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Shaolin (2011)



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As feuding warlords fight to expand their power, the noble monks of the Shaolin Temple clean up the mess left behind, tending to the injured while trying their best to protect the poor and weak. General Hou (Andy Lau) has caused much of this mess with his violent and ruthless tactics that rarely discriminate between soldiers and civilians. When Hou is betrayed by fellow general Cao Man (Nicholas Tse), he is forced into hiding, and takes refuge with the monks (including Jackie Chan) at their hidden mountain temple. As the days pass, he finds himself more and more at ease as he learns the ways of peace, and begins to release his hatred through Martial Zen. But Cao is not far behind, and war soon reaches the temple, where the monks are ready to fight back with their unstoppable Shaolin Kung Fu. -- (C) Reliancemore
Rating: R (for violence)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Alan Yuen, Cheung Chi-Kwong, Chan Kam Cheong, Wang Qiuyu, Zhang Tan
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 25, 2011
Box Office: $64.3k
Variance Films - Official Site


Andy Lau
as Hou Jie
Nicholas Tse
as Cao Man
Wu Jing
as Jing Neng
Yu Shao-Kang
as Jing Hai
Hai Yu
as The Abbot
as Jing Kong
Xin Xin Xiong
as Suolongtu
Xiong Xinxin
as Suolongtu
Bing Bai
as Tian'er
Yu Hai
as The Abbot
Jacky Wu
as Jing Neng
Yu Xing
as Jing Kong
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Critic Reviews for Shaolin

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (10)

An ambitious, almost epic drama that devotes as much time to introspection as it does to combat.

Full Review… | September 9, 2011
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

"Shaolin" fits in the more somber kung-fu tradition. But it also finds room for the genre's comic strain.

Full Review… | September 9, 2011
New York Times
Top Critic

The epic feel to this Hong Kong action-drama helps balance a lack of hand-to-hand combat scenes.

Full Review… | September 9, 2011
New York Daily News
Top Critic

More action, less talk should be the order of the day, but it isn't.

Full Review… | September 9, 2011
New York Post
Top Critic

Shaolin features a half-dozen impressive action set pieces, including an elaborate carriage chase and a battle inside the cages where Cao imprisons his workers.

Full Review… | September 8, 2011
Top Critic

The kung fu itself is great fun to watch, from the discipline of balancing on one foot on a wooden pillar, the other in the air, for hours at a time to the confrontations that send fist and feet flying.

Full Review… | September 8, 2011
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Shaolin


Fantasy martial arts tale built on the simple story of a man who makes a terrible mistake, hurting everyone who loved him, and spends the rest of his life clearing his mind, rebuilding the way he sees the world and atoning for his sins by protecting the weak. A simple, solid story that was beautifully acted and really moved me. Everyone finds their place. And of course I've been an Andy Lau fan my whole life because people think my dad looks like him. Or should I say, he looks like my dad.

Letitia Lew
Letitia Lew

Super Reviewer

Really good film. Lots of great choreography. Jackie Chan shows up in this, and he adds alot of humor. The only thing that took away from the movie was the foreign troops that show up to cause conflict...the lead soldier was a horrible actor. But that is such a small section, and it doesn't take away from this film. Good all around movie.

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

the film had some excellent moments. the story was predictable but still engaging, some of the action was solid, and the film looked great. however there was so much about this film that disappointed. some of the action was silly, and the end of the film fell flat at so many moments. i was looking forward to this film with much anticipation, but in the end, it was just a tad above average.

danny d

Super Reviewer

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