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Drunken Master (1978)

NOTE: This commentary track is available on all of Columbia-Tristar's DVD releases of Drunken Master.

Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Hong Kong film expert Ric Meyers and Jackie Chan biographer Jeff Yang Rating:7.6/10 (5 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by Brian Thibodeau on June 20th, 2005:Find all reviews by Brian Thibodeau
This is a decent track for newbies to the joys of Hong Kong cinema, touching as it does on information that could come in handy should one decide to venture outside the cinema of Jackie Chan. To devotees, everything these commentators say will be old hat, but there's a nice sense of pace here and the two are never at a loss for things to say. Yang's contribution is slight and, one might say, arguable, since his book on Asian Cinema is a comparitive lightweight, and Meyer's presence may also be regarded by some with suspicion, as he's known for the occasional error (too much research at IMDB, perhaps?) or cultural faux pas like the one here in which he declares that Asians can "understand" the martial arts and their use in movies, the way "we" can suss out variances in music stylings. Nonetheless, this is hardly the latter's worst endeavour, and he's to be commended (as always) for his obvious love of the subject. Not a dynamic listen by any stretch, with Meyers dominating for the duration, but well-paced and informative at a beginner's level, and a reasonable springboard into the world of Hong Kong cinema for those new to the field.
Reviewed by Mr Bungle on May 28th, 2015:Find all reviews by Mr Bungle
I like this commentary. Usually I'm spoiled listening to the Hong Kong-master Bey Logan doing these commentaries, but I must say that Ric Meyers and Jeff Yang are almost in the same league. Enthusiastic, interesting and well paced.