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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-Chang 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)
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
UK:15 | USA:R (certificate #26407) | West Germany:18 (nf)

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11 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
The Coolest Monkey Kung Fu Movie of All Time, 4 July 2001
Author: Blake ( from Dallas, Texas

Be prepared to be converted to being a life long fan of monkey kung fu movies after seeing this movie! This is the *granddaddy* of monkey kung fu movies! Prepare to have your world rocked with movie coolness monkey kung fu style! One of the all time most entertaining movies ever made! This is what kung fu movies are supposed to be... highly entertaining, jaw dropping edge of your seat fight sequences and great humor.

I had the chance to see this fine movie as the 4th Annual Tarantino Film Festival. When Tarantino introduced the movie he showed off his monkey kung fu and drunken style kung fu skills which were dead on. Though I will note that in the version shown at this fest it shows about a 2 minute sequence involving a monkey fight a snake, which is crucial to the plot towards the end... which on most video versions of this movie is completely cut out which pretty much renders the end of the movie sorta confusing and disjointed. So if you do look for this film be sure and look for the uncut complete version of it with the full monkey fighting the snake sequence. There are various movie places out there that sell the uncut version. If you watch a edited version of this movie you will probably scratch your head and wonder why anyone would rave about this movie... you know the slightest of cuts to a movie in any length at crucial points in the movie can have the hugest effect on it... and this is one of those cases.

From the opening scenes of someone jumping from tree to tree monkey kung fu style I was hooked with this movie. The movie gets you involved from beginning to end. The good guys in the movie are all fight monkey kung fu style with some mixing in some drunken style, which makes for a super super cool combination. The bad guys all fight snake fist style which makes for an awesome adversary in fighting techniques.

I can say I haven't seen an audience so into a movie and so full of joy afterwards since I first saw the movie The Matrix. This is like one of those ultimate kung fu movies that fires and hits on all cylinders. Many of us have seen so many bad kung fu movies we forget there are those gems like this one that revitalizes you, takes you to movie paradise... that magical feeling you get when you walk out of a movie that makes you remember why you love movies in the first place. The climax and final fight sequence in the uncut version of this film is one of the best fight sequences I've seen in any movie. You are literally almost on your feet or at the edge of your seat with your arms and legs reacting with kung fu moves to what is happening on the screen as you root for the good guy.

I have become the hugest fan of monkey kung fu movies after seeing this movie and I'm sure anyone out there that sees this movie will want to run out and rent or buy every monkey kung fu movie they can find... though there aren't too many movies in any genre quite as entertaining and cool as this one. Hopefully the fine folks at Criterion will someday turn this into their fine collection of DVD releases.

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