Eventually consumed by grief and alcohol, Su becomes a drunken beggar. In Ancient Greece 1200 B. Zhao, who is often credited as Chiu Man-cheuk in his earlier films, is a former Chinese wushu champion, who is also proficient in Tai Chi. The dream-like setting and strange, strobing frame-rate of the filming can make these scenes look like a video game at times, but there are still some entertaining flourishes. Su asks the prince to make his envious step-brother Yuan governor instead, so he can retire from military life and return home to his beloved wife and their newborn son.
He desires only one thing: the love of Hebe, Princess of Crete, who has been promised to his own brother. Yuen Woo-ping is arguably one of two or three of the greatest martial arts movie choreographers of all time. Some of the best scenes in the film belong to Zhao, especially when he is practicing his wushu forms and some of the tender moments with his wife and child. Ignore the distractions of some of the effects driven choreography, be patient with the rather sporadic pacing of the story, and there is still a lot of action and some good performances to enjoy here. Su Can chases the assassins to a jetty by a rapid flowing river where his wife and son are being held captive by the wicked Yuan Lie. Action The action kicks off immediately with a spectacular raid by Su Can and his soldiers. When Hercules learns of his greater purpose, he must choose: to flee with his true love or to fulfill his destiny and become the true hero of his time.
Su Can eventually must confront Yuan Lie and attacks his residence armed with a Guandao. I was lucky enough to be in Hong Kong for the Chinese New Year release of this film, and there was quite a buzz about it. Unfortunately, both those factors are the main flaws of this movie. Su and his wife barely escape with their lives, but their son is now held captive by an increasingly psychotic Yuan Lie. For the final scenes, we see the fully fledged Beggar So performing his Drunken Form with the iron and silk elements of its grace and power. There was no chance for us to make any mistakes. Summary This film is quite a tough one to review.
Although Jiang Luxia only has a small role as an assassin, she demonstrates the capacity to become perhaps the next big female Asian action star. This fighting sequence took us 15 working days to complete. The sword fighting is raw and real rather than the pretty wushu-twirling style you might expect. With the return of his vengeful step-brother, Su Can is ambushed by Will Liu and Jiang Luxia as a pair of assassins. Yuen Woo-ping excels at this style, delivering a frantic fight using slow motion and wires only where absolutely appropriate. He claws bark from trees with his bare hands, strengthens his grip with a special mechanical device, and performs handstand push ups on his fingertips.
Taiwanese popstar Will Liu and wushu champion Jiang Luxia play a pair of deadly assassins. Su Can fights with determination and ferocity, but Yuan Lie literally has an iron shirt grafted to his body, as he spins and battles with deadly efficiency. Su dreams of perfecting the art of wushu and of one day opening his own school. This fight is among the best in the film as they smash their way through pots and vases, and even fight down a well-shaft! Both actors have impressive punching and kicking skills, with bursts of combinations punctuated by an inevitable wire stunt. He made his first of many visits to Malaysia and Singapore in 1998 to learn Chin Woo kung fu under the supervision of Master Teng Wie Yoo. It is only when his son is once again in danger, this time by Westerners out to shame the Chinese people, that an inebriated Su summons all his fighting skills to try and save the day, forging the legend of Drunken Boxing! Cinema audiences had to put on their 3D glasses for some of the 3D action scenes, and take them off for the rest of the film!. Jay Chou gives an entertaining performance and also impresses in the martial arts department, and of course Michelle Yeoh in a small supporting role, rarely disappoints.
He was talent spotted by producer and director Corey Yuen whilst studying at the Beijing Sports University where Zhao was also a martial arts instructor. We also double-wired our talent just to make sure they were completely safe. But this prince, Hercules, knows nothing of his real identity or his destiny. Whilst training one day, he sees the God of Wushu balancing on top of a tree with an Old Sage balancing on his head! There are lots of flashing and clashing broadsword blades, interspersed with arrows shooting at the screen. The two assassins are among the guards that Su Can must overcome before he finally goes toe-to-toe with Yuan Lie. The story behind one of the greatest myths is revealed in this action-packed epic — a tale of love, sacrifice and the strength of the human spirit. We meticulously planned out the whole choreography and tested and rehearsed it many times before rolling the camera.
Plot In the late 19th Century Qing Dynasty, war hero Su Can rescues a prince in a daring raid on an enemy mountain fortress. Equally adept in the acting and action departments is Andy On as the wicked villain of the piece. We are writers, martial arts practitioners and film-makers consumed by a passion for everything connected to the martial arts, and we love sharing it! As Su Can recovers from his encounter, he engages in some classic training sequences. The landscape looks magnificent but is very dangerous. The drunken fist is still saved for the last quarter of the film though. As the increasingly dishevelled Su Can begins to master his training, we are finally treated to seeing him performing a Drunken Boxing form. Six years later, Yuan Lie returns from war consumed by the dark martial arts and armed with the deadly Five Venom Fist.
No respectable kung fu film is complete without a fight in a teahouse, and this one has the great premise of Drunken Boxer versus Drunken Boxer! The best of these is probably the cudgel versus cudgel sequence, although we also get to see the two-handed sword versus iron ring and hammer versus hammer! Paradoxically, nearly every leap and spin is obviously performed on a wire. The prince promises that the Emperor will make Su governor of Hu Bei Province. The end effect is that the rather obvious attempts at showing off the 3D spoil a lot of what is at times excellent and classic Yuen Woo-ping choreography. Jiang Luxia, a former real-life wushu champion, is especially good, using a mace as though it is a Jian straight sword , but also using it as a cudgel. Over many long and difficult months, Su recovers from his injuries and hones his craft with the help of a mysterious Old Sage and his apprentice, Lord Wushu, a monk with incredible martial arts skills.