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She nu yu chao (1978)

The tribe of a remote island worships the legendary Snake Pearl. Two masters of kung fu visit the isle and discover they must defend the daughter of the murdered chief against a evil wizard.


(as Chi-Yen Yang)



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Credited cast:
Bruce Li ...
Chang Wan-li (as Chung Tao Ho)
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(as Danna)
Sing Chen ...
King of the Snake Cult
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lik Cheung
Yi-Hsiung Chi
(as Chih Ling Chao)
Alan Ellerton
Ju Fang
Bao-Hsing Ho
Chih-Kuang Huang
Kar-Yung Lau ...
(as Chia Yung Liu)
Hoi Sang Lee
Chin-Kun Li ...
Chin Sang
Fa Yuan Li
Yang Yang Lin


The tribe of a remote island worships the legendary Snake Pearl. Two masters of kung fu visit the isle and discover they must defend the daughter of the murdered chief against a evil wizard.

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Join Bruce Li in the jungles of New Guinea .... in a life and death struggle with the serpent wizard


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1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bruce in New Guinea  »

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Did You Know?


When the native girl who escaped being sacrificed by the snake people opens her mouth, some very modern dental fillings are visible. See more »


Referenced in The Big Box: Don't Open the Door (2010) See more »

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Monkeys, magic, snakes, and people fighting
23 February 2016 | by See all my reviews

The movie starts with a quick opening fight with Bruce Li versus a few muggers. Next Larry and Bruce explain where they are going and why. A 747 takes then to the jungles of New Guinea where they trudge along to burn up some film time. The banana gag bombs then at night there is a brief fight as they save a native girl from being sacrificed. Next morning the Devil Sect displays their (lack of) fighting skills. Larry and Bruce bump into another guy who is searching for the pearl. After a brief fight they team up. Next a group a natives attack then flee.

All the fights so far have been basic, brief, distant, hesitant, and totally lack any real power. They continued to be all that for the rest of the movie plus clumsy, off-balance and monotonous too. All the non- fight parts are either exposition (often repeating what is already known or obvious) or actors moving from one spot to another in long and dragged out motion. The guys are split up and fight. Though Bruce is fine he seems to be missing then he returns home on an airplane. What was that all about? He returns weird and dreaming of some "island girl". There is a flashback and a man in a monkey suit is involved.

Bruce had a romantic interlude on the island, was forced to leave, and now he must return – so he returns. As if the fights weren't bad enough they bring in three Western stunt men and Larry Lee gets killed off. IMDb has an 80 minute run time for this movie and the reviewers mention a lot of nudity. Yet the copy I came across had no nudity and the run was 95 minutes. This movie has a reputation as one of the worst if not the very worst martial arts movies ever made – yet I watched it. Yes, it is a deep stinker and I rate it 1 out of 10.

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