This is the new trendmaker in current local kung-fu films. It made nearly HK$7 million in Hong Kong alone [on initial release] and imitations mushroomed immediately like Chinese restaurants. Variations and revivals of old Jackie Chan movies are in the offing.
Pic like its unique title is kung fu with a big difference, in the sense that unusual drunken martial arts techniques are mixed with high Cantonese comedy. Lead star Jackie Chan (contract player of Lo Wei Prod.) has found fame at last by freelancing outside where his talents were properly utilized.
Chan, an excellent acrobat, has the stamina and movements of an experienced kung-fu specialist. His charming boyish appeal and talent for comedy routines help in captivating audiences. In fact, he makes a very human hero as he doesn’t win all the fights, with the exception of the required finale battle.
Highlights include practice sessions with an eccentric teacher (Simon Yuen). The idea of having a couple of drinks prior to fighting add an off-beat touch to the disciplined art of kung-fu. The storyline as can be expected is practically nil but the humour is universal enough.