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Drunken Master II (1994) Drunken Master II

Drunken Master II Director: Lui Chia Liang, Jackie Chan
Starring: Jackie Chan, Ti Lung, Anita Mui

Tagline: BBQ Jackie Chan

This story begins with Wong Fei Hung (Jackie) trying to help his father with his medical practice by sneaking Ginseng past the soldiers (and thus avoiding paying the duty) at a crowded railway station. The thing is though, he loses the Ginseng and ends up in a fight with a mysterious stranger only just making it back to the train when it is leaving.

Back home a customer comes to get his Ginseng and his mother (Anita Mui) covers for him and comes up with a substitute. Later on, while trying to make some money to buy some real Ginseng, his mum is accosted by some dodgy blokes and he ends up demonstrating 'Drunken Boxing' to the crowd.

Everyone in the town seems to be pleased, but his dad is really pissed off and kicks him out of the house, also the dodgy dudes (who also own the steel mill), come back and kick the crap out of him.

After being found hanging naked from a pole wearing only a banner (and recuperating for a bit) the bloke he fought at the start comes to his house asking about The Emperor's Jade Seal that he found on the train, after this they go to a tea house to discuss matters, but a few hundred uninvited guests interrupt them...

The thing that stands out about this movie are the excellent action sequences. Despite the disagreements Jackie Chan was meant to have had with the director, it doesn't show up on the screen. The co-director also participates in some of the kung fu action scenes such as the pole fight under the train.

It would be fair to say that this movie contains some of my favourite kung fu action scenes from any movie. The one that stands out the most is the attack by the axe gang at the café. It seems like there are hundreds of people involved and there is some really great by those involved.

As you would expect, the other big action scene is the final battle in the steel mill. You can see how much effort went into it and it shows in the quality of the action. I like how Jackie's character helps out a fallen foe by putting out the flames on him (while he is still being attacked) and also when he deliberately smashes stuff to make himself more enraged after the drinking the industrial alcohol.

The other action scenes are also excellent including when Jackie and his friend break into the British embassy and the first drunken boxing scene.

Some people think Anita Mui's performance in this movie is really annoying. I didn't notice it that much as the humour she brings to the role is ads to the action.

This movie comes highly recommended even if you are not a Jackie Chan fan. If you are a fan of the Once Upon a Time in China series and want to see a different take on the character of Wong Fei Hong then I also recommend this movie.

Rating: 10/10

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