You can’t learn Snake Fist without breaking some eggs, and Snake in the Eagle’s Shadow is the Greatest Movie EVER!
Click on the DVD cover or the title above to download our review of the film, featuring Sean “Hollywood” Hunting.
Review in a Nutshell: Featuring Yuen Woo-ping’s directorial debut, Jackie Chan’s first big break-out performance, and the creation of Simon Yuen’s legendary “Sam Seed / Beggar So” character, Snake in the Eagle’s Shadow is an important and entertaining martial arts film.
All the time allotted to talking about how difficult it is to find this movie seemed head-scratching to me, until I realized that while there are multiple uncut, restored, widescreen releases of this film with original audio, accurate subtitles etc–it’s on Blu-Ray now, even!–none of those releases are/were US releases and they’re not available streaming…and therefore, don’t exist. You can’t go seeking something out if you don’t know it’s there to be found, after all, and Paul’s recounting of his disinclination towards Jackie Chan being more a product of decades of poor/lackluster localization than the works themselves is indicative of that. I mean, you can’t expect anyone to keep straight that “Operation Condor” is actually “Armor of God 2” (edited) and “Operation Condor 2: The Armor of the Gods” is actually the original “Armor of God” (edited).
Recommendations for new fans to Jackie Chan? Watch the original Police Story. Watch the “Three Musketeers” era stuff like Project A, Wheels on Meals, and Dragons Forever. And for the sake of your own sanity, just…just watch the movies unedited already. If it’s dubbed in English, it’s probably cut so just uh…stop watching these movies poorly dubbed in English already. No, they do not have any “goofy charm,” they’re the end result of not giving one lick about the quality of the finished product.
Twitter question dude. Do not take Sean’s reco of Rumble in the Bronx, which is hot garbage. That movie is worth like 5-10 minutes of fight scenes, there is a hovercraft and Jackie has fun with a refrigerator, that is all. So cheese, it is hard to watch.
Go with Drunken Master II aka The Legend of Drunken Master from 1994, Jackie’s best film to date.
You guys should review my fave Woo Ping joint. Once Upon a Time in China 2, Donnie Yen vs Jet Li. The wire fu is no worse than Tai Chi Master which I know Paul enjoyed.
Once upon a time in china 2 has way less wire-fu than Tai Chi Master actually. Or atleast less exagerated wire-fu. No bouncing from person to person with diving headbutts (although for a comedy, such scenes are ofcourse quite fun.)