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Drunken Monkey (2002/Martial Arts/Comedy/Lionsgate)


Picture: C+     Sound: C+     Extras: C-     Film: C-



The comic subgenre of Martial Arts films may have allowed it to survive, but it has always been the greatest compromise in the genre’s history and led to some of its poorest and most overrated works.  Unless you are part of the eccentric fanbase that loves the overt humor, forget it.  Lau Kar Leung’s Drunken Monkey (2003) is one such film and it is so over the top that even the good choreography cannot save it.


The storyline involves something about two brothers, with one finding out the other is abusing the family security company for criminal reasons.  I was no fan of 36th Chamber Of Shaolin either, reviewed elsewhere on this site, but it could at least be taken seriously.  You’d think the same director would come up with something like Kung-Fu Hustle (see my Blu-ray review elsewhere on this site) but this becomes thin and boring quickly unless you are into the conventions of the film.  Now they’re clichés.  For diehard fans only.


The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image is somewhat soft throughout, as shot by Director of Photography Wong Po Man.  The film itself is not shot too badly, but the physical humor is just too goofy for words.  The Dolby Digital 5.1 mix has several sound limits noticed in its lack of soundfield, but dialogue recording is not bad.  The only extra is a trailer gallery.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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