Snake and Crane Arts of Shaolin [DVD]
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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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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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Anyone who has never seen vintage Jackie chan at his best then please check this out (along with master with cracked fingers!) a true Kung fu classic!Published 12 months ago by Andy Joynes
S&C Arts is a quality Jackie Movie and it has some of the best action jackie has ever produced in his lifetime so for the image to be cut (anamorphic) losing the entirety of the... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Saviola