The Fearless Hyena (Xiao quan guai zhao) (Revenge of the Dragon) (1979)
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When Seasonal Film Corporation's sublease on Jackie Chan expired following a two picture deal, the up-and-coming martial arts star had little choice but return to Lo Wei Film Company where he was still under contract and often pigeonholed in incompetent kung fu comedies. Having lit-up the box office with Seasonal's "Snake in the Eagle's Shadow" and "Drunken Master" (released in March and October of 1978) Chan, much to Lo's chagrin, returned a star and suddenly the hotheaded filmmaker was ready to allow the boy wonder input intransigently denied in their five preceding turkeys. Lo, likely looking to exploit Chan's new found fame as much as Chan wanted to flex his newfound street cred, seemingly was much obliged in granting Jackie near total control on "The Fearless Hyena" as a means to an end. Yet despite having just finished back-to-back blockbusters that helped redefine the chop socky it is evident early in "The Fearless Hyena" Jackie Chan is relatively inexperienced as a director as much as he is as a writer as there is very little direction and a tiresome reliance on sophomoric humor. While more entertaining than most of Chan's past collaborations with Lo Wei Film Company "The Fearless Hyena" doesn't exactly prove a step forward in Chan's burgeoning career as a martial arts lead failing to transcend even the above average "Snake..." in terms of innovation, maturity, and style.
Spectacular! Jackie Chan made his impressive on his acting and directorial debut in this Hong Kong epic comedy/martial arts film. This is funny and exciting with excellent ideas and stunt choreography by Chan. The fighting scenes are greatly choreographed and the story combines the fights in an easy to watch movie that entertains from the beginning to the very end. One of my favorite scenes is the Dueling Chopsticks scene in which the Unicorn prevents Shing (Chan) from eating by using his chopsticks.
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