Jackie Chan had his directorial debut with the action comedy film he wrote with Wei Lo called The Fearless Hyena (1976). The Fearless Hyena (1976) features several very different fight scenes, including a duel with chopsticks, which was given tribute in the animated film, Kung Fu Panda (2008). Another scene had Hing-lung fighting disguised as a cross-eyed mentally disabled man, another with him disguised as a woman. In one scene Jackie Chan used “Emotional Kung-Fu”, a style that involves outwardly displaying the emotions of anger, sorrow, joy and happiness to find the opponent’s weakness which involved fighting while crying or laughing etc.
In The Fearless Hyena (1976), Ching Hing-lung gets a job selling coffins for an unscrupulous proprietor (Dean Shek), who even sells 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. They ask him to teach them kung fu and they take Lung to meet their sifu, Tee Cha (Lee Kwan), who is an 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. Lungs participation boosts the reputation of the school and of the scheming Master Tee. Lung makes the mistake of naming his school under the Ying Yee clan name which brings the school to the attention of evil kung fu master Yam Tin-fa (Yam Sai-kwoon), who finds and kills Lung’s grandfather. Lung eventually takes revenge for his grandfather’s murder after undergoing rigorous training from The Unicorn (Chan Wai-lau).
Director: Jackie Chan
Writers: Jackie Chan, Wei Lo
Stars: Jackie Chan, James Tien, Dean Shek