Snake in the Eagle's Shadow

Directed by Woo-Ping Yuen. 90 minutes. Rated PG. Cantonese with subtitles.

Along with DRUNKEN MASTER, SNAKE IN THE EAGLE'S SHADOW launched a new fusion of comedy and kung fu.

Everyone abuses and humiliates a downtrodden orphan (Jackie Chan) until he befriends an old man, who turns out to be the last master of the "snake fist" fighting style.

Jackie becomes the old man's student and finds himself in battle with the master of the "eagle's claw" style, who has vowed to destroy the snake fist clan.

Though these plot elements are familiar stuff, they're all executed with outstanding verve; the performances, the fight choreography, and even the obligatory training sequence are unusually complex and well filmed.