Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Snake in the Eagle's Shadow (1978)

This was supposed to go up ages ago, but life got in the way. Anyways, here's the 1978 Jackie Chan vehicle Snake in the Eagle's Shadow. Go here for a plot summary, but beware of possible spoilers.

If Police Story was the film that brought Chan to the attention of western audiences, then this is the one that introduced him to Chinese viewers. It was the first picture in which Chan was allowed to do stunts the way he wanted to do them, to the great success of both the movie and his career. Definitely worth a watch if you want to see Chan in his prime. Makes a good double bill with Chan's later Drunken Master.

The DVD isn't anything to write home about, but the picture looks great and it has the original Chinese language track on it, which is always nice to have. No extras to speak of, but that isn't unforgivable for a budget priced disc.

1) The character Lei Wulong from the Tekken video game series is based on the character Chan portrays in this movie.

Link(s) of interest:
1) Buy the DVD

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