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Drunken Master

Part of the series Sixteenth Annual Made in Hong Kong Film Festival

August 19, 2011 7:00pm to August 21, 2011 4:00pm


Friday, August 19, 2011, 7 pm

Sunday, August 21, 2011, 2 pm

The film that established Jackie Chan’s career is also a perfect example of the movies that influenced hip-hop’s pioneers. It mixes comedy, amazing martial arts action sequences, and the kind of charismatic, athletic performance that has made Chan a superstar. He plays the aimless Wong Fei-hung (an actual Chinese folk hero), whose father employs a fearsome martial arts master to discipline him through instruction in the mysterious “drunken boxing” technique. (dir.: Yuen Wo-ping, 1978, 110 min., Cantonese with English subtitles)

This program is part of the Smithsonian-wide conversation about race. The exhibition RACE: Are We So Different? will be at the National Museum of Natural History June 18, 2011–January 2, 2012.

Related exhibition: Race: Are We So Different? (on view at the Natural History Museum)

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