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Drunken Master and Police Story 2 at UW Cinematheque

August 4, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

A simple image collage that features a scene from "Drunken Master" (top) in which Wong Fei-Hung (Jackie Chan) trains by balancing hot cups of tea on his shoulders while crouching over a pointed stick. His father's servant Ko Choi (Dean Shek) taunts him with a feather duster, threatening to tickle him. The bottom image captures Chan Ka-Kui (Chan) crouching on top of a moving bus in "Police Story 2."
Emerging from a mid-1970s sea of Bruce Lee imitators, Jackie Chan quickly established himself as a singular talent, directing his own films and leading a highly disciplined stunt team. Infusing the martial arts genre with his Chinese opera training and a willingness to put himself in physical danger, Chan stood out as an innovator. Loosely based on a Chinese folk hero, Drunken Master is one of the first films that let Chan’s goofy underdog persona shine. Creating new fighting styles for each of his films, director Yuen Siu-Tin opted for entertainment value over realism, creating the perfect showcase for Chan’s agility and comic mugging. Police Story 2 shows a refinement of Jackie Chan’s personal style, creating a vehicle perfectly tailored to his physical skills and underdog persona. Though he wisely didn’t try to top the first film’s death-defying finale, Police Story 2 has plenty of incredibly dangerous stunts and intricate fight choreography. Ian Adcock


August 4, 2022
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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UW Cinematheque
821 University Ave / 4070 Vilas Hall
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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(608) 262-3627

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