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Snake in the Eagle's Shadow (Se ying diu sau) (Eagle's Shadow) Reviews

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½ September 25, 2016
In terms of comedy it's a pretty inauspicious start for Chan (bwoing!) but the fights are super fun to watch and the absurd, nonsensical plot keeps things moving at an entertaining pace. The ending is hilariously, refreshingly abrupt.
July 1, 2016
A really enjoyable and light hearted kung fu flick.
October 24, 2015
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
July 27, 2015
Jackie chan and fight scenes but the story is shit
June 9, 2015
Saw this on Crackle a few weeks ago and it had Jackie Chan in it too. First the dubbing is okay and the movie starts with 2 rival masters seeing who will win. This is also some of Jackie Chan's early work, the choreography is good and Jackie Chan looks kind of young in this movie. He starts out s an orphan being bullied by his classmates until he befriends and old guy. The old guy gets into a fight with some of the students and Jackie tries to help him. Then a white preacher comes by to break up the fight and then after that old guy teaches Jackie how to fight. Old guy teaches him by trying to get Jackie to take a bowl from him. Old guy also teaches Jackie some steps and moves he put on the ground too. After that old guy and white preacher see each other and old guy tries to avoid him. Then old guy fights an Eagle student in the Snake training grounds and both him and white preacher try to kill him but old guy escapes. Old guy then get's healed by Jackie and he teaches him Kung Fu. A bit later Jackie's school gets into a fight another school then Jackie's school master goes to the rival school's ace. The ace tries to kill the master but Jackie stops him and then they fight and Jackie wins. Then when Jackie gets back home he meets one of old guys so called friends. Then after that there's a scene where a cat fights a cobra and kills it. Old guy and Jackie meet in some field where they encounter the so called friend and white preacher which is some fighter from Russia. After they're defeated Jackie's school master tires to stop them thinking he poisoned them. He didn't and I think Jackie and old guy walk off somewhere, I'm not sure since the ending was like all Kung Fu movies. It's still pretty good early work for Jackie Chan and if your a fan if his movies this is required at least that's what Crackle said.
April 2, 2015
Jackie Chan's first big hit is a classic all-fighting kung-fu flick, spiked with humor which makes it all the greater. Impossibly young Jackie (23 or 24 years old) is a poor dolt, serving as a janitor for the Hungwei School where he is terribly mistreated. When he happens to meet Simon Yuen, a puckish old kung fu master disguised as a beggar, he is transformed into an expert in the Snake Fist style. Comic training scenes included! Unfortunately, the Snake Fist clan is being hunted down and killed by the Eagle's Claw clan and Jackie and his old master are targeted. In order to save the day, Jackie must invent a new style of fighting. And he does. Jackie's abilities here are incredible and Simon Yuen (the father of director Wing-Poo Yuen who later worked on the Matrix) is similarly amazingly acrobatic. The sequel, Drunken Master, is also a classic of early hand-to-hand fighting Jackie, before he graduated to larger-scale death-defying stunts in the 1980s. Both have coherent plots so seek them out rather than some of the poorly edited schlock that also circulates under Jackie's name.
February 21, 2015
WOW.....WOW....WOW.....WHAT AN UNDERRATED MOVIE 2 WATCH.....MAN I HAVE JUST SEEN THIS MOVIE 4 THE 1ST TIME N THINK THAT THIS IS SUCH AN UNDERRATED MOVIE 2 WATCH.....its got a good cast of actors/actresses throughout this movie....I think that Jackie chan, roy horan, hwan jang lee, yuen siu tien (.R.I.P.), play good roles/parts throughout this movie......I think that the director of this action/adventure/art house/international/comedy movie had done a great job of directing this movie because you never know what 2 expect throughout this this is such an underrated movie 2 is such a really funny comedy movie 2 watch......

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 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.....
½ February 16, 2015
I am a huge Jackie Chan fan. Want to see him in the beginning of his career. He is so young in this movie and so acrobatic and talented! There is something so pure about this movie, before marshal arts films were so full of special effects and people flying on tree tops. This is filmed as simply as a village play in a night market in Asia, it is acted out in that tradition, with drama and slapstick humor. It is truly charming. All the actors are fantastic and it is wonderfully hammy like the old Chaplin and Buster Keaton movies too. To see Jackie Chan in a Chinese martial arts film straight from 1970's Hong Kong, when it was still a British proctectorate, well, this film is simply a gem. Enjoy!
Super Reviewer
January 2, 2015
The best kung fu Jackie Chan have made. In this one he havent an easy life and working on a kung fu school and must do all the boring stuff otherwise he get punished from the teacher. But one day he meet on old man (master) that teach and learn him the snake style. Fun and watch the amazing fighting scenes. *thumbs up*
November 6, 2014
A classic Chan and a must see for fans.
½ May 25, 2014
This and the follow-up Drunken Master were a breakthrough - setting a new genre into play that would dominate for the next 15 years -- kung fu/comedy.

Pretty entertaining. It's completely bare-bones production. (Just people & a camera.) But it's pretty allright especially watching Jackie's youthful abilities.
March 17, 2014
You can't make a kung fu movie this goofy without a solid understanding of kung fu, and Jackie Chan proves here he's got enough know-how and humor to last a career.
December 28, 2013
um dos meus filmes favoritos e ponto final...
½ August 21, 2013
Some things weren't explained and/or came out of no where, but it's pretty good
July 31, 2013
Snake in the Eagle's Shadow directorial debut by Yuen Woo-ping (Drunken Master). Starring Jackie Chan and Yuen Siu Tien (father of the director Yuen woo-ping). Yuen Woo-ping directed another film same year with Jackie Chan and Yuen Siu Tien called 'Drunken Master".

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
½ July 3, 2013
Snake in the Eagle's Shadow is a terrific example of a low-budget kung fu film which doesn't take itself seriously.
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.
April 14, 2013
Teachings are only as valuable as the lessons they serve, putting wisdom into practice with understanding shows how promising one can learn from it.
½ March 30, 2013
Jackie Chan es uno de los mas carismaticos y talentosos representantes de las artes marciales en el cine. En "Snake in the Eagle's Shadow" observamos a un joven Chan interpretando a un aprendiz de la tecnica del puņo de serpiente bajo la tutoria del maestro Pai Chang-tien, quien es buscado por sus enemigos. Esto es practicamente todo el argumento de esta cinta, el resto son coreografias incesantes y un humor bastante ingenuo e infantil.
"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.
March 7, 2013
Excellent martial arts film, with a young Jackie Chan,showing his great talent for Kung Fu as well as for drama sprinkled some comic moments.The best moments are certainly wonderfully choreographed fighting and the friendly character of the beggar.
February 4, 2013
This movie has a young Jackie Chan as a bullied servant for a low level martial arts school. When the master is away, the meaner teachers pick of Chien Fu, who is tormented and is used as their punching bag. He collides into the path of another, a beggar with incredible martial arts skills. The two become friends quickly, and the beggar teaches Chien the art of Snake Fist kung fu. Unbeknownst to Chien, there is a deadly conspiracy of Eagle Claw kung fu fighters who wish to wipe out the remaining users of Snake fist. Chien must find battle these vicious enemies, or the Snake Fist will be lost forever.

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.
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