Come Drink With Me

Come Drink with Me, or Jackie Chan’s first movie as I will forever remember it as, showed much improvement from his earlier work. By implementing more of a style to his work with the use of magic and religion, he began to see what it truly meant to be a director. In this film, there was a sense of bloodlust and a desire to cut things off. In the end, the film was a metaphor for Kind Hu’s relationship with Run Run Shaw. Although it may not have started like it, this film used the main character, I’ll consider Drunken Cat, as an embodiment of King Hu. His brother (the other disciple of his master, not actual brother), as Abbot, was the embodiment of Run Run Shaw which led to the bloody sequences which conspired throughout the film. While this feud was being resolved, the film changed a little bit past the halfway point. Though not completely noticeable, action scenes were choppy and the ending appeared to be rushed. Probably due to the pause during the making of the film which led to this production to be completed at a later time. It wasn’t even edited by King Hu which also may be the reason as to why the production appeared as if it were done by two different people entirely. I can definitely say I enjoyed this film more than the week before. Not because the gore and violence or use of magic, although it certainly helped, but because the way it was filmed seemed to flow better. There were more shots that were appealing to the eye especially in the early parts of the bar scene. When the first confrontation occurred, the way the camera was angle and distanced made it seem more natural and as if we were actually there watching or were one of the people at the bar. All in all, great film with pretty good actors. One thing I noticed is that Forbidden Kingdom, a Jacke Chan and Jet Li film, is very similar with a lot of the elements in this film. The staff, a drunk monkey man, the female swallow, and probably several more elements I don’t remember at this moment.  Just a curious observation which would back up the fact that this was Jackie Chan’s first film.


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