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|Product Title:||Come Drink With Me 大醉俠 大醉侠 大醉俠 Come Drink With Me|
|Artist Name(s):||Ngok Wah (Actor) | Cheng Pei Pei (Actor) | Chen Hung Lieh 岳華 (Actor) | 鄭佩佩 (Actor) | 陳鴻烈 岳华 (Actor) | 郑佩佩 (Actor) | 陈鸿烈 岳華（ンゴッ・ワー） (Actor) | 鄭佩佩（チェン・プイプイ） (Actor) | 陳鴻烈（チェン・ホンリエ） Ngok Wah (Actor) | Cheng Pei Pei (Actor) | Chen Hung Lieh|
|Director:||King Hu 胡金銓 胡金铨 胡金銓 （キン・フー） Hu Jin Quan|
|Subtitles:||English, Traditional Chinese, Bahasa (Malaysia), Bahasa (Indonesia)|
|Country of Origin:||Hong Kong|
|Picture Format:||NTSC What is it?|
|Sound Information:||Dolby Digital|
|Region Code:||3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?|
|Publisher:||Intercontinental Video (HK)|
|Package Weight:||150 (g)|
|Shipment Unit:||1 What is it?|
|YesAsia Catalog No.:||1002392505|
In 2001, There was director Ang Lee, villainess Cheng Pei-Pei, and Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon. 35 years before there was legendary director King Hu (a.k.a. Hu King-chuan)(A Touch Of Zen), beloved heroine Cheng Pei-Pei, and this universally considered one of the best Hong Kong movies ever made.. Here Cheng is Golden Swallow, who teams with swordsman Drunken Cat to battle a corrupt Buddhist monk with mystical martial arts pwoers. Without question, this production set a new standard for Asian action movies.
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Come Drink with Me was made in 1966. It was King Hu's first attempt at Wuxia genre, as well as Cheng Pei-pei and Yue Hua's debut in a Wuxia movie. Before the release of this film, Wuxia was not a popular genre in Hong Kong. In some senses, it is not inappropriate to say that Come Drink with Me was the first movie to arouse the attention of Hong Kong audience to new style Wuxia film. King Hu was also known as a synonym of Wuxia genre later.
The story begins with the kidnap of a government official by the notorious "Five Tigers". In response to this case, Golden Swallow (Cheng Pei-pei), the sister of the government official, starts her rescue mission. Being pure and inexperienced, she does not know that she is stepping into a trap that is set up by the "Five Tigers". Luckily, she comes across a mysterious drunk man (Yue Hua) who appears to be a skillful and profound martial arts master. The two of them join force and fight off the enemies eventually. If we see it from our perspective in the 21st century, this story may not seem very intricate or appealing, as most of us have already seen too many Wuxia movies with a similar plot device before, but try to imagine, this movie was the first of their kind in the 1960s when nobody has handled a Wuxia story in this way before, so what Hu did was just like the reinvention of the kung fu genre by Bruce Lee in the 1970s. It's no wonder why it could become a such smash hit at that time and the impact was so huge that after this movie, Wuxia genre has become one of the most popular types of movie in Hong Kong for a long time.
As there are already too many books and research materials about director King Hu and his movies, I am not planning to spend too much time to talk about all the technical information I know about him. I would rather like to share some of my personal response after seeing this movie. To me, one of the most impressive aspects of King Hu's movie is his aesthetic consideration. Unlike many other Hong Kong movies at that time, his compositions are always carefully constructed. For instance, when Golden Swallow first appears in the beginning of the film, the background of the small town looks extremely sophisticated, even though this setting only appears once in the movie. Later in the movie, scenes like the buddhist temple and the small hut of Fan Dabei are also elaborate. You can feel the attention to details obviously. In addition to the compositions, camera work is also highly appreciated. The consideration of camera angle is not merely for the sake of storytelling, there is also an unique and significant artistic touch.
