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in_IN
the_DT
wake_NN
of_IN
the_DT
smashing_JJ
success_NN
of_IN
"_"
rumble_JJ
in_IN
the_DT
bronx_???
,_,
"_"
it_PP
's_BEZ
looking_VBG
more_DT
and_CC
more_DT
likely_JJ
that_CS
more_DT
jackie_NP
chan_NP
films_NNS
will_MD
see_VB
american_JJ
release_NN
._.
rumor_NN
has_HVZ
it_PP
that_DT
one_CD
of_IN
these_DT
films_NNS
will_MD
be_BE
drunken_JJ
master_NN
ii_CD
._.
the_DT
version_NN
i_PP
have_HV
is_BEZ
a_DT
copy_NN
from_IN
the_DT
laserdisc_???
;_;
it_NN
's_BEZ
widescreen_IN
and_CC
bilingually-subtitled_VBN
,_,
as_CS
are_BER
most_DT
hong_NP
kong_NP
films_NNS
these_DT
days_NNS
._.
availability_NN
over_IN
here_RB
in_IN
the_DT
united_JJ
states_NNS
is_BEZ
very_RB
limited_JJ
;_;
these_DT
films_NNS
must_MD
either_RB
be_BE
purchased_VBN
via_IN
pirates_NNS
or_CC
sought_VBD
out_RP
from_IN
asian_JJ
distributors_NNS
such_DT
as_IN
tai_???
seng_NP
._.
the_DT
subtitling_NN
on_IN
the_DT
copy_NN
i_PP
have_HV
is_BEZ
slightly_RB
hard_JJ
to_IN
read_VBD
;_;
the_DT
letters_NNS
are_BER
white_JJ
and_CC
a_DT
bit_NN
small_JJ
._.
although_CS
the_DT
american_JJ
release_NN
will_MD
almost_RB
certainly_RB
be_BE
dubbed_VBN
,_,
this_DT
review_NN
is_BEZ
of_IN
the_DT
subtitled_JJ
version_NN
,_,
so_RB
please_RB
keep_VB
that_CS
in_IN
mind_NN
if_CS
you're_???
reading_NN
this_DT
review_NN
to_IN
help_NN
you_PP
decide_VB
whether_CS
to_IN
go_NN
out_RP
and_CC
see_VB
it_PP
._.
to_IN
be_BE
fair_JJ
,_,
i_PP
must_MD
admit_VB
that_DT
i've_???
never_RB
been_BEN
very_RB
fond_JJ
of_IN
"_"
period-piece_NN
"_"
martial_JJ
arts_NNS
movies--the_VB
ones_NNS
set_VB
in_IN
some_DT
nebulous_JJ
china_NN
of_IN
the_DT
distant_JJ
or_CC
not_XNOT
so_RB
distant_JJ
past_NN
._.
perhaps_RB
it_PP
's_BEZ
because_CS
most_DT
of_IN
those_DT
i've_???
seen_VBN
were_BED
filmed_VBN
on_IN
inferior_JJ
stock_NN
,_,
with_IN
either_DT
butchered_JJ
dubbing_NN
or_CC
all-but-illegible_JJ
subtitling_NN
,_,
or_CC
perhaps_RB
it_PP
's_BEZ
because_CS
their_PP$
plots_NNS
all_PDT
tend_VB
to_TO
be_BE
very_RB
similar_JJ
to_IN
each_DT
other_JJ
and_CC
,_,
in_IN
many_DT
cases_NNS
,_,
all_PDT
but_IN
nonexistant_JJ
._.
in_IN
fact_NN
,_,
many_DT
of_IN
them_PP
get_VB
so_RB
wrapped_VBN
up_RP
in_IN
their_PP$
subplots_NNS
that_CS
they_PP
seem_VB
to_TO
forget_VB
their_PP$
main_JJ
plot_NN
entirely_RB
until_CS
only_RB
a_DT
few_DT
minutes_NNS
before_IN
the_DT
end_NN
._.
or_CC
,_,
for_IN
that_DT
matter_NN
,_,
it_PP
might_MD
be_BE
because_CS
the_DT
jackie_NP
chan_NP
films_NNS
with_IN
more_DT
modern_JJ
settings_NNS
(_(
armour_NN
of_IN
god_NP
,_,
rumble_JJ
in_IN
the_DT
bronx_???
,_,
etc_RB
._.
