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Snake in the Eagle's Shadow (1978)

Se ying diu sau (original title)
PG | | Action, Comedy | November 1982 (USA)
An orphan who has been raised at a kung fu school, where he is treated as little more than a dogsbody and practice target for the students, has a life-changing experience after helping an old peripatetic beggar.


Woo-Ping Yuen




Credited cast:
Jackie Chan ... Chien Fu (as Lung Cheng)
Siu-Tin Yuen ... Grandmaster Pai Cheng-Tien (as Hsiao-Tien Yuan)
Jang-Lee Hwang ... Lord Sheng Kuan (as Cheng-Li Huang)
Dean Shek ... Teacher Li (as Tien Shih)
Roy Horan Roy Horan ... Russian
Hark-On Fung ... Snake Fist School Master
Lung Chan ... Substitute Instructor
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tien Lung Chen ... Three Provinces Champ
Yao Lin Chen ... Master Hung (Hung Wei School)
Kam Cheung ... Ah Kwai, Magistrate's son (as Kam Chiang)
Hsia Chien Hsia Chien
Chi Ling Chiu ... Mr. Liang - brick-breaking demo
Hsia Hsu ... Su Chen
Jack Long ... (as Chiang Wang)
Gam Yam Gam Yam ... Chang, The Cook


Chien Fu (Jackie Chan) is a boy who is used as a janitor at his kung fu school. Fu can't fight and is always getting bullied by the teachers and pupils. One day, an old man helps Fu train in an art of kung fu called the "Snake's Fist". Fu doesn't get bullied again. Then Fu creates his own style and mixes it with the Snake's Fist. His style is based on the movement and actions of a cat. One day, the old man is in trouble by a man who does "The Eagle's Claw", and Fu helps the old man. Written by Jagtar Basi <jagtar@basi.demon.co.uk>

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Action | Comedy


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Did You Know?


Movie Producer Serafim Karalexis got the rights to distribute this movie in America in the 80s, retitled "The Eagle's Shadow". It had a new score made due to copyright issues with the original score. See more »


(at around 1h 23 mins) The Russian's sword wobbles and bends throughout the whole fight in which he uses it. See more »


Lord Sheng Kuan: [after Chien Fu surprises him with his new technique] That technique! That isn't Snake Fist style! What is that?
Chien Fu: Hmmph! Cat's Claw!
[Chien Fu proceeds to attack again]
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Alternate Versions

The UK version is cut to remove the Cat/Cobra fight as it contravenes the Cinematograph Films (Animals) Act 1937. See more »


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wonderful comedy
21 June 2003 | by bbbl67See all my reviews

Lots of fighting, done in a comical way. Just about every character in this movie are not too bright, which is perfect for a comedy of errors.

I have always preferred this comical way of handling martial arts better than the too serious Bruce Lee style.

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November 1982 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Hong Kong, China

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2.35 : 1
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