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Snake Fist Fighter (1973)

Diao shou guai zhao (original title)
R | | Action, Comedy, Drama | 1973 (Hong Kong)
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.

Directors:

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

Writer:

Sun Liu
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

Snake Fist is the deadliest form of Kung-Fu! See more »

Genres:

Action | Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Mandarin | Cantonese

Release Date:

1973 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Ten Fingers of Death See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color | Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

During the fight between the poor man and the landlord, some of the music used is from Popeye. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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Edited into Fist to Fist (2000) See more »

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What version do you have?
13 July 2013 | by ckormos1See all my reviews

Fans need to know there are three edits of this movie. Another possible title is "Cub Tiger from Kwantung." Other than that there is no way of knowing which one you have by looking at the box or titles. You have one chance in three of getting the one that is not that bad and two chances in three of getting the stinkers. If I could do video editing I could put together a fourth version that would be as good as any Jackie Chan movie (without needing any additional scenes). If there's a guy with a moustache at the beginning of your DVD then go out and buy another one. Both of the stinkers begin with the guy in the moustache. Any time you see Jackie Chan fighting this guy in the moustache (Kwang Yung-Moon) it is NOT Jackie Chan. The better version begins with Tien Feng and brother fighting Chen Hung-Lieh. The scene ends with Tien Feng escaping to raise his dead brother's child, who is the grown up Jackie Chan in the next scene. Though this is the better version it skips the scenes of the child growing up and tutored by Simon Yuen. Further problem is that in one version Simon Yuen is a borderline pedophile who puts the boy bare ass into a bag of snakes. The other version is far more "family oriented." My idea of the best (my fourth version) would be to begin the movie with the child watching the kung fu school practice. This version unfortunately seques into the snakes in a bag scene. Instead replace that segment with the scene from the other version with Simon Yuen holding a chicken leg out for the child to grab. The master/student scenes in this edit are not creepy at all. There is also a rape scene that comes and goes and even comes again after it was cut (if that makes any sense... really it was like that). Also in one version with Simon Yuen there are some totally unnecessary scenes where he is teaching Jackie's body double. Most important of all in this genre is the final fight. Both versions with moustache guy end with a fight with Jackie's body double. The good version ends with an eight minute long fight on a dock. This is Chen Hung-Lieh (and occasionally his body double) versus the one and only totally real Jackie Chan. This is a darn good fight. Fans of Jackie or old school martial arts movies need to see this fight. So get the right version and just rest assured despite some things being dumb by the time the beer buzz hits you will be watching some real good action at the final 8-9 minutes.


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