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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:

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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

(At around one hour and twenty-two minutes) While filming a sword fight, Jackie Chan's arm was accidentally slashed by a sword. He went on fighting, and the footage appears in the film. 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

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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Jackie's First Success
18 August 2005 | by no-skylineSee all my reviews

I believe this was Jackie Chan's first widely successful movie freed from the constraints of Lo Wei and working with a different director allowed Jackie to move into a different direction and stop trying to be the new Bruce Lee (as if anyone ever could be!).

Surprisingly the humour translates pretty well and both Jackies cruel martial arts school employer and the kindly martial artist he meets and befriends are well drawn comedic characters. The sometimes bizarre fighting styles all named after animals are a joy to behold and Jackie and all the other martial artists involved show just how skillful they are with some truly memorable twists on the old school kung-fu style fighting. Many of those in this film came together again a year later to make the equally excellent Drunken Master.

I would recommend this film to any martial arts fan as a must see, it's also an excellent entry point if your interested in looking into martial arts action films in general. 8/10


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