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Snake and Crane Arts of Shaolin (1978)

She he ba bu (original title)
A martial arts book, which Hsu Yin-Fung (Jackie Chan) carries, is being highly sought by various clans and gangs, but he is in pursuit of someone himself.

Director:

Chi-Hwa Chen

Writer:

Hsin Yi Chang (screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Jackie Chan ... Hsu Yin-Fung (as Jacky Chan)
Nora Miao ... Tang Pin-Er
Jeong-Nam Kim ... (as Ching Lan Kim)
Yung-Kuo Li Yung-Kuo Li ... (as Yung Kuok Lee)
Ya Ying Liu ... (Guest star)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hsin Yi Chen
Kang Chin
Chun Cho Chun Cho
Han Chang Hu
Kuan-Hsien Huang Kuan-Hsien Huang
Sang-ho Ju Sang-ho Ju
Ki Bum Kim Ki Bum Kim
Wang Kuk Kim Wang Kuk Kim
Min-Lang Li
Wen Tai Li
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A book developed by eight martial arts masters before their mysterious disappearance is being sought by various clans and gangs. The inscrutable Xu Ying-feng is pursued by them for both this and answers but is in pursuit of someone himself. Written by Scott Napier

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shaolin | art | kung fu | martial arts | See All (4) »

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Action | Drama

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Country:

Hong Kong | Taiwan

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

8 March 1978 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Snake and Crane Arts of Shaolin See more »

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Runtime:

| (uncut)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The music used in the movie's opening sequence is Ice Floe 9 by Pierre Arvay, from the De Wolfe Music library. The same piece was also used for the opening credits of Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975). See more »

Goofs

Around 37m, when Hsu Yin-Fung fights Sing Chu, playing the "cartwheel" sequence in slow motion (or pausing the film at the right moment) will reveal that the hole in the ground supposedly created by Chu's punch was there before his fist hit the ground. See more »

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Dangerous Days
(Main Theme from the Japanese Theatrical Version)
Written by Gregory Starr
Composed by Tetsushi Hayashi
Courtesy of Nippon Columbia Records
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Jackie Chan is pigtailed wanderer
4 June 2002 | by abentenjoSee all my reviews

When the Eight Steps of the Snake and Crane manual disappears along with the Shaolin masters who devised it, the martial arts world is said to be in disarray. Hsu (Jackie), a pigtailed wanderer (you know the sort), claims he possesses the coveted book and summarily every goddamn scoundrel wants a piece of it, and a piece of Hsu. That's more than enough to go on in this rather tame yet fulfilling chopsocky. The most redeeming factor: a straight Chan performance that's convincing and barely pretentious, featuring some of his best traditional choreography ever put on celluloid. Back in reality, though, the movie proved yet another major flop for the Lo Wei Motion Picture Co.


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