Snake in the Eagle's Shadow (Se ying diu sau) (Eagle's Shadow) Reviews
This is another classic movie from Jackie Chan, when he was in his prime. It does take a bit of time to get going, but once it does, it's full of action and many different styles of Kung Fu. Jackie Chan plays Chien Fu, who helps out in a Kung Fu school and constantly gets picked on by the manager who uses him as a human punching bag for his students. Chien then comes across a homeless old man, played by Siu Tin Yuen and he decides to take him in and look after him. While there friendship blossoms, a group of Eagle technique fighters are out to destroy all of the Snake fighters so Grandmaster Pai Cheng-Tien (Siu Tin Yuen) has to go in hiding to save his life. Whilst living with Chien, he starts to teach him the Snake style, which Chien mixes up with his own cat style and he soon gets fed up with his manager picking on him by striking back on the people that use him as a human punching bag. He soon gets banished from the school and he perfects his own Kung Fu style but his training with Grandmaster Pai is cut short because the Eagle style fighters have tracked him down. Whilst fighting against the Eagle clan, Grandmaster Pai's life is saved by Chien who takes on the leaders of the Eagle clan. This is when I first saw Sam Seed (Siu Tin Yuen) in a movie and I was amazed how an old man could take on all of the young masters of Kung Fu. This was also the second time that I saw Jackie Chan on top form, after Drunken Master of course, and the different styles of Kung Fu styles became popular in this genre. The mixture of comedy and action was spot on in this film and the different characters, like the manager of the Kung Fu school with the weird plaster on his head, made the film an all time classic. I personally enjoyed this film, after so many years since I last watched it and it brought back some fond memories of when I was young in front of the piano style video player. Its such a shame that they don't make movies like this anymore! Brilliant.
This movie was directed by Woo Ping-Yuen who brought you classics like Drunken Master, Magnificent Butcher, the Miracle Fighters, Drunken Tai Chi, Iron Monkey, Tai-Chi Master and True Legend. He also done the stunts for Man of Tai Chi with Keanu Reeves, Kill Bill 2, the brilliant Kung Fu Hustle and the Forbidden Kingdom with Jackie Chan and Jet Li so he has definitely earned respect in this field. Anyway, this is a must have in your Kung Fu collection and it's timeless fun for you action buffs.
I recommend this movie to people who are into their action/comedy/martial arts movies starring Jackie Chan and the great Siu Tin Yuen (Sam Seed). 8/10
Snake in the Eagle's Shadow took HK $2,708,748 at the Hong Kong box office.
In 1979, a film entitled Snake in the Eagle's Shadow II aka Snaky Knight Fight Against Mantis was released. It was directed by Chang Hsin-yi and starred Wang Tao. However, the film was not a true sequel, rather it was an attempt by the studio to capitalise on the success of the original film. Footage including a montage and a fight scene from Snake in the Eagle's Shadow were spliced into the film. Chan's image was also used on the cover of some versions.
Prior to Snake in the Eagle's Shadow, Chan had worked for director Lo Wei who wanted to make him into the new "Bruce Lee" in films like New Fist of Fury. However, those films yielded relatively poor box office returns. When producer Ng See-yuen decided to make a comedy with Chan as the star, the concept did not initially meet with approval from the film distributors. However, Ng and Chan persevered and together with Drunken Master, this film launched Jackie Chan into national stardom.
The combination of comedy, martial arts, stunts and acrobatics had been done before, in Lau Kar-leung's 1975 film, Spiritual Boxer. However, the release of Snake in the Eagle's Shadow heralded a new direction for Hong Kong action movies.
Ng See-Yuen and Yuen Woo-ping checked over many actors for the part of the old, eccentric, wandering Kung Fu master, before Ng suggested casting Yuen's own father, Yuen Siu Tien. Yuen would continue to reprise the role of Beggar So several more times before his death in 1979.
According to his book I Am Jackie Chan: My Life in Action, Chan lost a tooth after Hwang Jang Lee kicked him in the face during a fight scene. His arm was also accidentally slashed by a sword that was supposed to be blunt, but while he was screaming in pain, the camera kept rolling
I think that this is such an overlooked movie 2 watch, but it is such an enjoyable comedy movie 2 watch, the fight scenes throughout this movie were really good, throughout this movie.....man this is such a good classics movie 2 watch, its got a great cast throughout this movie.....its got really good fight scenes throughout this movie.....
Pretty entertaining. It's completely bare-bones production. (Just people & a camera.) But it's pretty allright especially watching Jackie's youthful abilities.
Chien (Jackie Chan) is an orphan floor-cleaner at kung fu school. He was adopted by a kung fu school, he is mandhandled by new ridiculous master using him as punching-bag to demonstrate to new entrants. Jackie feels hurt at such mistreatment - he bumps into a begger (Yuen Siu Tien) being beaten by rude next-door kung-fu school. Jackie offers him food and place to stay. Upon finding out the misery of Chien the old man teaches him self-defense skills (the old man is last survivor of snake style kung fu fight master being hunted by Eagle Claw masterr) but offers him more training to use hands and feet.
Excellent film, emotionally moving, tremendously outclass at portraying phenomenon fight training by Jackie Chan especially fisting in the air with stand-still bowl full-of-warm-water unshakeable. Film bears good fight scenes and training. Climax fight though short yet affordable.
NOTE: I still can't forget the climax fights of Drunken Master, The Young Master and The Legend of Drunken Master II
By that I mean the plot is purposefully formulaic and so the focus if the film is to be more fun along the way. And surely it is because the plot is serious but the dynamics are consistently comedic in a swift and clever manner which makes the story a fun one to keep up with.
The Kung fu is played into the story very well in a comedic manner and the serious sequences are choreographed terrifically. Even though they are fake and the sound effects are corny at times, it doesn't damage the film at all because it still passes as the great kung fu film it intends to be. It's full of nonstop action-packed awesome Kung Fu fights and an unserious tone which just makes it so easy to watch because it isn't a film that requires the viewer's mind to be embalmed in the story but rather just embracing the comedic but awesome kung fu antics of Snake in The Eagle's Shadow.
Jackie Chan does a great job in the lead role in the way he throws a great punch, and his skill at ensuring the comedic antics are strong is quick witted and swift. He makes a great duo with Yuen Siu Tien and they work well alone as well as together to ensure that the Kung fu story is rich with entertainment and charismatic leads, even if the acting is predominantly half-assed from the entire cast. But the acting isn't important in Snake in the Eagle's Shadow, because the importance comes from the fun of well-choreographed low-budget Kung fu, and that's just what director Yuen Woo-ping ensures has delivered, so enjoying Snake in the Eagle's Shadow proves easy.
"Snake in the Eagle's Shadow" contiene todos los elementos de una cinta de artes marciales de los setentas (exagerado aun mas si la veen con su terrible doblaje en ingles). En realidad es una cinta muy divertida.
Full of incredible fight and gag choreography, Woo Ping Yuen definitely entertains in the second half of the movie. The plot takes a bit to get into momentum, but when it does its a fantastic mix of comedy and action. Its always a pleasure with Hwang Jang Lee, who plays the villainous Chang. This hidden gem of martial arts is one of Jackie's best and underrated features.