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Dragon's Snakefist (1979)

Xue zhan wu ying quan (original title)
In central China, the Dragon Fist and the Jeet-Kune are two competing martial arts schools. When Dragon Fist master, Ho Cho, breaks his leg in a competition between the schools, he vows ... See full summary »

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Min Kyu Choi ...
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In central China, the Dragon Fist and the Jeet-Kune are two competing martial arts schools. When Dragon Fist master, Ho Cho, breaks his leg in a competition between the schools, he vows revenge. The Jeet-Kune school is damaged and student Lee Jin battles to regain the school in a death-duel!

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Godfrey Ho's gory kung fu romp
25 August 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

THE DRAGON'S SNAKE FIST is another South Korean-shot martial arts adventure directed by the one and only Godfrey Ho and starring what must have been his favourite actor, Dragon Lee, occasionally breaking into his best-known Bruce Lee impersonations (wiping his nose aggressively and the like). The opening credits play over one of those fun and strenuous training exercises accompanied by library music and the main theme borrowed from ENTER THE DRAGON.

Once the plot starts for real, I soon realised that the inspiration for the story is another of those 'rival school' tales that the Shaw Brothers and Jimmy Wang Yu used to make back in the day. Dragon Lee is a member of an upstanding Jeet Kune Do school who compete with a rival school of the ruthless Dragon Fist style. When one of the Dragon Fist masters is badly injured in a bout, he vows vengeance, and bloodshed ensues. It's left to Dragon Lee to clear up the mess and bring the evil ones to book.

It's undeniable that THE DRAGON'S SNAKE FIST is a cheap film because it looks cheap throughout and never pretends to be otherwise. The fights are more slapdash than profound and if you're here expecting top-level choreography then you're going to be sorely disappointed by the whole thing. In order to combat these problems, Ho decides to make his film rather gory and in doing so he also makes it memorable. Eyes are gouged out, fighters are brutally blinded while fighting, and there's even an extended torture sequence in which a young girl is used and abused. It's bloody stuff indeed that leaves a nasty taste in the mouth. There are also some cool fighting styles in the film, including some metal ring combat and even a fire eater at one point. Hardly a classic, then, but good fun nonetheless.


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