Drunken Lu Chi-sen 
Breaking the Guardian Statue of Kongo in Mount Godai Temple

YOSHITOSHI TSUKIOKA: Drunken Lu Chi-sen Breaking the Guardian Statue of Kongo in Mount Godai Temple: 1887

Lu Chi Shen (Lu Zhi Shen/Zhishen in Chinese translations) is creditted with originating the Drunken Kung Fu style, of which Jackie Chan is the modern master. His story is told in the first secion of The Water Margin, a Chinese epic set in the Sung dynasty (960-1279).

Lu Da, a heavily tattooed soldier, murdered a notable to protect a girl and her father from his persecution. To escape justice, he became a monk, but his riotous habits and hatred of injustice meant no monastery could tolerate him for long. The incident in this print tells of a fight Lu Chi got into while he was at Godai (Chinese Wutai) Monastery. He arrived back at the monastery one night very drunk, so the other monks would not let him in, as drunkedness was an unacceptable state in which to enter a holy place. He ended up fighting and defeating them all -- and the temple guardian -- thus the origin of Drunken Kung-fu.

 

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