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  • Actors: Jackie Chan, Kim Kong, Nora Miao
  • Directors: Chi-Hwa Chen
  • Producers: Hsu Li Hwa
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Contender
  • DVD Release Date: 14 May 2007
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000MR9DD6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 124,900 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Product Description

Hsu Yiu Fung (Jackie Chan) is suspected of killing all of the Shaolin Masters in the Hua Mountains and stealing the book of records, containing instructions for the unbeatable technique of the art of the Snake and Crane. Hsu protests his innocence, but is pursued by both the Shaolin Warriors and Chian-Tse, the leader of the Black Dragon Clan, who would use the new technique to dominate the region.

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One of my top three favourite old-school wild martial arts films.

This is Jackie Chan when he was at his best. Some humour, but sparingly used. Thankfully little of that annoying slapstick that pervades many of his later films. (Good for you if you like that, but I don't. Well, not in a martial arts film!)

This film is up there with classics suich as Snake in Eagle Shadow (Jackie Chan), Iron Monkey (Rongguang Yu), Magnificent Butcher (Sammo Hung), Buddhist Fist (Shun-Yee Yuen), Tai Chi Master -aka Twin Warriors- (Jet Li), and a few others.

Some sources provide a badly editted cut. But other than that, this is excellent chop-socky.

Update: to me, this Hong Kong Legends edition seems much better presented than my original Eastern Heroes one.
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From experience, there seems to be only one company that produces quality martial arts DVDs, and Eastern Heroes isn't it.
As with Spiritual Kung Fu, they have taken the PAN & SCAN verson of the movie (which already loses about 40% of the image) and they've ZOOMED IN ON IT. So where people think they are getting the original widescreen version that was filmed, they are actually getting less picture information that there is on the 4:3 video version. This is an absolute disgrace, as much of the action now seems to happen off the edge of the screen. The picture quality is also stunningly poor in places.
What was one of Jackie Chan's finest early martial arts films has now been reduced to something laughable. And with the original dubbing track, which is truly awful, and no subtitles, it's hard to think how this DVD could be any worse.
Take my advice - only buy from Hong Kong Legends. At least they treat the source material with respect.
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Very much a fan of early Jackie Chan martial arts films and though nowhere near the standard of Drunken Master and Snake in Eagles Shadow this film is enjoyable, some good fight scenes mixed with the dreaded Chinese attempts at humour, very watchable if you like early 1980's martial arts films but not for anyone else.
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This isn't the best Jackie Chan film. It isn't his funniest, his most action packed, the one with the biggest stunts or with the best storyline, or even with the cutest love-interest (there really isn't one). The direction isn't amazing, the plot is sufficient though hardly outstanding.

However, this film does perhaps best show off Jackie's amazing skills in the martial arts with both weapons and bare fists, showcasing a variety of styles before he uses the "Snake and Crane" style to defeat the big bad guy at the end.
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I watched this film many years ago, just watched it again now still a great film, the old school special effects add to the film, lucky I have a DVD player that is all region, otherwise not able to watch it,this is the only draw back.
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