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

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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.
½ December 3, 2012
A classic Kung fu movie with a hilarious final fight scene
November 25, 2012
Breezy, campy, and soft "Snake in the Eagle's Shadow" was Jackie Chan's first taste of domestic popularity. While it lacks the sophistication and panache of Chan's future releases and ultimately pales in comparison to its fraternal twin ("Drunken Master") "Snake in the Eagle's Shadow" is still even by contemporary standards a fun way to knockout 90 minutes of your day.
November 3, 2012
Pretty good kung fu movie..much better than the latter comedies Jackie took part in..
½ September 28, 2012
In terms of Jackie Chan movies this is an excellent martial arts movie, much better than the commercial stuff he has being for Hollywood for the past few decades. Aside from Chan this also has a very entertaining story despite using the worn story of competing schools of the art.
July 11, 2012
It is a great classic with great humor and great fight choreography and great fight scenes as well.
July 1, 2012
It may be as (or even more) cheesy than the many other similar chopsocky films that were inspired by it, but Snake in The Eagle's Shadow is a kung fu classic. Fantastic fight scenes and a top-form Jackie Chan is all you need for a great kung fu film. The story may be frustrating and flat, and the cheesiness gets a bit in the way, but you can still easily enjoy the film that started Jackie's career.
June 25, 2012
Such a great classic!
June 12, 2012
A brilliant kung-fu film, with very nice characters and great fight scenes. The story goes a bit thin in the end, but it's still a gem.
½ April 6, 2012
The film has a little bit of a story, but only what is needed to fill in the spaces between the fight scenes.
March 2, 2012
Good technique and a true classic in Chan's initial abilities with Kung Fu.
November 14, 2011
I have this in a two movie pack along with:
* Drunken Master (1978)
½ October 22, 2011
jackie chan's first full on action comedy but anybody expecting his trademark stunts might be a little dissopionted but they didnt show up untill 'the young master'. but never the less this is an enjoyable movie with some great martial arts and fight scenes in it, not as good as 'drunken master' or 'the fearless hyena' but it's still an essential chan film to see. i recommend
August 13, 2011
Pretty good kung fu movie..much better than the latter comedies Jackie took part in..
½ February 15, 2011
Even the early Chan films a good with a mixture of martial arts, stunts and comedy. Yuen Woo Ping's direction is great to deliver such a simple flat story to an exciting film. Lots of Chinese humour I must say.
February 11, 2011
It's easy to see how this film made Jackie Chan into a star. His character is engaging and charming. His comedic timing is fantastic and he manages to stay in character while doing some of the most amazing fight sequences I've ever seen. Every action sequence, whether a full on fight or one just for gags, is choreographed meticulously and the actors execution is fantastic. It is devilishly difficult, physical and intricate and Yuen Woo-ping does a good job of letting the movement speak for itself without the camera getting in the way. This is a film worth watching just for the martial arts demonstration. Again the performers abilities to work off of each other and maintain the detailed choreography is fantastic and the choreography itself is fascinating.

Outside of the action sequences and often within, the film gets a bit hokey. The soundtrack is absolutely terrible, with music that doesn't fit and completely ridiculous sound effects. A few of the running gags out live their welcome, fortunatly the director knew when to end the film just as it starts to wear a bit thin.
January 24, 2011
Great, entertaining Jackie-Chan-Martial-Arts flick with awesome music (Oxygène FTW =)
½ January 19, 2011
Gimmer and less funny than its most popular twin "Drunken Master" (1978), this film reprises the same themes and actors, but surpasses its more popular brother in terms of martial arts performances. A seminal work for any interested in the animal styles.
September 17, 2010
A Grenade of a Kung Fu Movie Jackie Chan is hillarious in his Tragicomic Part of a Poor Young Man who is a Talented Fighter but get used as Cleanboy, Kitchen Help and Punching Ball in a Kung Fu School which he is terrorized by the Mean Teachers who are only in Charge because the Big Master is otherwise and then gets the Pupil of a other Kung Fu Master who is a Rebel and in Trouble with the Secret Police which are also High Skilled Kung Fu Fighters. It's the Perfect Combination of High Skilled Martial Arts, Charming Humour, Touching Drama, beautiful Pictures of the Chinese Culture & Nature and Beautiful Music. It's also contains Superb Camera Work and is the perfect Movie for Learning Kung Fu because it explains the Basics. Unforgotten Scene when he learend the Tiger Style from his Cat who beat a Python.
September 8, 2010
Wednesday, September 8, 2010

(1978) Snake in the Eagles Shadow
(In Chinese with English subtitles)

Jackie Chan's breakthrough film since he was still doing alot of mediocre films with Lo Wei(Wei Lo) by trying to have Jackie as well as other actors imitate Bruce Lee after his untimely death! And because Jackie still had a contract with Lo Wei and that the films weren't doing too well at the Hong Kong boxoffice he decided to "loan" Jackie Chan out to another studio- some you may have seen which in my view suck like "New Fist of Fury" made in 1976 and Killer Meteors made during the same year to name a few..
The result was a boxoffice hit with Hong Kong audiences resulting to audiences wanting to see more. But because Jackie was working with director and martial art affionardo Yuen Woo- Ping, tensions clashed. This was because Yuen Woo- Ping hired "Korean" born martial arts master Hwong Jang Lee (who can't understand a speck of Chinese) as the lead vilian who actually punched and kicked Jackie for real(notice near the film's end while Jackie was talking he was missing a tooth which was not like that in much of the film) Because Jackie was getting the sh-t kicked out of him for real by this Korean born martial artist- Jackie wanted director Yuen Woo- Ping to fire him even vowed to make sure that he'd never have Jang Lee work in the film industry ever again and Yuen obviously didn't listen to him otherwise he wouldn't have called Hwong Jang Lee back to do "Drunken Master" released later on during the year! Ironically, after "Snake in the Eagles Shadow" and "Drunken Master" became major hits in Hong Kong, Jackie claimed that all of this was his idea and never worked with Yuen Woo- Ping ever again (Don't give credit where credit is due)- If you ask me the comedy routines was Jackie's idea but being hit for real was Yuen Woo- Ping's idea or it just sort of happen by accident! And as far as I know those two films were the only ones Hwong Jang Lee ever starred in- for the last time I've heard of what he was up to, he was teaching martial arts in some school in Japan!

This is another one of those films that sounds better in Chinese than with the English dubbing! One of the best highlights include tying a real live cat onto a post with a real live snake! This scene was key for Jackie to beat his nemesis!

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