The Fearless Hyena (1979) 1080p

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Action | Comedy
Frame Rate:
23.976 fps
Chinese 2.0  
Run Time:
98 min
IMDB Rating:
6.7 / 10 
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Directors: Dean Shek [Director] ,

Movie Description:
Shing Lung (Jackie Chan) is a youngster, living in a remote village with his grandfather who teaches him Kung-Fu. He keeps getting into fights, even though his grandfather warns him not to show their Kung-Fu to others. Lung, though, is tempted by some thugs he beat up to act as the Master of a Kung Fu school. This school's name apparently spreads far, as an old enemy of Lung's grandfather shows up and attacks him. Lung goes on training with the help of another member of the old gang, until he can eventually get revenge.


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I Don't Know What Hyenas Have To Do With It

Jackie Chan and his grandfather live alone, while grandpa trains Jackie in kung fu. Eventually the big bad guy, who dresses and has hair like Lucius Malfoy comes along and kills the old man. Jackie wants to run after him and fight him, but a little man with a crutch stops him, then begins to train Jackie in more kung fu so he'll have a chance.

Chan's first movie as director (although he has Richard Lo credited as "Executive Director") is a pretty standard plot, with the young disciple who slipped, seeking vengeance against the chief baddie. It's the handling that is a bit different. The second quarter of the movie has Jackie as the head teacher of a martial arts school, and he has to fight a bunch of people. It's all circus clowning, with Chan whipping people while dressed as a feeble-minded individual, in drag, and so forth. It's positively cartoonish, and the sound choices emphasize this: there's the introduction to "The Pink Panther" and sound stings that sound like they came out of Treg Brown's library. Plus for the big finish, he invents new, ridiculous styles of fighting that are, of course, successful.

in the meantime, it's a fine movie that combines silliness and seriousness, despite a few glitches in He would get better and better, peaking in the middle of the 1990s. However, everyone has to start somewhere, and this is a very good start.

A Memorable, if Strange Kung Fu Film

Notable for being an early kung fu movie for Jackie Chan, Fearless Hyena does little to set itself apart from the heap of martial arts movies that were being made at the time. That said, Jackie Chan is as fun as ever, and the fight scenes, while obviously dated by the standards of countless films to follow, are still entertaining.

It's a kung fu movie with a mix of comedy and drama. Themes of family and honor are present here as they were in much of the other Hong Kong films out there at the time. The story is the usual. An evil martial arts master kills a man, who is the father of a young martial artist. The son seeks revenge. Nothing new here. There's also comedy, and it's that uncomfortable, unsubtle Hong Kong humor, you know the kind. It's ok.

What is interesting is the movie's weirdness. Jackie's character, while undergoing his required character transformation, learns several different styles of martial arts, all named after something different, and all made to be utilized for a certain purpose. He has a happy style, a sad style, an angry style, etc. all of which have purposes, like one is more defensive, one is more offensive, etc.

The fights, of which there are plenty, do entertain. One sequence has Jackie fighting a different opponent at a time while at a dojo, each time in disguise. He fights one opponent while pretending to be mentally challenged, and fights another while pretending to be a girl. It's as weird as it sounds. There's also a really cool chopsticks duel, and a slick spear fight. The long final fight is fun and cool, and goes on for a stupidly long time. Jackie tries to mirror the emotions of his different styles, which means he'll start laughing or crying during the fight. It's great. Also the villain death is horribly brutal and has to be seen to be believed. Not graphic, but will make any male human flinch.

I am a serious Jackie Chan fan, like the rest of the world, and while this is not even close to being one of his best films, it's certainly fun and watchable, and it's very important to see it you're a kung fu enthusiast like me.

At one point Jackie starts crying during a fight and his opponent yells the word "baby" and it's the most unintentionally hilarious thing I've ever seen.

If the Three Stooges did kung-fu...

One of Jackie's earliest films, this already shows the remarkable talent he has for choreography and comic timing. All the more remarkable for the fact that he also wrote and directed this at the age of 25 (Spielberg was 28 when he directed his first film).All the hallmarks of a Jackie Chan are there, though understandably not quite as polished as he later managed to achieve.The humour stands up well too, for its age. I did laugh out loud in a couple of places.
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