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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.


Chi-Hwa Chen


Hsin Yi Chang (screenplay)


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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


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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Hong Kong | Taiwan



Release Date:

8 March 1978 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Snake and Crane Arts of Shaolin See more »

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


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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26 June 2001 | by Nick_VorobyovSee all my reviews

This film is one of Jackie's best old movies!! People say "Jackie Chan's" old films suck, well they are wrong about this one!!! In this film Jackie kicks people from left to right till the end!!! This film has the usual story were everyone want's to find the stolen book with some style in it!! When I brought the film I wasn't expecting much, but I got too much after all. This film has like 11 action scenes!!!! I haven't seen any old Jackie film with soo much action!! I like how Jackie uses the thing around him as props. Also there are no real stunt's in this film but the action is good. The action is sometimes slow and sometimes fast. Like for example when there was a sword fight, you can call that a fast action scene. But when there was hand to hand action that's slow but not alway's. And the story itself is pretty good. Because in other Jackie film the story is the same and it just get's boring after a while. So I think I sad enough about this great action packed film. So go rent or buy it today!!!!!

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