Before obtaining more artistic control over his films, Jackie Chan churned out several low budget chop-socky flicks fo Lo-Wei, director of Bruce Lee's "The Chinese Connection". Despite this rather impressive credit, Lo-Wei possessed unfounded delusions of competence. The vast majority of the Chan films that he directed have only one bright spot: Jackie Chan. By far, "Snake and Crane Arts of Shaolin" is the best of these early Chan films. "Snake and Crane" focuses on various kung-fu schools and factions fighting Chan for the possession of a martial arts instructional book. (The story is better than it sounds.) At any rate, this means that the entire movie becomes one long fight scene after another, interspersed with comical attempts to "charm" the book out of Chan. Chan's co-stars all fight and act with some credibility, an element often absent in other Lo-Wei efforts. If possible, I would give "Snake and Crane Arts of Shaolin" 3 & 1/2 stars. Since I rate Bruce Lee's "The Chinese Connection" at 4 stars, this should give some indication of the quality of "Snake and Crane."