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The Fearless Hyena (1979)

Xiao quan guai zhao (original title)
A young man whose sickly grandfather has taught him a secret form of Kung Fu, starts to make a living off of his unique fighting style, only to attract the attention of his grandfather's mortal enemy.


Jackie Chan


Jackie Chan, Wei Lo




Credited cast:
Jackie Chan ... Shing Lung (as Jacky Chan)
James Tien ... Grandpa
Dean Shek ... The Coffin Seller (as Shih Tien)
Hui-Lou Chen ... The Unicorn
Shi-Kwan Yen ... Yen
Kun Li ... The Master
Tien-Chi Cheng ... Willow Sword
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chih-Ping Chiang Chih-Ping Chiang
Shao-Hua Chu Shao-Hua Chu
Eagle Han
Hsing-Nan Ho Hsing-Nan Ho
Hong Hsu Hong Hsu
Yuan Hsu Yuan Hsu
Gen-Man Huang Gen-Man Huang
Sae Ok Kim Sae Ok Kim


Shing Lung (Jackie Chan) is a youngster, living in a remote village with his grandfather who teaches him Kung-Fu. He keeps getting into fights, even though his grandfather warns him not to show their Kung-Fu to others. Lung, though, is tempted by some thugs he beat up to act as the Master of a Kung Fu school. This school's name apparently spreads far, as an old enemy of Lung's grandfather shows up and attacks him. Lung goes on training with the help of another member of the old gang, until he can eventually get revenge. Written by Yaron <yaron@starlight.trendline.co.il>

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Comedy | Action


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Did You Know?


This movie served as the inspiration behind Akira Toriyama's Dragon Ball manga. See more »


Shing Lung: [balancing a valuable bowl very precariously] Master! Where are you going?
The Master: I'm going to toilet.
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Crazy Credits

The Japanese release of the film features an animated montage of Jackie Chan carrying out stunts with two characters that resemble Monkey Punch's criminal entertainers Daisuke Jigen and Fujiko Mine. See more »

Alternate Versions

For the Japanese theatrical release under the title of Crazy Monkey, an animated segment designed by manga artist Monkey Punch was commissioned and added to the film's opening. See more »


Referenced in Jioksibi gwanmun (1980) See more »


Crazy Monkey
Performed by Dr. Soup
(Only in Japanese release)
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User Reviews

Good film with innovative "emotional kung fu". Watch out for the chopsticks duel n pots sequence.
25 June 2016 | by Fella_shibbySee all my reviews

I first saw this in the mid 80s on a vhs. Repeated it many times in the 90s. It was known by Revenge n Fearless Hyena. Revisited it recently on a blu ray which I own. If u like Jackie Chan movies solely for the entertaining kung fu fights, then this is one movie not to miss. I consider this movie to contain some of his best fights ever. The most impressive thing for me was the brilliant brutal training scenes. This movie also happens to be Jackie Chan's directorial debut. Avoid its sequel like plague. The sequel has nothing but footages of this film.

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Hong Kong | South Korea



Release Date:

17 February 1979 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Revenge of the Dragon See more »

Filming Locations:

Hong Kong, China

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2.35 : 1
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