To describe Legend of Drunken Master is almost impossible. It has somuch, it does so much, and it delivers in so many ways, you cannotreally describe the experience. Legend of Drunken Master stands asJackie Chan's best film, and arguably the greatest martial arts film inhistory. That's right Bruce Lee fanatics, it tops most/arguably all Leefilms. Surely Lee had the strength and the power; but did not have theensemble cast that Chan had, nor did Lee have any fights that can topthe ones the Drunken Master engaged in throughout the 105 minutes ofthis kung fu madhouse.<br><br>With a decent plot, good acting, and a dash of humor to go along withthe frenzied action, Legend of Drunken Master is one of those rarecomplete martial arts films that do more than just throw fights at you.Honestly, there has yet to be a perfect martial arts film. Whether itsbad acting, a weak plot, too much focus on action, a pointless romanticstory attached, or way too over-the-top substance, there hasn't been amartial arts film worthy of being up there with the best films in themodern era. Jui Kuen II (as they call it overseas) is the closest tothe complete package as you can get.<br><br>We start the film off with Jackie Chan as the tough yet uncontrollableyoung kid by the name of Wong Fei-hung who accidentally takes a sealfrom British smugglers. The smugglers, also involved in overworkingChinese men in a factory resembling slave-like sweatshop of some sort,want the seal back. In the meantime, Wong's controversial fightingtechnique, drunken boxing, has been met by disapproval of his father,and wants him to refrain from ever using it. Drunken boxing also has alot of competition and shun from others in the community. Chaos followsas soon as the British and their henchmen find out who has the seal,and vow to do whatever it takes to get it back and to spread fear inthe community.<br><br>The plot isn't groundbreaking, but its something different than theaverage martial arts film. While it still contains the themes offamily, honor, respect, and dignity contained in most Chinese movies ofthis genre, the preservation of Chinese art is a concept not usedoften. Nonetheless, it works, as we see the traditional values of theChinese being threatened by the more modern mechanisms of theEuropeans. There is also a major issue with honor, as Wong's father ismorally against drunken boxing, and hates it when his reputation isdamaged even a little. The acting involved with the tension amongstChan and his family is at times a bit overblown, but for the most partgets the job right.<br><br>Jackie Chan is one of the few actors/actresses in modern cinema historythat can both be taken seriously and lightly. We see Chan at hisplayful side, especially when he is drunk. But, take away the smile,watch him pose, and you will fear him. Seeing that look in his eyeright before a major fight starts can send shivers down your spine, asyou know he will not back down easy, and will use whatever techniquenecessary to take you out. His physical appearance isn't exactlyintimidating, but his agility and amazing ability to be balanced andwhip out an insane combo of punches and kicks remains to be matched byanyone else out there. The best of Chan is here in terms of acting,usage of props, and kung fu. Don't let his usage of props fool you, hecan engage in a brutal victory without the use of any objects. FewJackie Chan films prove this, but Drunken Master has its share offights without any other objects floating around.<br><br>The fights are what Chan is best known for, and the fights are wherethe film excels towards jaw-dropping levels. From the first fight,involving swords and extending from underneath a train to a nearbyhouse, to the final fight that lasts over 10 minutes withoutexaggeration; Drunken Master will wow you, will keep you on the edge ofyour seat, and will make you almost jump back in amazement. Hollywooddoes not have enough patience to spend four months on one fight alone,which is why we don't see fights in action films like the ones seenhere. The final fight, involving a well-trained kicker and Chan at hisdrunkest stage is easily one of the best fights in history—it's so wellchoreographed, so well-timed, and so brilliantly executed, that itdeserves a spot on one of modern film's greatest achievements. Raisingthe bar for generations to come, the last fight mixes speed, agility,humor, combos, fast movements, and unbelievable stunts. In truth, allthe clashes prior do the same, but this one puts all the others toshame.<br><br>Bottom Line: Missing this film would be a travesty, especially if youenjoy a good martial arts film. This time its not Chan alone that makesthe film; we have a good cast of characters and fighters, a decentplot, and never really drifts into an unbelievable level unlike mostaction movies of today. This is Chan at his absolute best; and this isfamed director Chia-Liang Liu at his best. Almost a complete package interms of quality and substance, Legend of Drunken Master is as close asyou can get to martial arts perfection; and remains the greatestmartial arts film of all-time.