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Sum Cheung (writer)
Wilson Tong (co-writer)
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May 1980 (USA) See more »
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A snake style expert travels the lands, imposing his mastery on others, until he runs into a monkey expert living on the edge of a small town... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
John Cheung ... Liang (as John Chang)
Yao Lin Chen (as Charlie Chan)
Pomson Shi (as Lin-Yu Shin)
Chiu-Sing Hau ... Teacher Ho (as Tsau Seng Hau)
Wilson Tong ... Hired killer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ming-Wai Chan
Kang-Yeh Cheng
Chok Chow Cheung
Chi Cheng Ho
Wei Lan
King Chu Lee
Hung Liang
Hsin Shen (as Sian Sen)
Tien Hsi Tang ... Master Yan (as Tien Si Tang)
Chor Lam Tsang
Fat Wan (as Fat Yun)
Tse Wan Yau

Directed by
Sum Cheung 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Sum Cheung  writer
Wilson Tong  co-writer

Original Music by
Fu Liang Chou  (as Fook Liang Chow)
Cinematography by
Tony Fan  (as Chuan Lin Fan)
Film Editing by
Kung-Wing Fan 
Makeup Department
Shao-Hua Lai .... makeup artist
Production Management
Hsing-Fan Lin .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Chi-Hsing Li .... assistant director
Art Department
Yung-Hsi Tseng .... props (as Yung Sih Chen)
Sound Department
Shen-Lin Ku .... sound effects editor
Yu Ting .... dubbing editor
Hsin Shen .... assistant stunt coordinator
Wilson Tong .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Yi-Chao Chao .... lighting technician (as I-Chao Chiu)
Hao-Ran Chen .... still photographer (as Hao Yin Chan)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Chi Li .... costumer (as Chi Lee)
Other crew
Alex Gouw .... presenter
Hui Lu .... script supervisor (as Wai Loo)

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Also Known As:
"Snake Fist vs. the Dragon" -
"Snake In The Monkey's Shadow" - International (imdb display title)
"Snake in the Monkey's Shadow" - Hong Kong (English title) (imdb display title)
"La serpiente a la sombra del mono" - Peru (imdb display title), Spain
"2 tödliche Fäuste im Schatten der Schlange" - West Germany (imdb display title)
"Cuore di leone, palma d'acciaio" - Italy
"La serpiente en la sombra del mono" - Spain
"O Punho da Serpente" - Portugal (imdb display title)
"To kitrino fidi tou karate" - Greece (transliterated ISO-LATIN-1 title)
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USA:100 min (DVD)
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8 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
The best of it's genre, 5 August 2005
Author: averymor from Brooklyn

Long before the Kung-Fu cinema of this period became a cult following and channel 5 (FOX) started running the more contemporary of these movies on Saturday afternoons, my cousin told me about a movie that he'd seen on 42nd st. (NYC, the Mecca of the kung-Fu craze) that I had to see.

As a kid, we had grown up on some of the older stuff, 5 Fingers Of Death, 7 Blows of the dragon, and all of the Bruce Lee movies. Most of this during the blackploitation era.

Then there was a lull in our Kung-Fu diet, well as far as anything new and different was concerned.

So when I finally saw this with my cousin on his recommendation (Said it was so good he had to see it again) I was blown away. I'd never seen anything like it before or since (with the exception of "Kung Fu Hustle" which now ranks a 10 on my greatest Kung-Fu list) The story was tight, the choreography was above average for it's time and the cinematography was top notch.

What I like best about this movie, compared to all the others, is that you didn't see a guy get punched or kicked 12 times before coughing up blood and then coming back to give 24 blows of his own before that person hacked up a lung.

This was a three to four hit minimum movie, which means there was more focus on style and defense in the fight scenes before eventually someone scored a hit, and when they got hit, they felt a real fight more or less.

Also, this was one of the first movies to give you the styles that appeared here....Drunkard, Monkey, Snake and when you think about it, all three are the more flamboyant of styles (not to leave out the Mantis style) I've argued with other Kung-Fu aficionados in video stores over a novice's query as to what's the best Kung Fu movie to start out with.

Hands Down, you up your Kung-Fu appreciation immensely with this gem.

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