Jackie Chan

The Fearless Hyena

The Fearless Hyena

An auteur emerges as Jackie Chan—working for the first time as director, in addition to serving as cowriter, lead actor, and martial-arts choreographer—takes full charge of his on-screen image. Perfecting the archetypal Chan character, he stars here as a rapscallion student of his martial-arts-master grandfather (Hong Kong cinema legend James Tien) who uses his kung-fu prowess to fight challengers for money—until a personal tragedy forces him to get serious. Experimenting with various lenses and camera setups, Chan maximizes the action’s visual impact, while unleashing some of his most innovative fight choreography in a stunning, whirlwind display of “emotional kung fu.”

Film Info

  • Hong Kong
  • 1979
  • 97 minutes
  • Color
  • 2.39:1
  • Cantonese

Available In

Collector's Set

Jackie Chan: Emergence of a Superstar

Jackie Chan: Emergence of a Superstar

Blu-ray Box Set

4 Discs


The Fearless Hyena
Jackie Chan
James Tien
Chen Pang-fei
Yen Shi-kwan
Yen Tien-fa
Lee Kwan
Si Fu
Chen Hui-Lou
Eight-legged Qilin
Cheng Fu-Hung
Big Bear
Ma Chiang
Iron Head
Dean Shek
Jackie Chan
Produced by
Hsu Li-Hwa
Screenplay by
Jackie Chan
Screenplay by
Lo Wei
Martial-arts director
Jackie Chan
Chen Jung-Shu
Vincent Leung Wing-Chan
Music by
Frankie Chan
Art director
Chow Chi-leung


Bugs Bunny in the Shaolin Temple
Bugs Bunny in the Shaolin Temple

In a string of wildly entertaining films released between the late seventies and the mideighties, Jackie Chan paved the way to his international stardom by turning himself into a real-life cartoon character.

By Alex Pappademas