The Fearless Hyena

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The Fearless Hyena
Hong Kong DVD cover
Traditional 笑拳怪招
Simplified 笑拳怪招
Mandarin Xiǎo Quán Guài Zhào
Cantonese Siu3 Kyun4 Gwaai3 Ziu1
Directed by Jackie Chan
Produced by Hsu Li-hwa
Written by Jackie Chan
Starring Jackie Chan
James Tien
Dean Shek
Music by Frankie Chan
Chen Hsua-chi
Cinematography Chen Yung-shu
Edited by Liang Yung-tsan
Goodyear Movie Company
Distributed by Lung Cheung Company Limited
Release date
  • 17 February 1979 (1979-02-17)
Running time
97 minutes
Country Hong Kong
Language Cantonese
Box office HK$5,445,535
The Fearless Hyena
Traditional Chinese 笑拳怪招
Simplified Chinese 笑拳怪招

The Fearless Hyena is a 1979 Hong Kong kung fu film directed by and starring Jackie Chan.

The film has been released on several alternative titles internationally, including:

  • Revenge of the Dragon (USA video title)
  • Superfighter 3 (West Germany video title)
  • The Shadowman (West Germany video title)


Ching Hing-lung (Jackie Chan) is a youngster, living in a remote village with his grandfather, kung fu master Ching Pang-fei (James Tien). Lung does not take his training seriously enough, he gambles, and he gets into fights which lead him to display the skills his grandfather has told him he must keep secret.

Lung briefly finds employment selling coffins, working for an unscrupulous proprietor (Dean Shek), who even stoops to selling second-hand coffins. Lung is fired when he accidentally traps his boss in one of the coffins. After making his escape, he runs into three thugs he'd beaten up earlier, who ask him to teach them kung fu. Lung meets their sifu, Tee Cha (Lee Kwan), the unskilled leader of the Everything Clan. Master Tee offers Lung a lucrative job training his students and fighting against the top fighters from rival schools. This boosts the reputation of the school and of the scheming Master Tee. However, Lung makes the mistake of naming the school under the Ying Yee clan name. This comes to the attention of evil kung fu master Yam Tin-fa (Yam Sai-kwoon), who finds and kills Lung's grandfather. But, Lung eventually takes revenge for his grandfather's murder after undergoing rigorous training from The Unicorn (Chan Wai-lau).


  • Jackie Chan as Shing Lung
  • James Tien as Ching Pang-pei, Lung's grandfather
  • Dean Shek as The Coffin Seller
  • Chan Wai-lau as Unicorn
  • Yam Sai-koon as Yam Tin-fa
  • Lee Kwan as Tee Cha
  • Rocky Cheng as "The Willow Sword" Bar Tar
  • Chiang Chih-ping
  • Chu Siu-wa
  • Eagle Han-ying as Chin Wa-li
  • Hp Hing-nam
  • Chui Yuen
  • Wong Ken-mei
  • Kim Sae-ok
  • Kuo Nai-hua
  • Alan Chui Chung-San
  • Chang Ma
  • Peng Kong
  • Wong Yiu as Stony Egg
  • Man Lee-pang
  • Wong Chi-sang as One of Yam's men
  • Wang Jia-en

Fight scenes[edit]

Fearless Hyena features several unusual fight scenes, including a chopsticks duel (homage later paid in the cartoon film, Kung Fu Panda), Hing-lung fighting disguised as a cross-eyed mentally retarded man, disguised as a woman, and using "Emotional Kung-Fu", a style that involves vividly displaying the emotions of anger, sorrow, joy and happiness to find the opponent's weakness thus fighting whilst crying or laughing.

Box office[edit]

The film grossed a total of HK$5,445,535 at the Hong Kong box office.[citation needed]

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