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Release Date:
November 1982 (USA) See more »
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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Jackie Chan ... 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

Chi Ling Chiu ... Mr. Liang - brick-breaking demo
Hsia Hsu ... Su Chen
Chiang Wang
Gam Yam ... Chang, The Cook
Chris Hilton ... Chien Fu (voice) (uncredited)
Warren Rooke ... Grandmaster Pai Cheng-Tien (voice) (uncredited)
Rik Thomas ... Russian (voice) (uncredited)
Ted Thomas ... Master Shang Kuan Yin / Teacher Chui (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Woo-Ping Yuen 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Chi Yuan Hsi  writer
Huo An Hsi  writer
See-Yuen Ng  screenplay
Loong Shiao  writer
Chi-Kuang Tsai  screenplay

Produced by
See-Yuen Ng .... producer
Original Music by
Fu Liang Chou  (as Fu-Liang Chou)
Jean-Michel Jarre (uncredited)
Didier Marouani (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Hai Chang 
Film Editing by
Hung Poon  (as Hung Yiu Poon)
Production Design by
Yuen-Tai Ting 
Costume Design by
Kuan-Kai Kong 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lung Hsiao .... assistant director
Art Department
Shi Cheng Yang .... props
Sound Department
Hung-Ta Chi .... sound mixer
Editorial Department
David Block .... colorist (uncredited)
Other crew
Hsia Hsu .... fighting instructor
Nan Liang .... production assistant
Hsi Tan .... continuity
Yu Tang .... continuity
Woo-Ping Yuen .... martial arts director
Cheung-Yan Yuen .... martial arts director (uncredited)
Corey Yuen .... martial arts director (uncredited)
Shun-Yee Yuen .... martial arts director (uncredited)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Se ying diu sau" - Hong Kong (original title)
"Eagle's Shadow" - USA (reissue title)
"Snake and the Eagle's Shadow" - Philippines (English title)
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98 min | Argentina:97 min | Germany:90 min | UK:92 min | USA:90 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Canada:PG | Canada:G (Quebec) | Germany:16 (cut) | New Zealand:M | Singapore:PG | South Korea:12 (DVD rating) | Spain:T | UK:18 (cut) | UK:X (original rating) | USA:PG (certificate #26869) | West Germany:12 (cut)

Did You Know?

Sheng Fu was supposed to star as Chien Fu, but was refused by Run Run Shaw; head of the Shaw Brothers Studio. This led to Jackie Chan being cast in the role.See more »
Revealing mistakes: (at around 1h 23 mins) The Russian's sword wobbles and bends throughout the whole fight in which he uses it.See more »
Grandmaster Pai Cheng-Cheh:What a bitch. I hope she drops dead.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Mask of Zorro (1998)See more »


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13 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Jackie's First Success, 18 August 2005
Author: no-skyline from London, England

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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