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Dragon Fist (1979)

Long quan (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Drama | 21 April 1979 (Hong Kong)
Tong Huo-wan (Jackie Chan) seeks redress from the man responsible for his master's death, but becomes entangled in a feud between a local clan and gangsters.

Director:

Wei Lo

Writer:

Chung-Ping Wang (screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Jackie Chan ... Tong Huo-wan
Nora Miao ... Mung-laan
James Tien ... Fong-gong
Yin-Ju Lin Yin-Ju Lin ... Chung Cau-ping
Szu-Cheng Mu Szu-Cheng Mu ... Ngai Cong-long (as Chiang Kao)
Yen Si-Kuan Yen Si-Kuan ... Chung Gim-gwan
Sha-Fei Ouyang ... Mistress
Hsia Hsu ... Chong Saam-taai
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lu Chiang Chao Lu Chiang Chao
Eagle Han ... Laam-ceng
Yuan Hsu Yuan Hsu ... (as Yuen Hsu)
Hsiao-shih Liang Hsiao-shih Liang
Kang Peng Kang Peng
Fat Tsui Fat Tsui ... Ngai's fighter
Li-Peng Wan
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Storyline

After the death of his master, martial arts student Tong Huo-wan travels with his adoptive family to seek redress from the man responsible but finds himself torn between righteousness and filial piety after becoming entangled in a feud between a local clan and gangsters. Written by Scott Napier

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Action | Drama

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Hong Kong | Taiwan

Language:

Cantonese | Mandarin | English

Release Date:

21 April 1979 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

In Eagle Dragon Fist See more »

Filming Locations:

Korea

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Filmed before but released after Jackie Chan's two Seasonal Productions movies, Snake in the Eagle's Shadow (1978) and Drunken Master (1978). This movie was filmed as a Mandarin-language movie. However, the focus on the dubbing switched to Cantonese, due to the success of the Cantonese-language Seasonal movies. This is why most releases feature Cantonese as the only Chinese dialect option, despite the fact that the harder-to-find Mandarin track syncs up with the actors far better. See more »

Alternate Versions

The Japanese theatrical cut is only about 89 minutes (compared to the uncut 96 minutes of the Hong Kong cut), but features a primarily unique music track. While it uses some of the same music cues as the Hong Kong cut, most of the music is produced especially for this edition, including two vocal tracks: "Dragon Fist" and "Do or Die". Aside from this, the opening fight montage with Hsiu Hsia has been replaced with footage of Jackie Chan's penultimate fight from the finale, while the opening credits play over set to the aforementioned "Dragon Fist" theme. As of now, this version is only available on a late 2014 Japanese blu-ray (the earlier Japanese blu-ray only features the alternate opening as an extra.) See more »

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Underrated Early Jackie Kung Fu Drama.
17 February 2019 | by ikhwan_arifSee all my reviews

What surprises me is how good the story was. Yes, it's a very basic and not a terribly unique premise, but it was well directed nonetheless (from which I heard rumors that Jackie himself directed but Lo Wei took the credit).

Whatever. The point is this film - Dragon Fist - is a surprisingly good dramatic kung fu period film. And I've always said that early Jackie Chan is best Jackie Chan and this movie is really worth mentioning in the same vein as Drunken Master 1 and Snake In The Eagles Shadow.

Much of the meat of this film is indeed the story; it starts of as a generic 'bully kills my master' setup but by 10th minute, almost immediately the story progresses and takes a twist. Through the length of the film, the movie dances into surface-level ideas of revenge and redemption, being stuck between a rock and hard place, right and wrong, what is honor and what it being honorable and I think it manages - not always but for the most part - succeeds in telling that story.

There is an arc here - Jackie Chan's character have the most developed arc of the story and it's executed well enough even though it wasn't deep enough. The acting is also - not everyone but for the most part - well done. There isn't anyone here deserving of an oscar, but everyone played their respective roles good enough that you don't have to suspend too much belief.

The action deserves a special mention because it is on the whole very well choreographed. It doesn't have the signature bombastic Kung Fu move shout-outs - rather it's simply stylized and theatrical kung fu fighting and in my opinion, gives the movie an extra hot sauce dash of appropriate realism.

If you've watched Drunken Master 1, and you've watched Snake In The Eagle's Shadow, then you should be watching this one too.


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