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

 -  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)
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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
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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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Storyline

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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Trivia

In the cat fight with the cobra scene, as the cat emerges from behind the wooden ladder, a twine tethered to the cat is visible. As the cat tries to run away, the twine stretches taught. This might explain why the cat would stay and fight the cobra, rather than run away. This would not be the first time a tethered animal is forced to fight a cobra in Hong Kong kung fu films, as a monkey is seen tethered in the animal fight scene in "Shaolin Drunken Monk" (aka "The 36th Chamber: The Final Encounter"), starring Gordon Liu. See more »

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

Quotes

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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Jackie's First Success
18 August 2005 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

I believe this was Jackie Chan's first widely successful movie freed from the constraints of Lo Wei and working with a different director allowed Jackie to move into a different direction and stop trying to be the new Bruce Lee (as if anyone ever could be!).

Surprisingly the humour translates pretty well and both Jackies cruel martial arts school employer and the kindly martial artist he meets and befriends are well drawn comedic characters. The sometimes bizarre fighting styles all named after animals are a joy to behold and Jackie and all the other martial artists involved show just how skillful they are with some truly memorable twists on the old school kung-fu style fighting. Many of those in this film came together again a year later to make the equally excellent Drunken Master.

I would recommend this film to any martial arts fan as a must see, it's also an excellent entry point if your interested in looking into martial arts action films in general. 8/10


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