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Plot: Jackie Chan is a boy who is used as a janitor at his kung-fu school. Jackie Chan can't fight and is always getting bullied by the teachers and pupils. One day an old man helps Jackie train ... Runtime: 98 mins Release Date: 01 Mar 1978
'Snake in the Eagle's Shadow' - Jackie Chan's other breakthrough hit, along with 'Drunken Master'. Both released in 1978, these two movies made the careers of Jackie Chan and director Yuen Woo Ping, and both featured Siu Tien Yuen and Hwang Jang Lee in similar roles.The plot follows Chien Fu Jackie Chan , an orphan abused and mistreated by the kung-fu evil, of course school he works at. He can't fight until he meets Pai Cheng-Cheh Siu Tien Yuen , a grand-master of Snake Fist, and last remaining follower of the Snake Fist style. A rivalry between the Snake Fist <more>
and Eagle Claw styles has led to the near-elimination of the Snake Fist style, and Chien Fu and Pai Cheng-Cheh find themselves being hunted by Lord Sheng Kuan Hwang Jang Lee , the master of the Eagle Claw style.The awesomeness of 'Snake in the Eagle's Shadow' lies in the fact that it really is quite similar to 'Drunken Master', which is also awesome. Again, the plot is a pretty standard kung-fu plot, but any plot which allows for the maximum amount of on-screen kung-fu time is a good plot. The training sequences are entertaining, and the following fight scenes are incredible - Jackie, Hwang Jang Lee and Yuen Woo Ping are all at their best here.'Snake in the Eagle's Shadow' is an awesome and very funny movie - 10/10, a must see for all Jackie Chan fans.
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.
Martial Arts Classic! (by wong-3)
This is Jackie Chan's best film I have seen so far! Miles better than Drunken Master. The guy is supremely fit, which you see in this film, and the skill this guy possesses is second-to-none. There is tons of fighting from absolutely loads of Hong Kong's top martial artists. Apart from Jackie Chan, it's "Thunder Legs" Hwang Jang Lee who stands out, this guy is a supreme kicking machine! If you want to see a classic, then this is it! 10/10
One of the best of the pure Kung-fu movies (by chengiz)
This along with Drunken Master I not Drunken Master II which was released in the US as Legend of Drunken Master, which is good but not great have to be the best of the pure Kung-fu genre. This is just one great fight scene after another. The choreography is breathtaking, especially for two scenes: one where Jackie slides rags under the school master's feet, and the other where the old man doesnt allow Jackie to take his bowl. This is the original Kill Bill, just pure thrilling action. The story is so not a factor that I wont even mention it.Jackie's Hong Kong movies are a class <more>
apart. Hollywood spoiled the martial arts genre. The new Jackie Chan movies and Jet Li etc are insufferable because of Hollywood overdoing things. I dont think there will be action as exhilarating as Hong Kong kung-fu ever again... sadly, technology takes away beautiful things. I'll end with a paraphrase of Roger Ebert's on talent: When you see anyone doing something difficult and making it look easy and *a joy*, you feel enhanced. It is a victory for the human side over the enemies of laziness and timidity.
An Almost Perfect Example of How To Make a 'Fu Film. (by ikhwan_arif)
It's not hyperbole to say that Yuen Woo Ping - and as an extension the entire Yuen Clan - really left a long-lasting, significant and impactful legacy in action film cinema, and truly, Drunken Master 1 as well as Snake In The Eagle's Shadow are shining examples of this legacy.I'm really pleased how well Snake In The Eagle's Shadow have aged over 40 years WTF, HAS IT BEEN 40 YEARS?? It is still watchable today as it was then, without cringe, without embarrassment, fully immersed in the spectacle carried by a simple storyline.Yes, the story is simple, but you don't need a <more>
sophisticated story to be entertaining. You just need the story to be believable and coherent. Fortunately, Snake In The Eagle's Shadow does slightly a bit more with actual story progression as well as character arcs for our main protagonist Jackie Chan as well as the supporting character played by Simon Yuen Siu Tien.Jackie's slapstick comedy and over-the-top expression of agony fits like a glove here, and the comedy is great all throughout the film. The arc of the central lead Chan Fu, an orphan that is bullied by everyone, possessing a naive but ultimately good heart, the struggle he face, his journey to become better, is told in a relatively fast paced but still in a satisfactorily congruent way.Simon Yuen is also excellent and convincing as Pak Siong Tin as the old kung fu master on the run, playing him in a very Taoist way not dissimilar in fact you could say identical to his other legendary role of the Beggar So Hat Yee from Drunken Master.The other standout actor is Hwang Jung-Lee as Sheng Kuen, the main antagonist. If Hwang's role as Thunderlegs in Drunken Master is his best work, then his role as Sheng Kuan here is his second best. There's no mistaking that Hwang is an accomplished martial artist and his fight scenes really attest to that. His fight scenes are almost always worth watching simply for the physicality of it.And physicality is the other highlight of this film. Yes, this has got to be among the most well choreographed Kung Fu scene in the genre, and I speculate is where Jackie formed his trademark style of using props and surroundings in action scenes. The training montages are well worth watching and the music for this film is also stellar and dramatic, opting for synthesizers instead of classical instruments.The one very obvious, uncontroversial flaw of this movie, and the reason why I'm giving it an 8 instead of 9 or 10, is the very anti-climactic Cat's Claw. Other reviewers here in IMDB have commented on it as well. It's just not good. It's very much a major weak point in the entire film and really made the ending fall flat after such a great first 1 hour and 20 minutes.Still, it isn't such a critical or catastrophic flaw to dissuade or spoil your enjoyment of the movie. This is one of the best Jackie Chan and Yuen Woo Ping movies ever made and it highly recommended that you watch it.
