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Snake and Crane Arts of Shaolin (1978)
"She he ba bu" (original title)

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Jackie Chan stars as the young warrior Hsu Yiu Fong. Hsu has been entrusted with the book of the "Art of the Snake and Crane," after the mysterious disappearance of the eight Shaolin ... See full summary »



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Credited cast:
Hsu Yin-Fung (as Jacky Chan)
Nora Miao ...
Tang Pin-Er
Jeong-Nam Kim ...
(as Ching Lan Kim)
Yung-kuo Li ...
(as Yung Kuok Lee)
Ya Ying Liu ...
(Guest star)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hsin Yi Chen
Kang Chin
Chun Cho
Han Chang Hu
Kuan-hsien Huang
Sang-ho Ju
Ki Bum Kim
Wang Kuk Kim
Min-Lang Li
Wen Tai Li


Jackie Chan stars as the young warrior Hsu Yiu Fong. Hsu has been entrusted with the book of the "Art of the Snake and Crane," after the mysterious disappearance of the eight Shaolin Masters who had written it. He must fight off numerous clans who are all attempting to steal the book from him, to find out the true reason for the disappearance of the Shaolin Masters. Written by Torkel Mathisen <>

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shaolin | art | kung fu | martial arts


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8 March 1978 (Hong Kong)  »

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Snake and Crane Arts of Shaolin  »

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Who can stand against the Snake & Crane Arts of Shaolin?
25 March 2005 | by See all my reviews

To start with, this is one of the best old skool Kung Fu movies out there! and now to the nitty gritty...

Every year, the Masters of all the Shaolin divisions gather for combining and developing the best technique based on their supreme kung fu knowledge & experience, now they have formed the ultimate kung fu technique making "The Book of the Eight Steps of Snake & Crane".

but mysteriously hereafter, the 8 Masters of Shaolin disappear along with the most valuable book, and chaos reigns in South China Until one day, when a young stranger comes to town named Hsu Yin Fung, or better known to us as Jackie Chan, carrying the precious book. Now this definitely means action, and in big quantities - all the kung fu clans want this book for themselves, but Hsu Yin Fung has mastered the art which is written there! even more, not only that Hsu Yin Fung does not keep the fact that he has the book very secret as you would expect him to do, he also has a bad habit: he likes fighting people who fight well, as he puts it in the movie.

yes ladies & gentlemen, this movie is loaded with fighting scenes! there are heaps of them to surely satisfy any kung fu movies fan, while the plot itself is also interesting, it is not the usual formula of kung fu movies, a lot of colorful characters appear in this film, and there are no dull moments, the story keeps it's rhythm fluently.

There is also some humor weaved in the story although not exactly the kind of humor you might be used to from other Jackie Chan's movies, note this - Jackie does not do any slapstick like humor by himself, here he is the toughest guy around and he has no problem showing it. most of his films, Jackie is not reluctant to kick ass, nor to straight forward declare that he can, but here it's a whole different tale...

one last thing, in the opening scenes of the movie (and later on) The Dragon Spear is mentioned: a weapon which is given to The ShaoLin Master Lin who was given the book at first to assist him in this, but we never get to see this spear in the movies it is only mentioned so don't build up expectations.

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