|Donnie Yen as seen in 2009's Yip Man|
Drunken Taichi is an old-style kung fu comedy movie from 1984. I say old-style, meaning that there's no wire-fu or any of that more flamboyant, overclocked, fight scene stuff that became popular in the early 90's. It's directed by Yuen Wo Ping, who is, without a doubt, the GOD of fight choreography and even in this early film, his unrivaled fight scene creativity is present. The plot revolves around Donnie Yen's character, the son of a rich merchant who lives a cushy life-style but still does Kung Fu and gets into trouble. One day he messes with the son of another affluent businessman and ends up inadvertently causing the other young man to suffer some kind of emotional or brain damage. The father of the young man hires a killer to wipe out Yen's Character's family. The killer strikes when Yen is out of the house, killing his father and older brother and thus Yen is orphaned. Eventually the killer comes for Yen but he ends up living with a Kung Fu master couple comprised of an old drunk Taichi master and an over-weight quilt maker who uses her own brand of kung fu. They train him and he kills the killer.
|Young Donnie Yen with his old master played by Yuen Cheun Yan|