Dance of the Drunk Mantis

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Dance of the Drunk Mantis
Directed by Yuen Woo-ping
Produced by Ng See-yuen
Written by Ng See-yuen
Lung Hsiao
Starring Yuen Siu-tien
Hwang Jang Lee
Linda Lin
Yuen Shun Yee
Charlie Shek
Yuen Kwai
Music by Chen Fei Chi
Cinematography Cheung Hoi
Edited by Pan Hsiung
Allan Poon
Distributed by Seasonal Film Corporation
Release date
27 June 1979 (1979-06-27)
Running time
91 mins
Country Hong Kong
Language Cantonese
Not to be confused with Drunken Master II aka Legend of Drunken Master.

Dance of the Drunk Mantis (Chinese: 南北醉拳) is a 1979 Hong Kong kung fu comedy film directed by Yuen Siu-tien's real life son Yuen Woo-ping, starring Yuen Siu-tien, Hwang Jang Lee, Linda Lin, Yuen Shun-yee, Charlie Shek and Yuen Kwai. This was Yuen Siu-tien's final film appearance before his death on 8 January 1979 from a heart attack.


The year after training a young Freddy Wong (Jackie Chan) in Drunken Boxing, Beggar So / Sam Seed returns to find that his wife has adopted a son Foggy. Sam takes a disliking to the boy and tortures him mentally and physically. Devastated, the boy runs away and takes a job at an inn, where he meets Rubber Legs and his student. He overhears that they are looking for Beggar So and want to kill him, making Rubber Legs' Northern 'Drunk Mantis' Boxing supreme.

However, Foggy returns home to warn Beggar So, who has been injured by Rubber Legs. Beggar So sends Foggy to a sickness teacher for herbs to cure him, and the doctor teaches him a dreaded style called 'Sickness Boxing'. Now, armed with this sick form of fighting, Foggy is ready for Drunk Mantis. In the end, Foggy goes berserk and kills Rubber Legs. Unable to escape from his trance, he sees Rubber Legs when he looks at Beggar So and attacks him. The film closes with a freeze frame as Foggy leaps after his adopted father as the doctor watches on.


  • Yuen Siu-tien – Beggar So / Sam Seed
  • Hwang Jang Lee – Rubber Legs
  • Linda Lin Ying - Beggar So's wife
  • Yuen Shun-yee – Foggy
  • Charlie Shek – Moneybags
  • Yuen Kwai - Rubber Legs' student
  • David Wu – Pickpocket
  • Yen Shi-kwan - Sickness Master
  • Brandy Yuen - Fake Sam Seed
  • Sharon Noble - Various Women

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