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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.

Director:

Woo-Ping Yuen
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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
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Storyline

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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First movie in which Siu Tin Yuen appeared as a wandering eccentric Kung Fu Master. He reprised the same character type in different kung fu movies, one of which is Drunken Master (1978), which also features Jackie Chan as the leading character, Dean Shek as a bumbling assistant teacher, and Jang-Lee Hwang as the final opponent. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Grandmaster Pai Cheng-Cheh: What a bitch. I hope she drops dead.
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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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"Snake Bites!!!"
4 February 2002 | by bjerhoSee all my reviews

I´ll try to summary this movie. Orphan (Jackie Chan) is being mistreated by evil Kun fu-Club owner on the club in which he is a cleaner. He meets an old beggar who learns him "snake style" -kun fu. The old man is being hunted down for knowledge of the martial art. Check this movie out. If you like Jackie-Chan, then you will love this movie. I give it a 10/10.


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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Cantonese

Release Date:

November 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Eagle's Shadow See more »

Filming Locations:

Hong Kong, China

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(Blu-ray)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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