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Snake in the Eagle's Shadow (1978) Poster

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(at around 1h 22 mins) While filming a sword fight, Jackie Chan's arm was accidentally slashed by a sword. He went on fighting, and the footage appears in the film.
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Jackie Chan got his front tooth knocked out by the powerful kick of Jang Lee Hwang. In the finale, the gap where Chan's tooth was is clearly seen.
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.
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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.
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(at around 1h 16 mins) 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 Shao Lin zui ba quan (1982) (aka "The 36th Chamber: The Final Encounter"), starring Chia-Hui Liu.
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The combination of comedy, martial arts, stunts and acrobatics had been done before, in Chia-Liang Liu's 1975 film The Spiritual Boxer (1975). However, the release of Snake in the Eagle's Shadow heralded a new direction for Hong Kong action movies.
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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, Cheung-Yan Yuen and Shun-Yee Yuen.
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Several of the training scenes in the film were duplicated in the Namco Playstation version of Tekken 3 (1997) for character Lei Wulong's ending movie. These duplicated scenes in CGI include the Egg Maze training and the Filled Waterbowl training.
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Woo-Ping Yuen's directorial debut.
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Film producer Serafim Karalexis got the rights to distribute the movie in America in the 80s, retitled "The Eagle's Shadow". It had a new score made due to copyright issues with the original score.
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First film in which Siu Tin Yuen appeared as a wandering eccentric kung fu master. He would later on reprise the same character type in different kung fu films one of which is _Drunken Master (1978)_ which also features 'Jackie Chan' as the leading character, Dean Shek as a bumbling assistant teacher and Jang Lee Hwang as the final opponent.
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