|Shaolin Drunk Monkey (1985)|
|Starring:||Eagle Han, Elton Chong and Kent Chan|
|The Plot: Silver Eagle is a evil martial artist who travels the land looking for the very best Kung Fu artists that he can find, and then he murders them. Mo, who is not very talented but refers to himself as “the most able man from Shaolin,” is on a mission to find the Silver Eagle after his master was murdered by this psychotic Kung Fu master. When Mo loses his job as a cook, he wanders around until he meets a elderly beggar with a penchant for wine. This beggar soon takes Mo under his wing and promises to teach the young man Kung Fu. However, for him to do this, Mo must first learn humility. Becoming a beggar is the best way for a young man to do this, because if he can humble himself before all of society then he can surely grow as a individual. Mo, at first, doesn’t seem to take his work very serious. However, with the Silver Eagle growing closer to his position, he must become adamant in learning Kung Fu.|
To explain the utter insanity that is Shaolin Drunk Monkey, I think I will take some time now to describe one of the earliest introductions to its lack of coherence. The scene begins with Mo (Elton Chong) running up to, what appears to be, a empty cottage. However, a voice booms out of the shadows and demands that Mo bring him water. Mo, being the rough “kid” that he is, replies with, “Come out, or I won’t go and get it!” We then jump cut to a shot of Mo running down a hill with two buckets that he intends to fill with water. The first thing that is obviously wrong with this scene, what happened to his persistence in not going to get the water? Why was a jump cut necessary at this point? Well, we get a vague answer from Mo when he arrives with the two buckets of water, as he mutters to himself, “I guess anything is better than being hungry.” If there was a promise of food, then the audience was never clued into it. We were never even shown the buckets, nor where our character got them from. Sure, you might say that the audience should have patience and they can soon figure these things out, but there are simple rules of entertainment that should be followed in a movie like this. Yet, this movie jumps around as if scenes were completely missing (and no doubt, they are). Fight scenes are often stopped dead in their tracks and severely hindered by this crazy editing. Fighters appear in one stance during one shot, and then immediately appear on the opposite side of the screen in the very next shot. I thought that these fight scenes were going to be the “worst” aspects of the editing in this movie, but I was wrong. Dead wrong. Characters are thrown into the movie without any sort of introduction, and as the movie progresses it simply becomes more and more incoherent.