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Dragon Fist (1979)
[rating: 4/10]
[aka: In Eagle Dragon Fist]

Jackie's Master is killed by an enemy taking revenge for a love affair years before. Jackie becomes a kung fu master and goes to get his revenge. Jackie gets involved in another conflict between his enemys school, and thier enemies. Every kung fu school wants to control everything and only one can come out on top.

Fearless Hyena (1979)
[rating: 7/10]

I know you've heard this plot before. Jackies grandpa/teacher gets killed by some enemys so Jackie needs to get revenge. I really like this movie! Jackie made this one after Snake in the Eagles Shadow and Drunken Master became popular. Lo Wei let Jackie direct this one and it has Jackies own style in it, which is the Kung Fu Comedy.

Fearless Hyena 2 (1983)
[rating: 5/10]

The Lo Wei monstrosity. Jackie had just started filming this movie before moving to Golden Harvest. Lo Wei was quite bitter and even got the Triads involved. Jimmy Wang Wu got Jackie out of trouble so Jackie did to favors for Jimmy, making Fantasy Mission Force and Island of Fire. Lo Wei was very bitter over this entire situation so a couple of years later Lo put together Fearless Hyena 2 from the little filmed footage that he had, outtakes from Fearless Hyena, and new scenes that they shot using a Jackie Chan look-a-like. All of this nonsense is why I don't like this movie that well. It does have Jackie in it and didn't turn out that bad so I'll give Lo that credit. But NONE for trying to cash in on Jackies name.

Half a Loaf of Kung Fu (1980)
[rating: 6/10]

Jackie makes fun of the kung fu genere.

Hand of Death (1976)
[rating: 5/10]
[aka: Countdown in Kung Fu, Shaolin Men, Strike of Death]

See John Woo's early work, a chop socky! Starring Jackie Chan, Yuen Biao, Sammo Hung. I don't think this would be considered starring roles for any of them however they do appear in it.

In Eagle Shadow Fist (1973)
[rating: 0/10]

Killer Meteors, The (1976)
[rating: 3/10]
[aka: Jackie Chan Versus Jimmy Wang Wu]

Jimmy Wang Wu uses a secret weapon known as the Killer Meteors. No one has seen the Killer Meteors and lived. Jackie Chan plays the evil villian who is trying to get the Killer Meteors. I repeat Jackie is playing the villian. This movie is a good Jimmy Wang Wu movie--but not a good Jackie Chan movie. If you are out looking for a plain kung fu movie then this is a good one. If you are out for a Jackie Chan extrordinare look elsewhere. (have you seen Jimmy Wang Wu's other movie Fantasy Mission Force. If you have you know what your getting yourself into.)

Magnificent Bodyguards (1978)
[rating: 4/10]

Originally filmed in 3D, perhaps it would be better if it was still in 3D.

Master With Cracked Fingers (1971)
[rating: 1/10]
[aka: Eagle Shadow Fists, Little Tiger from Canton, Snake Fist Fighter, Stranger in Hong Kong, Ten Fingers of Death]

Jackies father is killed by the crime boss that he works for. Jackie is raised by his step father who won't let Jackie learn howto fight. Jackie, even as a youngster, wants to learn kung fu and does learn kung fu from an old beggar in the woods. Jackie is working as a waiter at a resturant. Some thugs come around trying to collect protection money but Jackie stands up to them and fights them. Jackie keeps getting into more trouble with the gang until he aventually fights the crime boss that killed his father. Luckily for Jackie the old beggar helps him train so he will come out victorious.

Jackies first starring role! This movie was never completed and never released when the company making it ran out of money. The unfinished film gathered dust on someone's shelf until Jackie Chan became popular. As soon as Jackie became a superstar the movie came off the shelf and was finished with a Jackie Chan look-a-like. Notice throughout this movie that there is many times Jackie is looking away from the camera for no particular reason and the end fight he has a blindfold over his eyes.

New Fist of Fury (1976)
[rating: 4/10]
[aka: Fists to Fight]

Early Lo Wei film, sequel to Fist of Fury [aka: The Chinese Connection]. Jackie who refuses to learn kung fu early in the film finds he needs to in order to survive. Very anti claimatic ending where the whole kung fu school that jackie belongs to gets killed by the Japanese. After two hours of building a bond between the school this is a very discouraging ending.

Police Woman (1974)
[rating: 1/10]
[aka: Rumble in Hong Kong, Young Tiger]

A Hong Kong policewoman battles the villans, including Jackie Chan!

Don't be fooled by this movie. This is early, early Jackie Chan fair. It's not that great, slow, dragging, etc... The only thing that I enjoy about this movie is Jackie Chan playing a bad guy, and the outrageous clump of hair out of the outrageously huge mole on his face.

You have been warned, don't be fooled by the renaming of this to "Rumble in Hong Kong", it has no connection/resemblance to the good Rumble in the Bronx.

Shaolin Wooden Men (1976)
[rating: 5/10]
[aka: 36 Wooden Men, Shaolin Chamber of Death]

Poor little, abused, mute, Jackie! Jackie plays a mute boy being raised by the Shaolin. Jackie learns kung fu from a prisoner that is locked up in a cave at the Shaolin temple. Jackie doesn't realize that this guy is the guy that killed his father, which is the whole reason why Jackie hasn't spoken a word in years. The prisoner escapes and starts havoc across the country side again. Jackie will take him on to get his revenge for his fathers death.

Snake & Crane Arts of Shaolin (1978)
[rating: 6/10]

Spiritual Kung Fu (1978)
[rating: 5/10]
[aka: Karate Bomber, Karate Ghostbuster]

Four ghosts help Jackie learn kung fu to defeat the bad guy.

To Kill With Intrigue (1977)
[rating: 4/10]

Jackie is betrayed by his friend. He gets the help of a strange woman who is in love with him. She trains him and gives him powers to defeat his old friend.


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