Snake In The Eagles Shadow
's breakout film and Yuen Woo Ping
's directorial debut, this movie helped revitalize both their careers and the waning Hong Kong film industry.
The story starts off showing a master of the renowned Snake Style fighting and dying at the hands of a wandering Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy
, a master of the Eagle Claw who has sworn to kill all masters of the Snake Style.
Then we meet Chien, an orphan regularly beaten upon
and treated like a servant by the Kung Fu school that has adopted him. One day after a particular painful beating he sullenly walks along to find an old-man set upon by a gang of kung fu fighters. Jumping to his aid and through a series of kung fu hijinks the old man decides to teach Chien Snake Style and through Training from Hell
leads him to his I Know Karate
But the master of the Eagle Claw takes notice of his newfound abilities, and things wont end peacefully...
A definitive Kung Fu classic, here Jackie Chan first departed from the Bruceploitation
characters he often portrayed into the comedic action roles he is now renowned for.
This film provides examples of:
- Bruce Lee Clone: Averted.
- Comforting Comforter: The Old Man does this for Chien, who is the whipping boy for the martial arts school where he's been raised.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Most of the fights the Eagle Claw Master takes part in have him taking his opponents apart, aside from the final battle.
- Groin Attack: "Finding the Snake", a move Chien uses on the Mantis School's master.
- Old Master: The Old Man.
- Title Drop: At the end of the film. The Old Man suggests that he use it as a name for his new style of Kung Fu.
- Took a Level in Badass: Chien, after learning Snake Style, to the point that he can kick the ass of the guy who effortlessly took down the two masters of Chien's school at the same time. He levels up again after developing Cat's Claw, and combining it with his Snake Fist