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Hard as a Dragon

original title: Bi hu tiao qiang

Comparison:

  • US VHS
  • German DVD (Reconstructed Extended Cut)
Release: Jun 11, 2020 - Author: Muck47 - Translator: Mike Lowrey - external link: IMDB

Comparison between the cut US VHS and the uncut German DVD.


- 5 cuts
- Cut duration: 80.8 sec (= 1:21 min)

Also, 14 missing moments on the German DVD with a duration of 21.2 sec

A few additional master errors with a duration of less than 0.5 sec each were not listed in the report.


Hard as a Dragon or The Tiger Jump is a rare Eastern that has basically only been preserved in acceptable quality in Germany, but a 35mm scanning, two Super-8 versions of different lengths as well as the VHS in this country have all been shortened to different degrees. For the DVD released on 7 March 2019 as part of the "Asia Line" series, the uncut version was therefore reconstructed using these widescreen sources as the basis and additions were made that stem from several foreign VHS releases.

Previously, the film was only available in its entirety on VHS in Hong Kong, but this was not an acceptable option due to the massively zoomed full screen, catastrophic picture quality and film tears/wears. The French VHS contained - at least in widescreen - most of the violent scenes that were missing in the four German versions, but it was also cut at its own places and due to several film tears as well as some longer missing scenes it was even a few minutes shorter. The US VHS was also available in widescreen, but the picture quality was clearly worse and it was also shortened, as well.

That's what the following comparison is about, because right at the beginning, the US VHS lost about one minute during a fight scene. Probably just a longer master error, but with that the version is clearly to be classified as shortened. There are a few more deviations due to the original version. And many, completely insignificant frame cuts without censorship/action relevance, which were ignored when reconstructing the extended version for the German DVD, can be found here again.

Runtimes are ordered as follows: US VHS in PAL / German DVD in PAL

The US VHS has an additional title insertion at the beginning.

+ 5 sec




In Germany, the local title was inserted above the first shot. The picture also freezes here and can be seen longer than on the US VHS.

German DVD 9,9 sec longer

US VHSGerman DVD




02:43 / 02:49-02:52

Jumpcut at the beginning of the shot of the baddies. When panning over, the US VHS starts again.

3 sec




06:52 / 07:01-08:13

Chen runs after the next guy and chases him away after a few attacks. The old man walks up to him and thanks him. In the following conversation, he tells him that the baddie is his son and he regrets that he has become a gangster. During a bank robbery, Yang had been arrested and had thrown the loot into the water. Chen says calmly that the gang is now gone.

72.3 sec (= 1:12 min)




17:39-17:40 / 19:00

The last shot of the club (before the training session) is a little longer on the US VHS.

+ 1.3 sec



During the follow-up shots, the German DVD loses another 1.5 seconds due to jumpcuts.


21:32-21:34 / 22:49

The moped drives a little longer down the road on the VHS.

+ 2.1 sec




24:32-24:34 / 25:47

The tea is placed on the table a little longer and the baddie laughs earlier on the VHS.

+ 1.7 sec



Shortly after this, another 0.8 seconds are lost during a shot.


28:46-28:48 / 29:59

Chen leaves to the side on the US VHS, then the follow-up shot of the woman in the club is a little earlier.

+ 2.4 sec




37:04-37:05 / 38:14

Master error: Chen a little longer on the US VHS.

+ 0.9 sec



38:19 / 39:28-39:29

Now Chen can be seen a little longer on the German DVD just before the motorcycle attack.

1 sec



50:20-50:21 / 51:28

In the DVD master, two jumpcuts follow shortly after each other when the boss comes to the playing minions.

+ 1.4 sec




58:37-58:38 / 59:42

Before the chase through the alleys, the guy in the red shirt is taken away for a moment longer on the US VHS.

+ 0.9 sec




59:09 / 60:13-60:14

After Chen has disappeared from the picture with the boy, there is a jumpcut on the US VHS, before the policemen appear on the right side of the picture.

1.4 sec




59:29 / 60:34-60:38

At the end of the scene outside, the US VHS is again chopped off due to mistakes in the master. It also starts a little earlier inside in front of the elevator.

3.2 sec




60:20-60:21 / 61:28

Jumpcut on the DVD master just before Chen Er shoves Mao.

+ 1.5 sec




60:42-60:43 / 61:49

Jumpcut at the beginning of the conversation.

+ 0.9 sec




61:06-61:09 / 62:12

Two Jumpcuts shortly after each other in the approach.

+ 2.8 sec




65:49-65:51 / 66:52

Middle part of the shot with further stair climbing.

+ 2.3 sec




67:00-67:01 / 68:00

Chen is running ahead on the VHS and the follow-up (helping the boy) is also a moment earlier.

+ 1.6 sec