic, surreal high art.