World of the Drunken Master (1979)
Reviewed by: kiliansabre on 2010-03-20
Summary: Packed Full of Drunken Fighting
Joseph Kuo's World of Drunken Master won't disappoint fans of the discipline. There is more time spent on fighting here than anything else to the point where it is almost excessive. The plot involved Beggar Su and Fan Ta Pei, two old drunken masters who are summoned to meet then reflect back to when they first learned kung fu. 30 years earlier two youths who are living by stealing and reselling grapes are punished and put under the instruction of an old drunken master. When trying to help out town folk being bullied for money the two catch the attention of an evil eagle claw master who then makes it his mission to destroy their lives and the lives of those who know the young men. The drunken master teaches the two drunken kung fu, they get the attention of his niece, and things escalate until it's pretty much non stop fighting.

The choreography by Yuen Cheung-Yan is solid. The emphasis here is obviously drunken fists, in this case against snake and eagle claw style. The fights are plentiful and well choreographed, but there isn't a ton of diversity in them. It would have been a good idea to mix it up a bit, but this is just a showcase for the style really. Better than a lot of the drunken kung fu movies out there.