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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
The flaws with this particular version are...
1. Missing 5 minutes of footage.
2. Subtitles are dubtitles (meaning the "subtitles" actually follow the... Read more
It is not the original version some fighting not there.in the end. I was looking for the very first copy madePublished 19 months ago by robert laster
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 learnedPublished on March 31, 2013 by helen myers
The martial arts sequences in this movie are some of the best ever filmed. No quick cuts. No camera gimmicks. Read morePublished on July 4, 2011 by EBL
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. Read morePublished on November 12, 2002 by Chris Zarb
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 morePublished on May 28, 1999