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Snake in the Eagle's Shadow

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Product Details

  • Actors: Jackie Chan, Siu Tin Yuen, Jang Lee Hwang, Dean Shek, Roy Horan
  • Directors: Woo-Ping Yuen
  • Writers: See-Yuen Ng, Chi Yuan Hsi, Chi-Kuang Tsai, Huo An Hsi, Loong Shiao
  • Producers: See-Yuen Ng
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Beverly Wilshire
  • DVD Release Date: November 13, 2001
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005AWR6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #195,058 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Snake in the Eagle's Shadow" on IMDb

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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful By robin on June 29, 2003
Format: DVD
It was good to see that Columbia/TriStar pictures had released the 2 movie dvd edition of Jackie Chan's classics. I watched Snake in the Eagle's Shadow since I was a young boy. I remembered watching it many times. This was back in the early 80s. Now watching it again is a delight.
Though, a very important part of the film was cut. This changed the tone of the film since it is the pivot of the storyline. The story was about how Jackie Chan learned the Snake Style from the old beggar, who is the master of the Snake Style. However, a vicious martial art opponent with an Eagle style was determined to wipe out the Snake Style clan. Chan didn't know this was going, and the old beggar was on the run, to escape from the Eagle Style master. Through the middle part of the story, Chan discovered that the Snake style manual that was left to him was torn apart by his cat. He found his cat trapped in a corner of the room confronted by a cobra snake. In the original film, it actually revealed how the cat won the fight against the cobra, with agility and the speed of its claw. The snake failed in its offensive attempts, and in the end the cat killed it. This scene brought an important revelation to Jackie that he could integrate the cat fighting system into his current Snake fighting style. The scene is pivotal because he saw how the cat avoided and faught back the snake. This I believe, is not only important for the film, but also for the audience, who can see logically how Jackie would adapt such style. The fight between the cat and the snake was omitted, where we could only see the confrontation of the snake and the cat, and the next cut was the snake dying on the floor with the cat next to it. I am not sure whether this only happens in the region 4 version, but I suspect its a standard cut.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By LAURICE GALLETTA on May 21, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
This movie's story is pretty simple Shang Kwan Yi Mun (Hwang Jang Lee)is the eagle claw master who has decided to wipe out everyone who knows the Snake Fist technique. After having killed almost every snake fist master there is now only one left Pak Cheung Tien (Simon Yuen). But what he doesn't expect is that Pak Cheung Tien will teach the poor orphan boy Chien Fu (Jackie Chan) the snake fist style. Now Chien Fu has to under go some of the most tortuous training ever devised. On the way he also learns another style "the cat's claw" which he learns from a cat that kills a king cobra snake. Chien Fu now decides to combine the snake's fist with the cat's claw to be able to beat Shang Kwan Yi Mun in the final confrontation. This movie is a pretty stunning showcase and the first time Jackie Chan got to show what he is able to perform. Simon Yuen shines as the old snake fist master. Hwang Jang Lee also makes a solid performance as the dreaded eagles claw master. What can I say this movie is a classic. Anyone interested in Jackie Chan's kung fu movies Snake in the Eagle's Shadow, and Drunken Master is the ones to get too. See Yuen founder of Seasonal Films saw his chance when he managed to get director Lo Wei to loan out Jackie Chan for 2 movies. Although many people had told him that it was a major risk to have Jackie Chan as the star after all the awful movie's he had made in the past with Lo Wei who tried to position Jackie Chan as the next Bruce Lee which was a very bad idea. This movie just can't fail the fight scenes are brilliant especially for the time they were made. Although the production on this movie seems this One of the Best and was typical for all Hong Kong movies ever made at the time. This is the movie that gave Jackie Chan the recognition to be a Star, and soon to be a Super Star.Read more ›
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By F. Khan on August 29, 2004
Format: DVD
Before I go on I must say that my score is based on a heavy tilt. As a DVD this has nothing to really merit 5 stars in the way of features, extras and the ilk. But you're not buying this movie for features are you? You're buying it because this happens to be one of the finest Kung Fu movies ever made.

There is a plot that revolves around two feuding kung fu schools, the snakefist and the eagle's claw. The eagle's claw has all but won, having successfully killed most of the members of the snakefist. Jackie Chan plays an errand boy working in a small kung-fu school and he happens to come across the last remaining master of the snake fist and provides him out with food and shelter.

That's the plot. Its full of holes but at the same time it is dotted with some hilarious moments, highlighted by excellent fighting scenes, and carried by jackie chan's irresistable charm.

This is old school jackie chan. If you've only seen his new films you will most likely not like this. For people who really enjoy his older work or want to see a classic jackie chan film, this is amongst the best. I also recommend police story which is another jackie chan classic.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By T-Man on February 9, 2006
Format: DVD
This is a decent flick of Jackie Chan's early stuff. Jackie had a good share of unsuccessful films with Lo Wei, because he didn't use Jackie Chan to the fullest. Lo also tried to make Jackie Chan another Bruce Lee. But this is his Jackie's first collaboration with Yuen Woo Ping (the choreographer from The Matrix triology, Kill Bill Volumes 1 & 2, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, and Unleased), and he introduced Jackie to the genre of kung-fu comedy.

This DVD (the Columbian Tristar version) is the second-best version out there. This version, however, cuts out a brief fight between a cat and a snake (this fight scene is important to the plot). To get the full story, buy the Mei Ah version, or the Hong Kong version.
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