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Snake Fist Fighter (1973)

Diao shou guai zhao (original title)
A old beggar from the woods secretly teaches Chien Fu kung fu as he can't afford regular classes and his "dad" doesn't want him fighting. He grows up, works as waiter and ends up fighting men from his town's crime syndicate.


Mu Chu, Hai-Feng Wei (as Hoi-Fung Ngai)


Sun Liu




Complete credited cast:
Jackie Chan ... Jackie (as Yuan Lung Chen)
Siu-Tin Yuen ... Old Master (as Hsao Ten Juan)
Hung-Lieh Chen ... Chao Ling
Dean Shek ... Landlord (as Shth Tien)
Kwok-Choi Hon ... Little Frog (as Kuo Tas Han)
Biao Yuen ... Pickpocket (as Bill Yuen)
Feng Tien ... Jackie's Foster Father
Yeong-Mun Kwon Yeong-Mun Kwon ... Big Boss
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kwok-Kuen Chan
Kam Cheung
Shao-Lin Chiang
Chun Chin ... Jackie's Uncle
Lu Chin
Yuet-Sang Chin
Feng Erh Feng Erh


Young Jackie was intrigued by Kung Fu since an early age, but his father strictly forbade its practice. One day, he meets an old beggar who offers to teach Jackie how to fight. Jackie grows up to be quite good, though he keeps his knowledge a secret until he is forced to fight by an extortion ring that's putting the squeeze on his uncle's restaurant. Written by William Pagan <ny952696@pacevm.dac.pace.edu>

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As a boy he was taught the secrets of Kung Fu, now he will use them to avenge his father's death. See more »


Action | Comedy | Drama


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Did You Know?


Jackie Chan got his screen name from his character in this movie. See more »


In the scene in the Landlord's palace we see the fat man get burned with the Old Master's pipe 9 times. Later in the film the same fat man fights Jackie but has no burns or scars. See more »

Alternate Versions

Re-edited version released in 1981 with additional footage of Siu Tien Yuen battling the landlord. See more »


Spoofs Popeye the Sailor (1960) See more »

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A tale of two halves
6 February 2005 | by slims_postSee all my reviews

This was Jackie's first lead role filmed (partly) in 1971 and originally called The Little Tiger of Canton. Jackie's father is killed in a feud between triad gangs leaving his young orphaned son to grow up, learn kung foo and avenge the death of his father. The problem is half way through the filming the director and producer did a runner leaving the actors unpaid and the movie unfinished. In 1978, after Jackie had become famous with Snake in the Eagles Shadow and Drunken master the film was finished using a dodgy Jackie look-alike. They even go to the extent of fighting blindfolded in order to hide his face. It's a shame because to spite the obvious low budget and poor script I found it fairly entertaining up to that point. So be warned unless your happy with half a Jackie Chan film (and not his best by any means)I wouldn't recommend paying the price of DVD to see it.

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Hong Kong


Mandarin | Cantonese

Release Date:

31 March 1973 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Ten Fingers of Death See more »

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Color | Color (Eastmancolor)

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2.35 : 1
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