World of the Drunken Master can be viewed as both a sequel and prequel (at least in an unofficial capacity) to Yuen Woo-Ping's original effort, with the film portraying events occurring both before and after Drunken Master. The movie centers on Beggar So (played by Simon Yuen in Drunken Master, who makes a cameo as the character in a pre-credits sequence) and his relationship with fellow drunken boxing master Fan Ta Pei. As young men with a passion for the drink and wanting to make the best wine, they both seek the special grapes grown by Chang Chi. Chi catches the pair stealing his product, and puts them to work in his field. After So and Fan try and fight off some thugs threatening the local merchants, Chi sees that they have some potential and begins teaching them drunken boxing, which they eventually put to use as the same thugs try to take over Chi's plantation.