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Snake in the Eagle's Shadow


Jackie Chan, Yuen Siu-Tien, Hwang Jang-Lee, Dean Shek View All


Yuen Woo-ping (Screenplay), Yuen Woo-ping (Director), Ng See-Yuen (Screenplay), Chi Yuan Hsi (Screenplay) View All

Release: Mar. 1st, 1978
Runtime: 1 hour, 38 minutes
Everyone abuses and humiliates a downtrodden orphan until he befriends an old man, who turns out to be the last master of the snake fist fighting style. Jackie becomes the old man's student and finds himself in battle with the master of the eagle's claw style, who has vowed to destroy the snake fist clan.
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This would be a good movie to kickstart a Hong Kong movie obsession because its combination of high-flying stuntwork, comedy and of course expertly timed fighting helped take Kung Fu movies in the direction that made them even more beloved.
There are several fights in the movie, the rice bowl fight (classic), the puppet fight (classic), rice bowl keepaway (which isn't really a fight, but an impressively choreographed sequence regardless), Snake vs Eagle 1, Snake vs Mantis, Snake vs Eagle 2, and finally Snake & Cat vs Eagle.