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Snake and Crane Arts of Shaolin (She hao ba bu) (1978)

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Jackie Chan stars in this straight-ahead kung fu saga directed Chen Chi-hua. The film opens with eight Shaolin masters developing a new, powerful martial-arts technique and writing the form down into a tome called "The Eight Steps of the Snake and Crane." Soon thereafter, the eight masters and the book vanish. Years later, young street punk Hsu Ying Fung (Chan) winds up with the book and has mastered the entire form. Hungry for its secrets, members from a sundry of clans try to seize the book. As it turns out, this is all a plan by the original eight's sole survivor and Hsu's master to suss out who killed his colleagues. ~ Jonathan Crow, Rovimore
Rating: PG (violence)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Art House & International
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On DVD: Oct 7, 1997
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All Critics (1)

Chan ranges from the casual, one handed beat down (which he often performs without even standing up or breaking a sweat) to the all out, weapon-wielding, man-throwing, face-kicking melee that the best and the worst films of this kind have in spades.

Full Review… | October 4, 2013
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Audience Reviews for Snake and Crane Arts of Shaolin (She hao ba bu)

½

Wonderful and best old school kung fu movie, period.
Never a dull moment in this film with the action happening right from the beginning. The fight sequences are probably the best I have ever seen - and I've seen a fair few! Jackie Chan is completely convincing as a kung fu master, he is incredible.

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Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

½

One of Jackie's first slapstick martial arts comedies - an early look at chinese movie history being made.

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Khris N

Super Reviewer

½

By the late '70s Lo Wei had all but given up on molding former stuntman Jackie Chan into the hotheaded filmmaker's new cash cow and began to farm the pigeonholed martial artist out to other directors. For "Snake and Crane Arts of Shaolin" Chen Chi Hwa simply allowed Jackie Chan to be Jackie Chan; a gratuity repeatedly denied by Lo in their preceding collaborations that usually found Chan cast under duress as a quasi-Bruce Lee. And while this is Jackie Chan as we know him today in his infancy the net result is a small step in the right direction.

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Adam Laidig

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