Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Snake in Eagle's Shadow 2|
Actors: Yuen Yat Choh, Hwang Jang Lee, Juan Jan Lee, Huang Cheng Li, Shih Tien
Director: Yuen Woo Ping
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House
An orphan saves the life of an old beggar, a master of the Snake Fist technique. In gratitude he passes his knowledge along to the youngster, who then becomes a kung fu avenger. Jackie Chan at his classic best!
This is going to be tough to explain, but I will try my best
morgoth | omaha, NE | 07/08/2007
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Using a few minutes of footage from Snake in the Eagle's Shadow, someone tried to make this seem like a sequel. The original name of this movie is 'Snaky Knife Fight Against Mantis', and it is a decent Don Wong Tao flick. There are a couple of scenes where they show Jackie Chan fighting and I guess this is supposed to link the 2 movies together. Wong Tao is supposed to be playing Jackie, but the best thing to do is to just ignore the Jackie footage when it comes on. The story is already horribly done, and the spliced in footage doesn't help.
The story is very badly done, and not even worth going over. This is one of the rare times that I will not talk about the story at all. It is just pure nonsense, and the editing is some of the worst I have ever seen. The director obviously didn't care about the story. I can forgive a movie for having a bad story as long as it moves along at a good pace and has good fight scenes. The movie is boring, but luckily the fights scenes are really good, and there are plenty of them. The first fight has Alan Chui and some other guy going up against Wong Tao and Carter Wong. If you don't know who Alan Chui is, then I highly recommend checking him out in movies like Seven Grandmasters and Shaolin Temple Against Lama. He fills up the screen with uncountable movements and is maybe the fanciest screen fighter of all time. It's a shame he only gets about 2 minutes of action. Lung Fei (Kung Pow! Enter the Fist and Death Duel of the Mantis) shows up next, and this is THE best fighting performance I have ever seen from him, which is saying quite a lot since he has been in well over a hundred movies. I never knew he had moves like this.
If you are not a big kung fu fan, this movie will definitely test your patience. So if you end up just fast forwarding to the fight scenes, make sure you at least watch these- Carter Wong vs. Lung Fei, Chen Sing vs Wong Tao (they fight twice) and Lung Fei vs. Wong Tao (they also fight twice). These fights are worth a watch for any fu fan.
This is a hard movie to rate. The story is about as bad as it gets, but some of the fights are sublime. Don Wong Tao is on fire. I admit that I fast forwarded 20 minutes or so, but if you are a fan of Wong Tao or Lung Fei, you can't pass this one up.
Picture quality on the Xenon DVD isn't too bad, and the Enlgish dubbing is funny at times. Sound is fine."