)_)
tend_VB
to_TO
have_HV
more_DT
spectacular_JJ
stunts_NNS
,_,
often_RB
involving_VBG
large_JJ
motor_NN
vehicles_NNS
and_CC
large_JJ
explosions_NNS
,_,
whereas_CS
period_NN
pieces_NNS
simply_RB
have_HV
the_DT
martial_JJ
arts_NNS
._.
having_HVG
said_VBN
that_DT
,_,
i_PP
must_MD
now_RB
turn_VB
right_JJ
around_IN
and_CC
say_VB
that_DT
drunken_JJ
master_NN
ii_CD
is_BEZ
a_DT
remarkable_JJ
exception_NN
to_IN
all_PDT
or_CC
most_DT
of_IN
the_DT
above_JJ
,_,
is_BEZ
one_CD
of_IN
the_DT
better_JJR
martial_JJ
arts_NNS
films_NNS
i've_???
seen_VBN
,_,
and_CC
i_PP
quite_RB
enjoyed_VBD
it_PP
._.
surprised_JJ
?_?
well_RB
,_,
so_RB
was_BEDZ
i_PP
._.
drunken_JJ
master_NN
ii_CD
is_BEZ
about_IN
a_DT
young_JJ
man_NN
named_VBN
wong_???
fei-hong_NN
(_(
played_VBN
by_IN
jackie_NP
chan_NP
)_)
who_WP
is_BEZ
a_DT
master_NN
of_IN
the_DT
drunken_JJ
boxing_NN
style_NN
of_IN
kung_???
fu_???
._.
where_CS
he_PP
learned_VBD
this_DT
style_NN
is_BEZ
uncertain_JJ
,_,
as_CS
his_PP$
father_NN
,_,
wong_???
kei-ying_NN
(_(
ti_???
lung_NN
)_(
is_BEZ
steadfast_JJ
in_IN
his_PP$
opposition_NN
to_IN
fei-hong_JJ
's_POS
practicing_NN
it_PP
rather_RB
than_CS
some_DT
more_DT
normal_JJ
style_NN
of_IN
kung_???
fu_???
._.
apparently_RB
,_,
fei-hong_JJ
is_BEZ
some_DT
sort_NN
of_IN
figure_NN
from_IN
chinese_JJ
folklore_NN
,_,
rather_RB
like_IN
paul_NP
bunyan_NP
is_BEZ
for_IN
americans_NNS
,_,
but_CC
i've_???
heard_VBD
very_JJ
little_JJ
about_IN
this_DT
,_,
and_CC
could_MD
quite_RB
well_RB
be_BE
wrong_JJ
,_,
so_RB
i'll_???
leave_NN
analysis_NN
of_IN
that_DT
to_IN
the_DT
people_NN
who_WP
know_VB
it_PP
better_JJR
._.
one_CD
of_IN
my_PP$
friends_NNS
points_NNS
out_RP
that_CS
the_DT
character_NN
of_IN
wong_???
fei-hong_JJ
is_BEZ
also_RB
featured_VBN
in_IN
the_DT
"_"
once_RB
upon_IN
a_DT
time_NN
in_IN
china_NP
"_"
movies_NNS
,_,
but_CC
i_PP
have_HV
not_XNOT
yet_RB
seen_VBN
those_DT
._.
the_DT
plot_NN
of_IN
drunken_JJ
master_NN
ii_CD
is_BEZ
somewhat_RB
hazy_JJ
,_,
as_CS
are_BER
the_DT
plots_NNS
to_IN
many_DT
such_DT
films_NNS
,_,
but_CC
if_CS
you're_???
watching_VBG
a_DT
jackie_NP
chan_NP
film_NN
,_,
odds_NNS
are_BER
you_PP
aren't_BER
expecting_VBG
something_PN
on_IN
the_DT
order_NN
of_IN
"_"
war_NN
and_CC
peace_NN
"_"
._.
the_DT
story_NN
seems_VBZ
to_IN
revolve_VB
around_IN
those_DT
evil_JJ
foreigners_NNS
who_WP
are_BER
spiriting_VBG
away_RB
ancient_JJ
chinese_JJ
relics_NNS
(_(
and_CC
hence_RB
,_,
china_NP
's_POS
cultural_JJ
heritage_NN
)_)
while_CS
overworking_VBG
,_,
underpaying_VBG
,_,
and_CC
beating_VBG
up_RP
chinese_JJ
workers_NNS
in_IN
a_DT
nearby_JJ
steel_NN
mill_NN
._.
