Jackie Chan

'Drunken Master,' a slapstick, absurdist fight flick that is also, in its own weird way, a tribute to and rumination on drinking

'Drunken Master,' a slapstick, absurdist fight flick that is also, in its own weird way, a tribute to and rumination on drinking

If Jerry Lewis and Ernest Hemingway got together and penned a kung-fu picture, it would be probably be a bit like 1978's Jackie Chan career-maker "Drunken Master," an absurdist, slapstick fight flick about fragile masculinity that is also, in its own weird way, a tribute to and rumination on drinking too much. Such dialogue as "All our brave drinkers shall never die" and "don't be fooled by a man staggering around" are paeans to being boozy, the type of half-hearted aphorism you might read carved into a piece of wood hanging above some sentimental drinker's bar. And then there is the alcohol-makes-you-stronger plot itself: Chan is Wong...

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