Beggar So's sequence with the bowl n Chan is incredible. Watch out for the snake style n cat style fights. (by Fella_shibby)
Saw this first on a VHS in mid 80s. Lots of fighting, done in a comical way. If you like old school Kung Fu movies, seek this one out; and if you are a fan of Jackie Chan, seek this one out. In this movie Jackie learns the snake fist style, and combines it with the cat claw. It is 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 film for its star, the legendary Jackie Chan.Its directed by Woo-Ping Yuen real son of Yuen siu-tien aka beggar So . Woo-Ping Yuen is the one behind Man of tai <more>
chi, kill Bill 2, kung fu hustle,Forbidden kingdom, iron monkey, matrix series, crouching tiger....The fights are stunningly choreographed even if one can often see that a blow doesn't actually hit when we hear it... the sounds that accompany the fights are funny because they are so over the top. Jackie is taught the snake style from the teacher, beggar So. Then by chance he learns a new style by watching a cat defeat a snake. Beggar So's sequence with the bowl and Chan is incredible.
ej's kung-fu capsule review for films of the chop-socky old-school - 1. basic plot type - Clan vs. clan; special styles clash; young man comes of age learning kung fu from older master.2. plot construction - Pretty strong, and easy to follow. Director Yuen adds some very nice touches, such as when Chan introduces the old master to his only friend - a cat.3. dramatic - Occasionally, in its emphasis on the relation between the old master and his young student.4. funny - Occasionally - this is still early for Chan, but he is already playing his role with a bit of light irony.5. dialog - <more>
competent but no shocks here.6. cast performance - Strong all around.7. crew performance - Seem to be aware that they are on the verge of a technical breakthrough in 'fu film-making, but this isn't quite it. "It" is the later "Drunken Master", of course. 8. amount of fighting - Lots.9. quality of fighting - Over-all, really darn good.10. special any cast or crew notes - After years of effort, the success of this film at last made Chan a star in Hong Kong's film market, and brought to a head the tensions between Chan and the producer to whom he was contracted, Lo Wei. Although Lo would always insist that he 'discovered' Chan, all he really wanted was a capable and charismatic young fighter he could mold into another Bruce Lee. Lo hated this film, and all other early Chan attempts to change the traditional chop-socky formula. But this film shows that Chan was very much his own man with his own vision; while the plot is pretty standard for this genre, Chan's performance is refreshingly new. Fortunately, Chan's ties with Lo would soon be severed, allowing the development of the Chan we've all come to admire.Chan is also aided here by the early effort of Choreographer/ director Yuen Woo Ping. Yuen's direction waffles a bit in spots, but this is clearly because he has a sense that there can be more to a martial arts film than we see in many chop-socky films of the era; he's still learning to articulate that.Besides countless imitations, the film spawned two direct sequels; one SiES II was produced by the same production company and starred Wong Tao; it is interesting in a quirky, eccentric way thanks to the supporting actors; but Wong Tao is no Jackie Chan. The other sequel, known as "The Jade Claw" appears to have been put together by the Yuen Clan to continue the developing reputation of Simon Yuen. Unfortunately, the elder Yuen died before the film was finished, and the continuity is terrible. Still, Billie Chong, star of that film, does a lot better as a Jackie Chan imitator than Wong Tao ever could.Chan himself refused to revisit this story for a sequel, and I think the decision wise - this film is genius in the making, all around; but the genius isn't made yet - that would appear later, and with much greater impact, in Drunken Master.11. big positive - Simon Yuen's most credible performance as the old master.12. big negative - The cat's-claw style Chan develops in this film is not all that impressive; that creates a weakness in the finale. There are also allusions in the dialog to plot threads that never show up.Bottom-line - who should see this movie - Chan fans; Martial Arts fans; chop-socky fans; Yuen clan fans. Its a solid action film, but may be too much a part of its genre for more general audiences.
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 <more>
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
Jackie's first big hit. It's easy to see why it was so popular when it was first released. Nobody had ever seen comedy and kung fu mixed together before. And if it wasn't for Jackie, we might have never have. Good and plentiful fights easily make this a kung fu classic that still entertains over 20 years later.