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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)
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
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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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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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Like most movies released in Hong Kong during that time, its original soundtrack is dubbed in Mandarin, not Cantonese. The Cantonese soundtrack was dubbed years later when Cantonese became the predominant language used in the Hong Kong movies in the 1980s. See more »

Goofs

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

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Grandmaster Pai Cheng-Cheh: What a bitch. I hope she drops dead.
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One of the best of the pure Kung-fu movies
18 October 2003 | by (NY) – See all my reviews

This along with Drunken Master I (not Drunken Master II which was released in the US as Legend of Drunken Master, which is good but not great) have to be the best of the pure Kung-fu genre. This is just one great fight scene after another. The choreography is breathtaking, especially for two scenes: one where Jackie slides rags under the school master's feet, and the other where the old man doesnt allow Jackie to take his bowl. This is the original Kill Bill, just pure thrilling action. The story is so not a factor that I wont even mention it.

Jackie's Hong Kong movies are a class apart. Hollywood spoiled the martial arts genre. The new Jackie Chan movies and Jet Li etc are insufferable because of Hollywood overdoing things. I dont think there will be action as exhilarating as Hong Kong kung-fu ever again... sadly, technology takes away beautiful things. I'll end with a paraphrase of Roger Ebert's on talent: When you see anyone doing something difficult and making it look easy and *a joy*, you feel enhanced. It is a victory for the human side over the enemies of laziness and timidity.


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