John Chang plays Au Chan who works as a waiter at a cabaret club in the evenings and practises Kung Fu during the day. Also keen on martial arts is Sao Ling (Yeung Pan Pan) – her parents allow Au Chan to lodge at their ramshackle home and the two friends are constantly testing each others skills out. Au Chan learns his animal styles from watching movies (he has aspirations to become a big movie star – 'as big as Bruce Lee' ) and Sao Ling gets her techniques from her master played by Simon Yuen.
During a run of bad luck, Au Chan is mistaken as the mugger of a beautiful airhostess (Candy Yu) and is later released without charge. The hostess, named Ah Ying, apologises to Au Chan and gives him a jar of his favourite sweets as a peace offering.
However, in another twist, it appears that a band of crooks had smuggled an important shipment of diamonds in the same jar of sweets without Ah Ying’s knowledge. When they eventually turn up to reclaim their goods it inevitably leads to a frantic cat and mouse between the gang and our three heroes.
‘Kung Fu Master Named Drunk Cat’ is a fun filled and fast paced martial arts comedy. It’s pretty madcap stuff with the bars of silliness raised in every following scene. On his travels John Chang gets arrested, married, ends up on the set of a film and takes part in a martial arts contest. This is all complimented by a heavy dollop of slapstick humour which mainly focuses on physical anomalies such as midgets, giants, men with big warts, men with crossed eyes and men who cross dress!. Yes, the cast are a right motley bunch, so it’s a good job that the balance is maintained by the two lovely leading ladies. Candy Yu is unfortunately merely…erm…eye candy in the film but Yeung Pan Pan is wonderful, looking suitably sporty and athletic throughout the whole film. She breaks out some decent shapes and thankfully doesn’t engage in too much of the toilet humour which is saved for the moronic baddies instead.
I find John Chang to be a little under rated and here he proves his worth with a dazzling display of acrobatics and shapes, as well as handling a lot of the comedy quite successfully. The scene where he is asleep with the dog on the park bench is genuinely very funny!.
Simon Yuen was a little under used and his brief tussle with the main villain at the end seemed more like a token gesture, however, his training scenes are great fun and the man is always a joy to watch.
I really enjoyed ‘Kung Fu Master…’ – the pace never lagged and there was always an action scene just around the corner. I’m not a big fan of comedy in my Kung Fu films but this is a great example of it’s effectiveness when it’s done right. This one gets the thumbs up from me...and plus you’ve gotta love it’s crazy ‘Kung Fu Master’ theme tune?!