From a land where honor and tradition reign, comes the legend of a martial-arts hero unlike any other — the “Drunken Master” — who can turn just one drink into devastation and humiliation for his enemies. His technique is fast, furious… and powerfully funny.
In 1994, martial arts superstar Jackie Chan returned to movie screens, reprising one of his greatest roles in this action-comedy sequel to the 1978 Hong Kong blockbuster DRUNKEN MASTER. Chan stars as Wong Fei Hong, a young master of the martial art of “drunken boxing,” in which fighters use alcohol to blind themselves to pain and release the angry brawler within – with the right amount of drinks under his belt, Hong can become a furious one-man army. Hong accompanies his father (Ti Lung) on a voyage to China, where they purchase a precious supply of ginseng. When Hong discovers thugs stealing from their luggage, he leaps into action to get their belongings back. Instead, he winds up with a box of valuable Chinese artifacts, which criminals are hoping to smuggle to England at a tremendous profit. Hong sets out to fight the gangsters and give the artifacts back to their rightful owners, but while his stepmother (Anita Mui) encourages him to use his drunken boxing skills, his father feels his boozy antics bring shame to the family.
“Jackie Chan has always seemed like a silent-screen virtuoso self-catapulted into modern times.” (Village Voice)
“A spectacularly silly comic epic in which almost every known camera trick, stunt and fight choreography known to the genre is squished into one story.” (Globe and Mail)
Friday, May 31
Doors 10:45 pm | Movie 11:15 pm
Advance tickets $10.50 HERE | $12.50 HERE
*Minors welcome in the balcony! Must be 19+ w/ID for bar service and main floor seating.
**Rio Theatre Groupons and passes OK. Please redeem at the door.
THE LEGEND OF DRUNKEN MASTER “Jui kuen II” (Lau Kar-leung, 1994 / PG / English dub) Returning home with his father after a shopping expedition, Wong Fei-Hong is unwittingly caught up in the battle between foreigners who wish to export ancient Chinese artifacts and loyalists who don’t want the pieces to leave the country. Fei-Hong must fight against the foreigners using his Drunken Boxing style, and overcome his father’s antagonism as well.