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Snake & Crane Arts of Shaolin (1978)

Jackie Chan , Nora Miao , Chi-Hwa Chen  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jackie Chan, Nora Miao, Jeong-Nam Kim, Yung-kuo Li, Ya Ying Liu
  • Directors: Chi-Hwa Chen
  • Writers: Hsin Yi Chang
  • Producers: Li Hwa Hsu, Shih Mei Chu, Wei Lo
  • Format: Color, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: Cantonese
  • Subtitles: English, French, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 1, 2002
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005V4XH
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #297,787 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Snake & Crane Arts of Shaolin" on IMDb

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Jackie Chan stars as the young warrior Hsu Yin Fong. Hsu is suspected of killing all of the ShaolinMasters in the Hua mountains and stealing the book of records, which contains instructions for the unbeatable technique of the "Art of Snake and Crane." Hsu claims his innocence but is nevertheless pursued by various clans, with Chian-Tse, the notorious leader of the Black Dragon Clan, as the most powerful one. Chain - Tse will use the new technique to gain power over the region.

Jackie Chan apprenticed in a series of straight-faced martial arts revenge films before he found his true calling as the clown prince of kung fu in Snake in the Eagle's Shadow and the original Drunken Master. The sprawling clan-war conspiracy adventure Snake & Crane Arts of Shaolin is one of his best pre-fame efforts, a tale of tenuous alliances and double-crosses, with cocky young warrior Jackie in the middle stirring up trouble. The sly rascal in the den of thieves, however, is actually an honorable young acolyte on a mission of vengeance. It's the usual story, with a little more comedy and plenty of old "strike and pose" fight scenes energized by Jackie's youthful athleticism. The opening theme song was cribbed from the same music library that supplied Monty Python and the Holy Grail. --Sean Axmaker

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent style July 14, 2002
By A Customer
this movie's plot is weak and steriotypical, the dubbing is [bad] and Jackie barely smiles, but the kung fu, which is what I bought it for in the first place, is excellent.
I study both the snake and the crane styles of shaolin and I must say, aside form all the cartwheels and usuall razzle dazzle of movie kung fu, the coreography, (which Chan was highly involved in) was excellent and mostly true to the real styles of shaolin.
If you like alot of action, blood and childish swear words dubbed in to movie then buy this.
It's excellent
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jackie is a GOD! February 14, 2002
This is, hands down the best Jackie kung-fu movie ever made! It has some of the best fight scenes ever filmed and the story is actually very good and has somewhat of a twist ending. By far, this is the ULTIMATE JACKIE WUP-[rear]S movie! This film was done before Jackie found a sence of humor, and he lets loose on all who oppose him, even the chicks(they are awesome kung-fu in their own right). All the action leads up to my favorite fight scene at the end.... DO NOT PASS UP THIS MOVIE!!!!! If you are thinking, don't! Just buy it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars ORIGINAL VERSION IS ALWAYS BETTER~!!! February 5, 2006
If you want UNCUT ORIGINAL version, ALWAYS look for ORIGINAL LICENSED Production. NOT US Release. Its a foreign film, it should not be US version to begin with~! HELLO!!!?? Why settle for LESS with US Version where they edit and cut so many excellent scenes especially with Jackie's Fighting Scenes. And US Release ruins the speed and sound as well. I have been collecting Jackie Chan's movies both HK and US Release Version for quite some time now. I found HK Version to be MUCH MORE in enjoyable, and HIGHER in Quality. American Market always like to "Americanize" and "Control". Regional Code Regulation thing is one of the example to CONTROL the Market. Why not let everyone enjoy the same HK Original Release move the same way ENTIRE WORLD enjoys it ?? No one makes Hollywood American movies to "French version" or "Chinese Version" ~! This what Americans are doing~! Well, enjoy the cheap "American version" then~! LOL
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD Information For Prospective Buyers September 24, 2011
By Richard
With over 60 Jackie Chan movies in my DVD collection I can honestly say that 'Snake And Crane Arts Of Shaolin' is one of my favourites. It has personality, humour and many wonderful fight scenes. But I am writing this review to let anyone interested in buying it know about the differences in the released versions.

