Taoism Drunkard (1984) Cheung-Yan Yuen

Taoism Drunkard (1984)
akaGui ma tian shi
Genre: Action | Comedy | Kung Fu | Horror
Country: Hong Kong | Director: Cheung-Yan Yuen
Language: English or Cantonese or Mandarin (3 separate audio tracks)
 Subtitles: English (Optional, embedded in Mkv file)
Aspect ratio: Cinemascope 2.35:1 | Length: 90mn
Dvdrip H264 Mkv - 852x372 - 23.976fps - 1.69gb

Chiu lives with his grandmother and carries the burden of protecting the sacred writ. A drunken Taoist priest however, has other plans for Chiu, who he calls a "Cherry Boy." The priest wants to use him to appease the temple's ancestors, but this "Cherry Boy" has other plans.

This completely outrageous martial arts comedy is unlike anything ever before filmed, a non-stop and pacy outing combining tons of comedy, men in drag, loads of special effects, and more crazy nonsense than you can shake a stick at. It's certainly a memorable viewing experience and one of those films you can enjoy over and over again. The movie picks up the reins of the '80s Hong Kong craze for wizardry, monsters, and bodily deformity, wrapping it up in an age-old tale of two innocents fighting against the forces of darkness.

The result is an almost constant stream of martial arts action - superbly choreographed by one of the masters, Yuen Woo Ping, whose choreography is up there with John Woo and Enzo G. Castellari (the final fight with the steel rings of death is excellent stuff) - and lots of comedy, ranging from cultural jokes to silly humour to slapstick, often varying in between, and outrageous over-the-top acting and dubbing. Where else do characters gloatingly shout "I'm evil!"? The acting is tongue-in-cheek, therefore fitting the style and atmosphere of the film well, with kudos especially going to the guy playing Rat-Face, complete with buck teeth and a goofy face. The good guys are clumsy yet funny, the women are beautiful and the bad guys dastardly. Where this film scores and becomes a classic is in the fantastic elements of the plot.

Monsters, magic, and bizarre antics combine in an unholy union to provide some completely outrageous material. Amongst other things, the film offers people wall-climbing, disappearing into each other, hiding in tiny boxes, shrinking, and fighting each other using the burning palm technique. Then there's a memorable toad monster, a blood-thirsty vampire, a fire-breathing puppet, and some grossness involving a face scraping and a walk-on-nails that goes gruesomely wrong. These factors combine to make this a breathless, hilarious, and utterly engaging action comedy, with everything gelling together superbly. 

 Taoism Drunkard (1984) 

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2 Response to "Taoism Drunkard (1984) Cheung-Yan Yuen"

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    Aoakaua says:

    Excellent ! Thanks so much. I'm looking for Kung Fu/WTF/overthetop/crazy movies. Do you have any recommmendations?
    This one was really fun, hehe with all these crazy ideas!

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