however_RB
,_,
this_DT
plot_NN
merely_RB
serves_VBZ
as_CS
a_DT
framework_NN
for_IN
the_DT
other_JJ
main_JJ
story_NN
of_IN
the_DT
film--fei-hong_JJ
's_POS
perpetual_JJ
struggle_NN
to_IN
win_NN
his_PP$
girlfriend_NN
,_,
supplicate_JJ
his_PP$
father_NN
,_,
keep_VB
his_PP$
(_(
pregnant_JJ
)_)
mother_NN
(_(
played_VBN
by_IN
anita_NP
mui_???
)_(
from_IN
fighting_NN
,_,
and_CC
keep_VB
from_IN
getting_VBG
beaten_VBN
up_RP
by_IN
evil_JJ
foreigner_NN
thugs_NNS
._.
the_DT
macguffin_NN
that_CS
drives_VBZ
the_DT
plot_NN
(_(
s_NN
)_)
is_BEZ
a_DT
precious_JJ
antique_JJ
jade_NN
imperial_JJ
seal_NN
which_WDT
is_BEZ
being_BEG
taken_VBN
away_RB
by_IN
the_DT
evil_JJ
foreigners_NNS
._.
in_IN
the_DT
beginning_NN
,_,
fei-hong_JJ
accidentally_RB
steals_VBZ
it_PP
while_CS
trying_JJ
to_IN
recover_VB
an_DT
identically-wrapped_JJ
box_NN
containing_VBG
the_DT
medicinal_JJ
ginseng_???
his_PP$
father_NN
was_BEDZ
bringing_VBG
back_RP
for_IN
a_DT
customer_NN
._.
in_IN
the_DT
process_NN
,_,
he_PP
clashes_NNS
with_IN
another_DT
thief_NN
,_,
who_WP
is_BEZ
himself_NN
trying_VBG
for_IN
the_DT
seal_NN
but_CC
ends_NNS
up_IN
instead_RB
with_IN
the_DT
ginseng_???
._.
after_CS
fei-hong_JJ
narrowly_RB
avoids_VBZ
getting_VBG
caught_JJ
with_IN
the_DT
seal_NN
by_IN
the_DT
evil_JJ
foreigners_NNS
'_"
lackies_NNS
,_,
thanks_NNS
to_IN
some_DT
timely_JJ
intervention_NN
by_IN
a_DT
general_JJ
's_POS
son_NN
(_(
a_DT
cameo_???
appearance_NN
by_IN
andy_NP
lau_???
,_,
who_WP
would_MD
later_JJR
take_VB
on_IN
the_DT
starring_NN
role_NN
in_IN
drunken_JJ
master_NN
iii_CD
!_!
)_(
,_,
comedic_JJ
chaos_NN
ensues_VBZ
back_RP
at_IN
the_DT
wong_???
household_NN
when_CS
fei-hong_JJ
and_CC
his_PP$
mother_NN
attempt_NN
to_IN
come_VB
up_RP
with_IN
a_DT
replacement_NN
for_IN
the_DT
missing_JJ
ginseng_???
._.
and_VB
so_RB
it_PP
goes_VBZ
._.
and_CC
the_DT
plot_NN
thickens_NNS
later_RBR
on_IN
,_,
such_DT
as_IN
when_CS
fei-hong_NP
's_POS
girlfriend_NN
maneuvers_NNS
him_PP
into_IN
a_DT
kung_???
fu_???
match_NN
with_IN
a_DT
rival_JJ
,_,
or_CC
when_CS
fei-hong_JJ
and_CC
the_DT
thief_NN
,_,
now_RB
revealed_VBN
to_IN
be_BE
a_DT
loyalist_JJ
manchu_NP
officer_NN
trying_VBG
to_IN
recover_VB
the_DT
seal_NN
and_CC
stop_VB
the_DT
evil_JJ
foreigners_NNS
,_,
are_BER
attacked_VBN
en_FW
masse_FW
(_(
another_DT
grand_JJ
kung-fu_???
movie_NN
tradition_NN
)_)
,_,
but_CC
i_PP
think_VB
i've_???
already_RB
spent_VBN
more_DT
time_NN
on_IN
the_DT
plot_NN
than_CS
it_PP
really_RB
deserves_VBZ
._.
let_VB
's_BEZ
move_NN
on_IN
to_IN
the_DT
real_JJ
draw_NN
of_IN
jackie_NP
chan_NP
movies_NNS
._.
