6.6/10
143
4 user 8 critic

Snuff Bottle Connection (1977)

Shen tui tie shan gong (original title)
As China and Russia's governments are talking peace, traitorous agents on both sides seek war. Enter John Liu as a special agent sent to identify who the Russian traitor is and who his contact is within the walls of the Forbidden City.

Directors:

Li-Li Liu, Chin Hu Tung

Writer:

Liang-Tai Tu (screenplay)
Reviews

Watch Now

With Prime Video

ON DISC
ALL

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Action | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A year after training young Jackie Chan in the Drunken Fist, Sam the Seed discovers he has a son, Foggy. He tries to train Foggy but to no avail. Foggy is then trained in Drunken Fist from ... See full summary »

Director: Woo-Ping Yuen
Stars: Siu Tin Yuen, Jung-Lee Hwang, Linda Lin
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Hwang Jang Lee is a corrupt Ming guard who frames John Liu for murder. A wanted fugitive, John hides out with a teen who is an expert in the infamous Iron Armor technique, a technique that ... See full summary »

Director: See-Yuen Ng
Stars: John Liu, Jung-Lee Hwang, Chiang Wang
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A ruthless white haired general intends to take over a small town with the help of his "Five Hands Gang"

Directors: Chung Ting, Chung-Kuang Wang
Stars: Tien-Chi Cheng, Kai Chia, Cheng-Lan Chen
Action | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Ah Chi (Ka-Yan Leung) is obsessed with the martial arts and, more often than not, his kung-fu clowning gets him into trouble. One day he gets into a fight defending the locals from a ... See full summary »

Director: Wing-Cho Yip
Stars: Ka-Yan Leung, Yi Lung Huang, Feng Cheng
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A snake style expert travels the lands, imposing his mastery on others, until he runs into a monkey expert living on the edge of a small town, who defeats him soundly. The snake expert ... See full summary »

Director: Sum Cheung
Stars: John Cheung, Yao Lin Chen, Pomson Shi
Action | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

Beggar So is trying to train brother and sister team Chung and Gam Fa, with mixed results! But an enemy from Beggar So's past, Grasshopper Bill Chan and his brother Cougar start causing ... See full summary »

Director: Hai-Feng Wei
Stars: Siu Tin Yuen, Pan Pan Yeung, Casanova Wong
Sleeping Fist (1979)
Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

After being beaten by some thugs, police officer Chin Tai Ba (Leung Kar Yan) learns the Sleeping Fist style from martial arts master Chung Yiu (Yuen Siu Tin). After mastering his training, ... See full summary »

Director: Wing-Cho Yip
Stars: Ka-Yan Leung, Siu Tin Yuen, Ling-Lung Ouyang
Secret Rivals (1976)
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Two rivals, Sheng from the South and Shao from the North, have one common enemy, the Silver Fox. The Silver Fox killed Shao's parents and robbed from Sheng's palace. When each one fails to ... See full summary »

Directors: James Nam, See-Yuen Ng
Stars: John Liu, Don Wong, Jung-Lee Hwang
Action | Drama | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

When a Black Panther's whole family is wiped out by a ruthless band of assassins, he's determined to avenge their murder. The gang think he's weak but they didn't reckon with him employing the aid of a martial arts genius.

Director: Shan Hua
Stars: Billy Chong, Carl Scott, Louis Neglia
The Victim (1980)
Action | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Chung Yao, a martial arts expert, has long been on the run from his stepbrother, who he caught trying to rape his wife on their wedding night. His brother has never given up the chase ... See full summary »

Director: Sammo Kam-Bo Hung
Stars: Ka-Yan Leung, Sammo Kam-Bo Hung, Yi Chang
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Supposedly dead, embittered former official, The Ghost Face Killer has returned and seeking revenge on those martial arts masters than once opposed him - his name is infamous and his Five ... See full summary »

Director: Joseph Kuo
Stars: Jack Long, Yi-Min Li, Kuan-Wu Lung
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

The sleepy town of Black Stone erupts into martial turmoil when a counterfeiting ring run by the mysterious golden haired gorilla Mr. Lung comes under the scrutiny of an undercover agent ... See full summary »

Director: Tso Nam Lee
Stars: Tao-Liang Tan, Don Wong, Ming Chin
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
John Liu
Jung-Lee Hwang ... Magistrate (as Jang Lee Hwang)
Yi Lung Huang Yi Lung Huang ... (as I Lung Huang)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Charles Bonet
Yuet Sang Chin
Phil Cohen Phil Cohen ... Russian Bodyguard
Roy Horan Roy Horan ... Russian Prime Minister
Chin Hsiao Chin Hsiao
Hsia Hsu
Ti-Men Kan
Fei Kao Fei Kao
Robert Kerver Robert Kerver ... Russian Bodyguard
Tae-jeong Kim Tae-jeong Kim ... (as Lung Tang)
Erh-yuan Ko Erh-yuan Ko
Yi-shih Lu Yi-shih Lu
Edit

Storyline

As China and Russia's governments are talking peace, traitorous agents on both sides seek war. Enter John Liu as a special agent sent to identify who the Russian traitor is and who his contact is within the walls of the Forbidden City.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Action

Edit

Details

Country:

Taiwan

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

15 September 1977 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Eine Prise für tödliche Pfeifen See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Fortuna Film Company See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
genre classic
23 June 2006 | by winner55See all my reviews

Snuffbottle connection - Tsui Hark borrowed some ideas for from this film for the third Once Upon a Time in China film; it is considered a classic of the late chop-sock 'fu film era (around 1980), for a number of very good reasons. The fight scenes are, for the most part, excellent. John Liu and Jang Lee Hwang, both talented kick-fighters, are neatly matched as opposing participants in a political intrigue for the future of China's relations with Russia. Meng Fei turns in his best-ever performance (as far as I'm aware), thanks in no small part to a fairly mature dramatic script, certainly far better than the scripts for most of the films in this genre at that time. Even the occasional interjections of humor are well placed. The story also shows considerable savvy as regards the historical politics of China at the end of the 19th century. The camera work and editing are solidly professional. Overall, a fine example of the genre just before the infusion of new blood (ie.e., e.g., Jackie Chan) would necessitate a rewrite of all the rules.


1 of 3 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 4 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed