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Snake in the Eagle's Shadow (1978)

Se ying diu sau (original title)
PG | | Action, Comedy | November 1982 (USA)
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 ... See full summary »

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Woo-Ping Yuen
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Cast

Credited cast:
Jackie Chan ... Chien Fu (as Lung Cheng)
Siu Tin Yuen ... Grandmaster Pai Cheng-Tien (as Hsiao-Tien Yuan)
Jung-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
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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Genres:

Action | Comedy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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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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Runtime:

(Blu-ray)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Several of the training scenes in the movie were duplicated in the Namco Playstation version of Tekken 3 (1997) for character Lei Wulong's ending movie. These duplicated scenes in CGI include the Egg Maze training and the Filled Waterbowl training. 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

Chien Fu: [gets his shoe cut while fighting the preacher] I'll need new socks!
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Alternate Versions

Two versions exist in Germany. The first was cut by ca. 3 minutes and has a "Not under 12" rating; this version was shown on TV and released on VHS by Polygram. The second version is cut even more (ca. 3,5 minutes) and has a "Not under 16" rating; this version was released on DVD by Splendid. See more »

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Featured in Jackie Chan: My Story (1998) See more »

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Classic of Kung fu cinema
8 December 2015 | by athena-no-saintoSee all my reviews

One of the biggest classics of martial arts cinema, the film that started a new subgenre in kung fu cinema , the comedy kung fu cinema and the breakthrough fim for its star, the legendary Jackie Chan...

Directed by the legendary Yuen Woo Ping and co-starred by his father Yuen Siu Tien, playing his eternal role as the old beggar drunken master, this film is an example of how a perfect kung fu movie should be made, from the badass opening sequence with Jackie training with a red background behind him , accompanied by a catchy music until the final epic final fight against the great Hwang Jang Lee , the film is a succession of outstanding and very original martial arts sequences accompanied by great doses of humour ..Although that Lau Kar Leung already had used this formula in his directorial debut "The spiritual Boxer" made three years before, however, it was this film the one that gave a new direction to Hong Kong kung fu movies becoming in an instant classic..

MASTERPIECE


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