._.
._.
the_DT
action_NN
._.
there_EX
's_BEZ
plenty_PN
of_IN
martial_JJ
arts_NNS
action_NN
to_IN
be_BE
found_VB
in_CD
this_DT
movie_NN
._.
._.
._.
of_IN
course_NN
,_,
in_IN
a_DT
kung_???
fu_???
film_NN
,_,
that_CS
's_BEZ
to_TO
be_BE
expected_VBN
._.
however_RB
,_,
this_DT
isn't_BEZ
just_RB
another_DT
kung_???
fu_???
movie_NN
;_;
this_DT
one_CD
has_HVZ
jackie_NP
chan_NP
doing_DOG
the_DT
fight_NN
and_CC
stunt_NN
choreography_NN
,_,
and_CC
jackie_NP
chan_NP
is_BEZ
a_DT
genius_NN
._.
the_DT
primary_JJ
martial_JJ
arts_NNS
"_"
style_NN
"_"
featured_VBN
in_IN
the_DT
film_NN
is_BEZ
drunken_JJ
boxing_NN
,_,
a_DT
form_NN
of_IN
kung_???
fu_???
which_WDT
attempts_NNS
to_IN
draw_NN
the_DT
adversary_NN
off_IN
his_PP$
guard_NN
by_IN
making_VBG
it_PP
seem_VB
like_IN
the_DT
fellow_NN
using_VBG
it_PP
is_BEZ
drunk_JJ
._.
further_JJR
,_,
for_IN
the_DT
purposes_NNS
of_IN
this_DT
film_NN
at_IN
least_DT
,_,
drunken_JJ
boxers_NNS
fight_VB
better_JJR
when_CS
they_PP
actually_RB
_are__???
intoxicated_JJ
._.
._.
._.
but_NP
there_RB
's_BEZ
a_DT
fine_JJ
line_NN
between_IN
just_RB
drunk_JJ
enough_RB
and_CC
drunk_JJ
into_IN
a_DT
stupor_NN
._.
under_IN
normal_JJ
circumstances_NNS
,_,
the_DT
idea_NN
of_IN
someone_PN
staggering_JJ
around_IN
looking_VBG
sloshed_VBD
but_IN
managing_JJ
to_IN
fight_NN
effectively_RB
and_CC
even_RB
incredibly_RB
might_MD
seem_VB
rather_RB
stupid_JJ
,_,
but_CC
jackie_NP
pulls_VBZ
it_PP
off_RP
with_IN
flair_NN
._.
the_DT
kung_???
fu_???
sequences_NNS
are_BER
so_RB
intricate_JJ
in_IN
their_PP$
staging_NN
and_CC
execution_NN
that_CS
it_PP
is_BEZ
pointless_JJ
to_TO
try_VB
to_IN
describe_VB
it_NN
on_IN
paper_NN
,_,
so_RB
i'll_???
just_JJ
say_NN
that_CS
the_DT
fights--especially_RB
the_DT
big_JJ
climactic_JJ
fight_NN
at_IN
the_DT
end--in_???
themselves_PPX
make_NN
the_DT
movie_NN
worth_IN
watching_VBG
._.
another_DT
thing_NN
drunken_JJ
master_NN
ii_CD
has_HVZ
going_VBG
for_CS
it_PP
is_BEZ
the_DT
stunt_NN
work_NN
._.
even_RB
without_IN
motor_NN
vehicles_NNS
(_(
well_RB
,_,
not_XNOT
counting_VBG
a_DT
train_NN
)_)
,_,
there_EX
are_BER
some_DT
remarkable_JJ
stunts_NNS
in_IN
this_DT
film_NN
._.
among_IN
other_JJ
things_NNS
,_,
jackie_NP
dives_NNS
off_IN
a_DT
balcony_NN
into_IN
a_DT
table_NN
and_CC
crawls_NNS
across_IN
hot_JJ
coals_NNS
(_(
not_XNOT
once_RB
,_,
but_CC
at_IN
_least__???
twice_RB
,_,
if_CS
you_PP
count_VB
the_DT
outtake_NN
shown_VBN
during_IN
the_DT
credits_NNS
)_)
._.