Aesthetic consideration is not limited to composition or camera work only, the action choreography is also very elegant. It is very different from any hardcore action movies we see today in which a lot of blood is shed, Hu's fight scenes are very exquisite and acrobatic. The movements of the actors are not fast or authentic, in some senses, they are more like dancing than fighting. To me, Ang Lee's Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon is the most devoted successor of King Hu's Wuxia film that captures Hu's spirit wholeheartedly. No matter the aesthetic consideration of the settings or the elegant and acrobatic fight scenes, everything is just evolved from Hu's films.
If you want to learn about renowned master King Hu's world of Wuxia, Come Drink with Me is no doubt a good place to start. The digitally remastered DVD/VCD released by Celestial Pictures/IVL is excellent, the picture and sound qualities are so good that it's not hard to believe if someone says this is a brand new movie produced this year. Unfortunately, the interviews have no subtitles, if you don't speak English, you may not be able to enjoy any of them.
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December 20, 2006
If you love swordplay, this is a definate classic to have in your collection. The characters are your idealistic Chinese romantics. Beautifully presented, recognizable classic actors like Yue Hua, Cheng Pei Pei & director King Hu. The story moves along fairly well & the action/swordplay is still impressive regardless of when this film was made. (no confusingly fast camera angles or ridiculous wire work, just good ol' fashion, traditional movie story telling)
The end is somewhat anti-climactic but there is a sense of closure. Having a remastered edition makes if all the more worth while.
April 25, 2004
The movie takes a bad turn after the temple fight.
It almost seems like another director took over or King Hu
was rushed to finish making the movie by the Shaw brothers.
Anyway, it is still a must see, great music score and picture.
February 24, 2004
Come Drink With Me
A good example of DVD publishing: the film has been restored to bright new picture quality. Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS options make it sound wonderful, with the operatic drums in the score particularly impressive. Bonus features include a few interesting interviews, with Cheng Pei Pei's 20 minutes or so quite in depth. There is the standard offering of Trailers, but a couple of the other Features are a bit spurious. Production Notes, for instance, turn out to be the blurb on the box.
There's a very good commentary track with Hong Kong cinema expert Bey Logan, familiar to fans of the the UK Hong Kong Legends DVDs where he is a regular commentator. He is joined by Cheng Pei Pei and her daughter. The only weak point is that the recording levels are unbelievably misjudged. Cheng and Logan sound like they are far away from the microphone while Cheng's daughter sounds like the mike is next to her face. Turn the voulme up to hear Cheng properly and you'll be regularly deafened by her daughter's contributions. Without meaning to be unkind, this seating arrangement is precisely the opposite of what you want considering what each participant has to say.
As for the film itself, it is a wonderful bit of storytelling. The action is deliberately slow and achieves a tension that more familiar fast-paced action film styles miss. Cheng Pei Pei is a very charismatic lead which, for me, gives this film the edge over Dragon Gate Inn.
February 8, 2003
I saw this movie years ago, and while it is not
as good as Dragon Gate Inn, it is very good.
The Dragon Gate Inn (don't where I can get the dvd?)
really propelled King Hu to one of the
top ranked directors in HK.
I plan to purchase this movie, just
one question though, is it digitally
remastered from the Shaw film library?
January 9, 2003
Cheng Pei Pei before "Crouching Tiger ..." BRAVA !
For those who only come to know about Cheng Pei Pei as
that old, ugly villainess in "Crouching Tiger Hidden
Dragon", here's your chance to see her in her fighting
"debut"--and WHAT a fighter she was !!!! No wonder Ang
Lee wanted her to play that arch villain in "Crouching Tiger.." Here's hoping Shaw/Celestial will re-release
all her kung-fu movies and forget those awful modern
dress musicals (like "Hongkong Nocturne")! To Madame
Cheng Pei Pei---"BRAVA ! BRAVISSIMA !" for all those
fast moves and poetic dance-like swings---go get the
enemies and stab them with chopsticks, coins etc !!!