This is where it all began. Chan teamed with director Yuen Wo-ping (later to serve as action director on Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) for this Kung Fu comedy about a bullied young man working as a janitor at a martial arts school who learns to fight back against his tormentors using a Kung Fu technique known as “Snake’s Fist”. Soon, the novice starts to develop a strategy of his own—fittingly, since Snake in the Eagle's Shadow also found Chan himself arriving at what would become his inimitable, career-defining style. The film became Chan's first box-office hit, and the first movie to introduce the world to his innovative brand of action-comedy.

  • Directed By Yuen Wo-ping
  • 1978
  • Hong Kong
  • Dubbed in Mandarin with English subtitles
  • 35mm
  • 98 minutes