THE FEARLESS HYENA (1981 USA)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.3|5.0 Starsììì

The Fearless Hyena, while not an outstanding kung fu movie, manages to impress with some of its training exercises like doing sit ups upside down while hanging from a tree. The story is typical of this genre and works as an afternoon watch.

Storyline

Young Shing Lung (Jackie Chan) overestimates his ability to use kung fu and finds himself in trouble with much more skillful fighters than he.

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director Jackie Chan for directing effort. Thank you to Producer Li Hwa Hsu for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Grandpa (James Tien), The Coffin Seller (Dean Shek), The Unicorn (Hui Lou Chen), Yen (Shi-Kwan Yen), The Master (Kun Li), and Willow Sword (Tien-Chi Cheng).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Maybe. It’s one of Jackie Chan’s earlier films and not one of his best, but it is good education to watch an earlier work to understand that skill and performance develop over time and, with steady work, ability increases.

Ben Meyers

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