This Jackie Chan movie, released in 1980, is not as good as "Snake In The Eagle's Shadow" or "Drunken Master". The humor sometimes doesn't work and sometimes it's just sore, the fight scenes aren't really worth being mentioned either. In opposite to that, the final fight (Whang In-sik vs. Jackie Chan) is really amazing. In a top 10 list of the best fights, this fight definetely would be in it. Besides the couple of scenes where one man is being tossed around several meters, there's absolutely perfect down-to-earth kung fu. No tricks, simply two men fighting each other for 15 min. Even though there are lots of screens in this comparison, one has to see it on the move.
Whang In-sik fights like a god and Jackie Chan is (in this movie) inferior. Nevertheless Chan finally makes it due to the fact that he can take more hits. A comparison with Rocky can be drawn, but in opposite to him, Jackie wins really plausible. The kicks, levers and punches are often real, it can't be faked like that.
Absolutely recommendable fight. Unfortenately, lots of scenes have been removed in the Old International Version (OIV).
The German Version, which has been used for this comparison, is equal to the Old International Version, which was released in lots of countries beyond Asia. The soundtrack is different as well. In the meantime, the HK Theatrical Version (HKTV) has been released in most countries all over the world. This version is uncut, but two plot scenes are missing. Those scenes are in the Old International Version (check out the other comparison).
69 cuts with a total running time of 16.44 min
OIV (VOX): 85.47 min PAL
HKTV (HK): 105.30 min NTSC = 101.17 min PAL
The remaining difference is due to lots of jump cuts (less than 10 frames each) and the fact that even the HK Theatrical Version isn't completely uncut. Furthermore the Old International Version contains some exclusive scenes.
The lion dance
Extended shot of two students, they're angry about the attack.
The lion dancers behave very inappropiate while they're warming up.
Jackie and his colleague lift the lion.
Jackie works the lion out.
Extended shot of the writing accountant. Then the golden lion again, blinking with his eyes. The beginning of the next shot is slightly shorter.
The two lions eat some salad from the buckets.
The lions dance lasts longer.
Extended shot of the lions on the balcony.
Extended shot of the lions' attempt to reach the bait.
And again the lions.
The OIV is different here and 58.04 sec shorter. Scenes, where the yellow teams loses the balance and almost falls from the balcony, have been removed. Jackie and his partner are obvious inferior to the traitor.
Extended shot of Jackie on the bank.
Two missing zooms to the faces of Jackie and the traitor. (One scene is different in the OIV.)
Two more missing zooms. One of the students and one of the Master.
Instead of a cut to the teahouse, there's a nice dissolve. Plus it's shorter.
Fight with the fan
A long part of the famous fight with the fan has been removed.
Again a part of the fan fight.
The scene, where the prisoner on the cart is being spit at, appears later in the OIV than it does in the HKTV.
A part of the rescue in the woods is missing.
Further fight scenes.
The guy with the fan tosses an opponent around. Furthermore the following shot begins earlier.
Several zooms to the prisoners and some opponents.
The prisoner beats up an opponent.
The prisoner beats up some other guys, too.
Meeting Yuen Biao
The "creek-drinking-peeing-scene" is also in the OIV, but much later.
Yuen Biao's and Jackie's skirmish is longer.
Extended shot of Jackie looking at the stick.
Extended shot of them with the bench.
Ditto plus some posing.... with the bench.
Some acrobatics with the bench.
The images speak for themselves.
The beginning of a shot.
At the cop's house
A part of the fight between Jackie and the cop. Among other things a frontflip from the chair under the table and back again is missing.
Extended beginning of the scene where Jackie is being tossed over the table with spread legs.
Some more footage of the cop's daughter.
Check the images.
Extended shot of Yuen Biao and Jackie at the belfry. Then Jackie, he follows the guy with the glasses.
Extended shot of Jackie, he fidgets.
Jackie kicks one of the guys in his family jewels several times, then he hassles the other one.
Extended shot of the two guys pushing Jackie around and beating him up.
Extended shot of Jackie and the guy with the blue ribbon while they're dancing.
Jackie kicks the Iroquois away and stumbles about his skirt. The other two start dashing off at him immediately.
Extended shot of Jackie playing with the two criminals.