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Dian mai
Dian mai ('to hit the blood vessels') or Dim Mak in Cantonese are fighting techniques aiming at blood vessels and acupuncture meridians in order to disturb the circulation of qi and thus provoke serious injuries, even death. Those techniques imply a very good knowledge in the hours of the internal energy's circulation and meridians. (also see Dian xue)

Dian xue
Dian xue ('to hit the vital points') is a fighting technique aiming at the acupuncture points in order to disturb the circulation of qi and thus provoke serious injuries, even death. According to the pressure of the stroke there can be a delay effect. Those techniques are secretly kept by the great masters and are only disclosed to very few disciples who are trustworthy and whose gong fu level is very advanced. Those techniques have somewhat declined with the introduction of firearms in China.

In Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon by Ang Lee, Jade Fox (Cheng Pei Pei) uses the dian xue to paralyze her enemy. (also see Dian mai)

Dim Sum
Dim sum (dian xin) - "which touches the heart" – is a small portion of sweet or salty food from Guangdong province. Dim sum is served at lunchtime in restaurants. There is a great variety of dim sum which can come in ravioli, doughnuts, rolls, triangles, pastry, soups, tarts, etc.

David Wu Tai Wai hints at it in the report "A l'épreuve du temps" available on the zone 2 DVD of Hard Boiled.

Source : Le grand guide de Hong-Kong (1990) Ed : Gallimard

Drunken Master (technic)
The drunkard boxing was mostly popularized by Drunken Master and its sequel Drunken Master 2 in which Wong Fei-hong (Jackie Chan) pretends (or not) he is drunk to deconstruct his kung fu so as to destabilize the opponent who then doesn't know how to react to these movements.

See From street to silver screen: Beggar So/Su Hua-qi

Selected Filmography :

78: Drunken Master.
78: Heroes of the East (Lau Kar Keung puis Gordon Liu)
78: Peculiar Boxing Trick and the Master Aka Drunken Master Vs Battling Wizard. (with Simon Yuen)
79: Dance Of The Drunken Mantis.
79: The Story Of Drunken Master
79: World Of The Drunken Master
79: Iron Bridge Kung-Fu Aka: Mean Drunken Master (4 movies with Simon Yuen)
81: Shaolin Drunken Monkey
82: Shaolin Drunken Monk
82: No One Can Touch Her (with Judy Lee playing a blind master)
84: Drunken Tai Chi (mainly Tai Chi than drunking !)
92: Legend Of The Drunken Tiger
93: Last Hero In China.
93: Beggar So.
94: Drunken Master II
94: Drunken Master III
95: The Little Drunken Masters
2002: Drunken Monkey.


The majority of martial arts films take place under the Manchu occupation, the Qing dynasty which lasted from the fall of the Ming in 1664 to the founding of the Chinese Republic in 1912. However, it must be known that before there was the Song dynasty founded in 960, fallen twice into the hands of the Mongolians in 1150 for the Northern half of the country, and in 1279 for the South. The latter founded the Yuan dynasty which reigned until 1368 when a revolt drove them out to establish the Ming dynasty.

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