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Snake in the Eagle's Shadow (1978)
"Se ying diu sau" (original title)

PG  |   |  Action, Comedy  |  November 1982 (USA)
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Jackie Chan is a boy who is used as a janitor at his kung-fu school. Jackie Chan can't fight and is always getting bullied by the teachers and pupils. One day an old man helps Jackie train ... See full summary »

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Chien Fu (as Lung Cheng)
Siu Tin Yuen ...
Grandmaster Pai Cheng-Tien (as Hsiao-Tien Yuan)
Jang Lee Hwang ...
Lord Sheng Kuan (as Cheng-Li Huang)
Dean Shek ...
Teacher Li (as Tien Shih)
Roy Horan ...
Russian
Hark-On Fung ...
Snake Fist School Master
Lung Chan ...
Substitute Instructor
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tien Lung Chen ...
Three Provinces Champ
Yao Lin Chen ...
Master Hung (Hung Wei School)
Kam Chiang ...
Ah Kwai, Magistrate's son
Hsia Chien
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Mr. Liang - brick-breaking demo
Hsia Hsu ...
Su Chen
Chiang Wang
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Jackie Chan is a boy who is used as a janitor at his kung-fu school. Jackie Chan can't fight and is always getting bullied by the teachers and pupils. One day an old man helps Jackie train in an art of kung-fu called the ' Snake's Fist '. Jackie doesn't get bullied again. Then Jacki creates his own style and mixes it with the Snake's Fist. His style is based on the movement and actions of a cat. One day the old man is in trouble by a man who does ' The Eagle's Claw' and Jackie helps the old man. Written by Jagtar Basi <jagtar@basi.demon.co.uk>

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Some of the assistant martial arts choreographers for 'Snake in the Eagle's Shadow' followed by 'Drunken Master' were Cory Yuen and his two brothers, Yuen Chun-Wei and Yuen Shun-Yi. See more »

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The Russian's sword wobbles and bends throughout the whole fight in which he uses it. See more »

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Lord Sheng Kuan: [Pai's cover has been blown and Sheng Kuan has him cornered] Pai Cheng-Tien, needn't run. You can't escape from me now!
Grandmaster Pai Cheng-Tien: Sheng Kuan Yuen... don't you believe that your Eagle Claw can beat everyone, it's not quite that invincible.
Lord Sheng Kuan: [chuckles wickedly] Our two techniques... for many years have been rivals. But today though, we'll see the end of yours.
Grandmaster Pai Cheng-Tien: Hmmph! Well don't you be too sure! I'm not scared of you! I'm ready to fight you, right now!
Lord Sheng Kuan: Good! But it's gonna be your last fight for sure!
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7 January 2005 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

'Snake in the Eagle's Shadow' - Jackie Chan's other breakthrough hit, along with 'Drunken Master'. Both released in 1978, these two movies made the careers of Jackie Chan and director Yuen Woo Ping, and both featured Siu Tien Yuen and Hwang Jang Lee in similar roles.

The plot follows Chien Fu (Jackie Chan), an orphan abused and mistreated by the kung-fu (evil, of course) school he works at. He can't fight until he meets Pai Cheng-Cheh (Siu Tien Yuen), a grand-master of Snake Fist, and last remaining follower of the Snake Fist style. A rivalry between the Snake Fist and Eagle Claw styles has led to the near-elimination of the Snake Fist style, and Chien Fu and Pai Cheng-Cheh find themselves being hunted by Lord Sheng Kuan (Hwang Jang Lee), the master of the Eagle Claw style.

The awesomeness of 'Snake in the Eagle's Shadow' lies in the fact that it really is quite similar to 'Drunken Master', which is also awesome. Again, the plot is a pretty standard kung-fu plot, but any plot which allows for the maximum amount of on-screen kung-fu time is a good plot. The training sequences are entertaining, and the following fight scenes are incredible - Jackie, Hwang Jang Lee and Yuen Woo Ping are all at their best here.

'Snake in the Eagle's Shadow' is an awesome and very funny movie - 10/10, a must see for all Jackie Chan fans.


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