30 July 2016 | ckormos1
The Yuen clan takes over
In 1978 Yuen Wo-Ping directed Jackie Chan in his breakout hit, "Drunken Master". In 1979 Yuen Wo-Ping assembled the same cast and substituted his brother Yuen Shun-Yi for Jackie Chan. The resulting movie originally titled "Dance of the Drunk Mantis" went on to be known as "Drunken Master Part 2" for good reasons.
Yuen Wo-Ping took everything good about the original "Drunken Master" and made it better in every way.
He started with Linda Lin Wing. Her performance in "Drunken Master" was presented as "surprise the old lady knows kung fu" and was simply amazing. Her performance in this movie was simply beyond amazing. I only spotted two sequences a body double was used for some extreme acrobatic moves and the rest was all her. Her martial arts skills certainly exceeded all the other more fair of face actresses such as Angela Mao.
He substituted brother Shun-Yi for Jackie Chan. Shun-Yi could at best equal Jackie Chan but the fight choreography in this movie met or excelled everything in the first.
Simon Yuen, the father of the clan, only had two more years to live. He was body doubled in all of the fight sequences. The double had to do some of the most complicated and creative moves ever put on film as of the date and he nailed it. Who was that person? It could have been more than one stunt double. If I ever meet Yuen Wo-Ping I intend to ask him that.
I rank this movie as one of the top movies of 1979 and 1979 had many great martial arts movies. I give it a 9 out of 10 and recommend it for anyone, not just the typical fans.