Little Tiger of Canton
|Cub Tiger From Kwang Tung|
UK DVD Artwork
|Directed by||Chu Mu|
|Produced by||Lee Long Koon|
|Written by||Lau Suen|
Chan Hung Lit
|Music by||Frankie Chan|
|Cinematography||Ng Fat Sam
Wong Kwok Nam
Cheung Chi Keung
|Edited by||Hamilton Yu|
Soon Lee Films Co.
|Distributed by||Showbox Home Entertainment (UK)|
|1973 (Hong Kong)
Cub Tiger From Kwang Tung (simplified Chinese: 广东小老虎; traditional Chinese: 廣東小老虎; pinyin: Guǎngdōng xiǎo lǎohǔ) is a 1973 Hong Kong martial arts action film directed by Chu Mu and starring Jackie Chan. Chan was 17 when the film was made in 1971, and it is considered to be his first starring role.
Cub Tiger From Kwang Tung was filmed in Hong Kong in 1971, but only saw a limited cinema release two years later. The small independent release was shelved after its brief run and never received an international release. In the late 1979, in the wake of Chan's success in Snake in the Eagle's Shadow and Drunken Master (both 1978), the film re-emerged at Hong Kong cinemas, in a poorly re-edited version with some newer footage of Dean Shek and Yuen Siu Tien spliced in, along with a rather obvious Jackie Chan double.
The amalgamated footage was sold to US film producer Dick Randall, who dubbed and repackaged it, and gave it an alternative title, Master with Cracked Fingers. The rights were subsequently sold to 21st Century Distribution who gave this version of the film a brief run in US cinemas in 1981, under the title Snake Fist Fighter.
Since Chan became more popular in the West, particularly after the US release of Rumble in the Bronx (1996), the repackaged film has seen numerous VHS and DVD releases from a wide variety of film distributors in the US and UK.
The original film, Cub Tiger From Kwang Tung was finally given an international DVD release for the first time in 2007. It was released in the UK (DVD is 0 region) on Showbox Home Entertainment's Rarescope label. This is the complete original 85 minute film, as it was released in Hong Kong in 1973, without edits and additions. It contains the original Mandarin soundtrack and imbedded English/Chinese subtitles. Due to the poor quality of the print, some of the subtitles are chopped from the foot of the screen, so the DVD contains an additional set of subtitles which appear whenever the originals are cropped or missing.
Hsiao Hu (Jackie Chan) has been secretly training in martial arts, as his father (Tien Feng) has forbidden him. Later, some local store owners ask Ah to help protect them from a greedy Chinese extortion ring. Ah discovers that the crime lord behind the extortion had killed his father years before and is determined for revenge.
|Jackie Chan||Hsiao Hu (original role name, as Chan Yuan Lung) / Ah Lung (1979 version) / Jackie (US redubbed version)|
|Chan Hung Lit||Chow Bin|
|Tien Feng||Lung's Foster Father|
|Shu Pei-Pei||Hsiao Lan|
|Hon Kwok Choi||Pickpocket (Little Frog)|
|Chun Chin||Uncle Xia|
|Chi Ming Wong||cameo|
|Chin Yuet Sang||Extra|
|Yuen Siu-tien||Old Master (as Hsao Ten Juan) in New footage|
- "HKMDB listing". The Cub Tiger from Kwangtung (1973). Retrieved 2009-01-26.
- "Hong Kong Digital". Master with Cracked Fingers. Retrieved 2009-02-05.
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