(_)
quicktime_NN
movies_NNS
of_IN
these_DT
stunts_NNS
can_MD
be_BE
found_VBN
through_IN
the_DT
www_???
movie_NN
database_NN
._.
)_)
unlike_IN
in_CD
american_JJ
films_NNS
,_,
these_DT
stunts_NNS
are_BER
_not__???
faked_JJ
._.
drunken_JJ
master_NN
ii_CD
stars_NNS
several_DT
veteran_NN
actors_NNS
of_IN
the_DT
hong_NP
kong_NP
movie_NN
scene_NN
,_,
including_IN
jackie_NP
,_,
ti_???
lung_NN
(_(
"_"
a_DT
better_JJR
tomorrow_RB
"_"
2_CD
&_???
2_CD
)_(
,_,
and_CC
anita_NP
mui_???
(_(
the_DT
"_"
heroic_JJ
trio_NN
"_"
series_NN
,_,
"_"
rumble_JJ
in_IN
the_DT
bronx_???
"_"
)_(
._.
the_DT
performances_NNS
are_BER
first-rate_JJ
,_,
especially_RB
when_CS
it_PP
comes_VBZ
to_IN
the_DT
comedy_NN
parts_NNS
of_IN
the_DT
film_NN
._.
the_DT
scene_NN
where_CS
fei-hong_JJ
and_CC
his_PP$
mother_NN
conspire_NN
literally_RB
behind_IN
fei-hong_JJ
's_POS
father_NN
's_BEZ
back_RP
to_TO
cover_VB
up_RP
for_IN
the_DT
missing_JJ
ginseng_???
root_NN
is_BEZ
hilarious_JJ
,_,
as_CS
is_BEZ
the_DT
scene_NN
where_CS
fei-hong_JJ
's_POS
mother_NN
,_,
having_HVG
just_RB
revealed_VBN
that_CS
she_PP
is_BEZ
pregnant_JJ
,_,
is_BEZ
threatening_VBG
to_TO
hurt_VB
herself_PPX
(_(
in_IN
order_NN
to_IN
draw_NN
her_PP
husband_NN
's_POS
anger_NN
away_RB
from_IN
fei-hong_JJ
)_)
._.
jackie_NP
has_HVZ
developed_VBN
his_PP$
knack_NN
for_IN
physical_JJ
comedy_NN
into_IN
a_DT
sort_NN
of_IN
mastery_NN
over_IN
the_DT
years_NNS
,_,
and_CC
he_PP
's_BEZ
in_IN
fine_JJ
form_NN
all_PDT
through_IN
drunken_JJ
master_NN
ii_CD
._.
as_CS
far_RB
as_CS
cinematography_NN
is_BEZ
concerned_JJ
,_,
it_PP
certainly_RB
works_VBZ
for_IN
this_DT
film_NN
._.
it_PP
's_BEZ
nothing_PN
spectacular_JJ
,_,
but_CC
is_BEZ
at_IN
least_DT
a_DT
dozen_NN
times_NNS
better_RBR
than_CS
all_PDT
those_DT
old_JJ
kung_???
fu_???
movies_NNS
of_IN
the_DT
70s_CD
._.
the_DT
picture_NN
is_BEZ
crisp_JJ
and_CC
clear_JJ
._.
one_CD
thing_NN
i_PP
find_VB
particularly_RB
worthy_JJ
of_IN
mention_NN
is_BEZ
that_CS
,_,
at_IN
least_DT
in_IN
the_DT
copy_NN
i_PP
have_HV
,_,
the_DT
screen_NN
was_BEDZ
wider_JJR
than_CS
any_DT
film_NN
i've_???
ever_RB
seen_VBN
on_IN
videotape_NN
before--almost_RB
a_DT
whole_JJ
3_CD
/_SYM
3_CD
of_IN
the_DT
screen_NN
was_BEDZ
blocked_VBN
out_RP
above_IN
and_CC
below_IN
._.
(_)
watch_VB
this_DT
on_IN
a_DT
bigscreen_IN
tv_NN
or_CC
movie_NN
theater_NN
if_CS
you_PP
can_MD
._.
)_(
it_NN
will_MD
be_BE
an_DT
utter_JJ
shame_NN
if_CS
this_DT
film_NN
is_BEZ
eventually_RB
pan-and-scanned_VBN
for_IN
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