Snake in the Eagle's Shadow

  • 18
  • Yuen Woo-Ping (1978)
  • HK (SUB)
  • 92 min
Film Review
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4 out of 5

Released just before Jackie Chan's breakout hit Drunken Master, this terrific action yarn was the former stuntman's first leading role. Ditching his previous unsuccessful attempts to become the new Bruce Lee, he unveiled his talent for slapstick comedy here. Chan plays Chien Fu, a cowardly, bumbling bumpkin who learns the fabled Snake Fist fighting style from an old beggar and becomes a hero despite himself. Directed by Yuen Woo-Ping, who would later work on The Matrix and Kill Bill, the silliness of Snake's stock plot and the overbearing soundtrack are more than compensated for by the incredible, screwball fight sequences: Chien Fu shown by his teacher how to use a bamboo staff in mid-fight, or taking on a sword-carrying assailant barehanded. With Chan getting top billing, it's a film that marks the arrival of a charismatic and superbly acrobatic star.

Plot Summary

Martial arts action comedy starring Jackie Chan. A janitor at a kung fu school is trained in the art of the "Snake's Fist" by an elderly man in return for saving his life.

Cast and crew


Chien Fu
Jackie Chan


Yuen Woo-Ping

Other Information

Cantonese +subtitles
Certificate 18