|Plot Outline: This one’s a bit hard to explain, but I’ll try my best. The film opens with the villain known as “old devil” paying a palm reader to read his palms, but she can’t on account of him being dead. Well Old Devil doesn’t like this very much so he begins to assault the young man. Before Devil has a chance to kill the young lad, a foe from his past shows up. We are treated to a short flashback explaining that Old Devil used to be known as Master Ruthless, and that he had been sentenced to be skinned, expelled, and killed for trying to steal the “secret precious document”. Old Devil explains that he is back from the dead because “the devils of the underworld want you (his past foe) to take my place”, so Ruthless/Devil kills the spike-covered ‘good guy’ and is once again chasing after those precious documents. After this we meet “ratface” a drunken Taoist who, after breaking a sacred statue, is made to find a virgin boy born on the 15th of August. From here we are introduced to just such a boy! Yuen Chu, who lives with his grandmother, just so happens to be the guardian of the very same “secret precious documents” that Old Devil is searching for. Now, can you guess where all of this is heading?|
As mentioned above, the watermelon monster has to be the standout character of the film. Heck, he might be the standout character of any film ever made. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to sleep at night without picturing his distorted chompers and nipple clamps. In case you’re wondering what exactly the watermelon monster is, he’s a creature that guards the “secret documents” that the old lady mentioned in the plot synopsis (did I mention the old lady is played by a man in drag? oh, I didn’t. Well, she is.). The monster appears to be some kind of spray painted globe with teeth, which also looks like a serious H.R. Pufnstuf reject, only with a smaller budget. Even still, the watermelon monster is only partly the reason this film should be seen. There’s so much more insanity that I can’t even begin to touch on. I’ve tried my dearest to find out as much information about the Yuen Clan as I could on the net, but the only thing that kept popping up was Yuen Woo-ping bios and such.
After watching something like Drunken Wutang, you can’t help but want to learn more about the psychotic minds behind it. Unfortunately, there’s just so little information available. What I want to know is just the simple things, like how long did the clan actually work together? What constitutes a Yuen Clan film? Does there have to be a certain number of members working on it? The only help I can find is on the imdb, but you have to read between the lines on there to get any information. Still, I know one thing. I must see Shaolin Drunkard/Wutang Master, from what I can tell it’s kind of a continuation of this film. Ratnose is back, and from what imdb says, looking for another cherry boy. I can only hope the watermelon monster and the ratmobile return as well, because I imagine they would be pivotal to the storyline.