Snuff Bottle Connection adds a novel twist to the kung fu genre by making a group of Russians the villains and setting up a Chinese secret agent and his con man brother as the Ching Dynasty's only defence against a Russian takeover of Manchuria. The long-legged, high-kicking John Liu (Secret Rivals 1 & 2, Invincible Armour) plays the imperial agent who goes undercover to find out who's playing host to the four Russian military men visiting Ching Yoon Town. Liu turns for help to his brother Kao (Yip Fei Yang 'Instant Kung Fu Man'), a con artist and gambler with a young thief-in training (Wong Yat Lung 'Sleeping Fist & Thundering Mantis') as his protege. Kao's abilities come in handy when the need arises to steal the jade snuff bottle from the Russians and use it to smoke out the traitor. The Russians, led by Colonel Tolstoy (Roy Horan 'Snake In The Eagles Shadow), are a rowdy lot and are expert martial artists and supreme troublemakers. Dependable kung fu villain and an equally adept high kicker, Hwang Jang Lee ('Dance Of The Drunk Mantis & Secret Rivals 1 & 2'), adorned with long white hair, plays General Shantung, the former military hero who has agreed to help the Russians in exchange for a promise to be installed as their puppet ruler after the invasion. Lots of well-staged fights between well-matched kung fu performers in scenes choreographed by kung fu director extraordinaire Yuen Woo Ping, best known today for his work in 'Iron Monkey, The Matrix and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon'. .