|The World of Drunken Master (1979 according to HK Cinemagic, 1982 according to IMDB)|
|Starring:||Simon Yuen, Jack Long, Mark Long and Li Yi Min|
|The Plot: Beggar Su is back yet again! We meet Beggar Su at two intervals in his life. The first time we meet him is when we are also introduced to Fan Ta-Pei (Jack Long), his best friend from youth. These two meet due to Fan Ta-Pei being hunted by rival kung fu experts. Though you might think that there are more pressing issues at play, these two instead embrace and reminisce about old time. From here on out, the remainder of the film is told in flasback as we see how Fan Ta-Pei and Beggar Su first met. As it turns out, each man was a hustler of sorts. After stealing barrels worth of fruit that were not their own, the two men initially fight over who should be allowed to sell their stolen fruit in the local market, but they soon learn that they are too alike to share any disdain. Eventually the two are picked up by an elderly beggar who instills some maturity in the men by teaching them kung fu. Seeing their honest hearts, this beggar decided that these two buffoons could do more good than bad with their martial knowledge. Thus begins their training, but even with such an intense friendship, even a woman may drive them apart.|
Although these Taiwanese productions are so often left in the past, if you want to look at the positive side they do seem to sell for relatively cheap prices in comparison to the Shaw bros. movies that are now floating around. The Taiwanese market has unfortunately not found the popularity that the Shaw Bros. film studio has had with modern martial arts film fans. This isn’t entirely due to a lack of quality, however. Celestial, a large distribution company in China, purchased the rights to the Shaw Bros. library which was fairly well preserved in comparison to the Taiwanese market, and it seems fair to assume that this catalog contains innumerable lost films as well as a messy assortment of copyright issues. So, the prints are not in as good a shape as the Shaw films, but at least the films are available for cheap prices. In fact, if you own a Netflix streaming account, you can (as of this date) watch The World of Drunken master for free. Unfortunately, the lack of a large production company behind these movies also leaves many viewers in the dark when it comes to understanding the cast and crew who made these films. Jack and Mark Long are two notable actors who unfortunately have never been given their due. Featured in several Joseph Kuo titles, they are two of the lost talents of martial arts cinema. The World of Drunken Master is nothing short of a demo reel for their talents.