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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?


Jackie Chan's writing and directorial debut. 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 »


Monkey Man
Performed by Dr. Soup
(Only in Japanese release)
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untainted Chan...
11 April 2003 | by Hi McDonnoughSee all my reviews

This is one of Chan's best, because as opposed to his recent bloated-budget adventures, he isn't being written buy rich fat white guys who think, "hey let's make that Asian dude sing a funny song with (fill-in-the-blank) American sidekick!" I'm sorry, but as silly and awkward as Fearless Hyena is, it isn't tainted by the Hollywood "fish out of water" premise.

The fighting scenes, while exhausting at moments, are clever and fitting the themes of the film. This is one of Chan's more expressive styles, and his mere body language alone makes up for the horrible overdubbing and juvinile dialouge. Besides, the song at the end when the credits roll is AMAZING. I get chills when I hear it, it's so eerie and atmospheric. I always look forward to it after that final epic fight.

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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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