I have this movie on DVD 3 times. The first version I bought (released in 1997 by Simitar) presented it with dubbed English audio and in 4:3 aspect only. I keep this version because it offers a rare Jackie interview as a special feature.

The second version I bought was the US release presented here on Amazon with the cover featuring an orange and yellow close up of Jackie, and the small picture of him fighting Nora Miao in the bottom left hand corner. This purchase I was very happy with since it presents the film in its full widescreen glory and with proper Mandarin audio and good subtitles. It also provides English audio and a theatrical trailer. The picture quality is good, and the sound is very good.

Then finally (and only just the other day) I purchased the 'Hong Kong Legends' Ultra-Bit version of this film. The picture quality is excellent (as you would expect), and definitely superior to the US release described above. It offers both the English and Mandarin audio in excellent quality.

But there my praise for this release must stop. For some bizarre reason 'Hong Kong Legends' have presented an alternate Mandarin audio track, and in both mono and stereo. The problem here is that it is a dubbed Mandarin, and not Jackie's voice at all. In fact, it sounds as though the same guy did the voices for all the male characters in this film! To add to this problem is the remastered subtitles HKL have presented.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of Jackie Chan-The best of times July 8, 2011
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Jackie Chan delivered some amazing fighting techniques in this particular film. I remember seeing this movie at blockbuster video. During that time it was released by "simitar" productions, but I never rented it. After I saw a preview of this movie on the internet; I was impressed. I later found out that "Sony tristar" release this video, and I had to see it. It is interesting to see a lot of jackie Chan films, but most of jackie Chan films is mix with comedy and a little of drama. Some of his films center around him as an orphan- which means someone that does not initally know kung-fu until later on in the film. This particualr film, however, shows jackie at his full potential. His martial arts skills are truly epic, and makes you wonder why true martial arts films are a thing of the past. This particuar film was directed by Lo Wei; a famous director known for helping legendary Bruce Lee showcase his skills. Jackie Chan was cast in several Lo Wei production films, until he later ventured into other productions.

This is a true martial arts film, which shows Jackie Chan perform some epic kung-fu. This film is more like a drama with a revenge plot mix with a cocky stylish Jackie Chan performance. Jackie Chan fans will love this classic film.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Snake And Crane Arts Of Shaolin (1978) November 12, 2002
THis film is boring but the kung fu is brilliant! 8 kung fu masters get together to write a book which contains secrets of each of their styles. When they are murdered somehow Jackie ends up with the book. Everyone tries to steal the book from Jackie but ofcourse they have to fight my hero (Jackie) first!
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1.0 out of 5 stars i dont know
It is not the original version some fighting not the end. I was looking for the very first copy made
Published 9 months ago by robert laster
1.0 out of 5 stars we never got to watch the dvd. bad copy. could hear it on computer but...
we got a bad copy. wouldn't play in dvd player. only sound in computer. due to return cost I am not able to return for another copy. so lesson learned
Published 19 months ago by helen myers
5.0 out of 5 stars Snake and Crane-- one of the best
The martial arts sequences in this movie are some of the best ever filmed. No quick cuts. No camera gimmicks. Read more
Published on July 4, 2011 by EBL
3.0 out of 5 stars Five star movie bad quality DVD!!!!
Love this movie Jackie Chan at his best before the nose job. You see he is the Martial Art Instructor for the movie. Read more
Published on December 19, 2006 by R. Lyle Millett
3.0 out of 5 stars The movie is boring, but the kung fu makes up for most of it
I think this movie has pretty good looking kung fu, especially at the end of the movie. You won't believe how long the last fight scene is-nearly seven minutes long! Read more
Published on May 28, 1999
3.0 out of 5 stars Best of Jackie's Lo-Wei Films
Before obtaining more artistic control over his films, Jackie Chan churned out several low budget chop-socky flicks fo Lo-Wei, director of Bruce Lee's "The Chinese... Read more
Published on May 22, 1999 by
5.0 out of 5 stars it't ggggrrrrrrrreeeeeeeaaaaaaattttttt!
this is one of the best, non-stop jacky action. if you like fight after fight after fight, this is a must see. Read more
Published on February 6, 1999
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