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Shaolin Wooden Men est probablement le premier vrai premier rôle de Jackie Chan dans le genre de film pour lequel il est connu et reconnu depuis quarante ans maintenant. Le film, réalisé par Chen Chi-Hwa est un mélange efficace de comédie débile, de film d'action débridé et de tremplin pour Jackie Chan, qui y joue un moine muet tiraillé entre deux styles de kung-fu. Prenant le parti de passer pas mal de temps sur l'entraînement du personnage principal, cela renforce bien la deuxième heure et la séquence de l'épreuve des Shaolin Wooden Men, véritable invention cinématographique. Evidemment, tout ceci est encore un peu long et les sautes de ton sont parfois étonnantes, mais on est vraiment en présent du premier vrai bon film avec Jackie Chan en tête d'affiche.
Very Special Kung Fu Finest Quality
The kung fu move are slow and look choreograph. But this is the style back then. A young Jackie Chan who is mute fight the 5 kung fu stances master (Dragon, Snake, Tiger, Crane, Panther) and win. He was dreaming. Along with his brothers, they learn kung fu from Shaolin. They wear iron shoe to collect water. A nun give him words of encouragement. He is slow and nearly expel but persevere. When he is young, his father is killed by a masked fighter. He follow 2 monks sneakily into a restricted cave and saw an old man Hwang Jang Lee been chained. Jackie pick up the bun and give it to him. He want Jackie to bring him wine next time. Hwang is happy after drinking the wine and wants more, promise Jackie he will get rewards. A guy attempted the wooden men alley and fail badly. Hwang tell Jackie he is mastering a skill call Lion Roar and gonna break free. Jackie try to steal the wine from the senior again and is caught, punish to clean kitchen everyday. Hwang decide to teach him kung fu. The nun saw him practicing the moves and say it is deadly. She want to teach him another kung fu that is evasive and useful. So he learn from 2 masters and become good. Hwang says he is good enough for the wooden men test and want him to pass something to a man after he graduate from Shaolin. Jackie pass the test. The master abbot know he learn all his kung fu from the captive monk and ask if he pass things to him. He know it will be troublesome for Shaolin. Jackie go downtown and found the person. At an inn, Jackie beat up some gang bullies who cause trouble. The messenger pass the message to the gang. Turns out the Hwang is leader of the gang. He breaks free and rejoin the gang downtown, going on a killing spree on the people who captured him. The gang capture the inn daughter as ransom. Jackie follow the brother to meet up. Shaolin 18 Luo Han is send to fight Hwang but no use. Jackie saw the fight and get the brother to distract the monks and Hwang escape. He assure he will settle the abduction problem. They seek shelter at a stranger house. Hwang thought a bald man is monk and kill him. Later he kill the whole family. He chase off Jackie and the brother. The duo couldn't find the people at the meetup point. The sister return home safely. A man keep asking for information. Jackie cross path with him and isn't his match. He is the killer of his father. Jackie left the care of the inn and find the blind monk as instructed by the master in Shaolin. Turns out Hwang is his first disciple. He set up a gang in town and was capture back by 3 kung fu masters. The blind monk ask the master to teach Jackie kung fun to defeat Hwang. The 5 kung fu stances masters are defeated by Hwang. The killer came to assist the Shaolin monks. Turns out he isn't the killer. He make use of the peculiar kung fu move in order to lure the real killer out but to no avail. He fight Hwang and reveal he is the inventor of the peculiar kung fu. Jackie intervene and fight Hwang and speaks finally. Jackie manage to win him and he didn't kill him to revenge. Instead ask him to follow the monks go back and repent because he is afterall his master. Hwang fakingly agree and tried to kill Jackie but he evade the move and he kill himself. Jackie become a monk in the end.
I own this on DVD in a seven movie pack along with:
* The Fearless Hyena (1979)
* Battle Creek Brawl (1980)
* The Young Master (1980)
* Dragon Lord (1982)
* Project A (1983)
* Project A Part II (1987)
Surprisingly good for a 76 year's movie. Man... and that's a LONG time ago. I wasn't even born yet, holy cow! Or should I say, Holy Chan!
Well "Jacky" Chan.
But back to business.
It's amazing that they could make a descent movie back in those days. Those were the rough days in mankind... well, at least at the cinema industries. Story is okay and the wooden men are really nicely made up, but they had really short part in this movie, pity. Fighting was bit clumsy sometimes, and some scenes it worked out smoothly. Dubbing wasn't that bad as usually. Characters had more charm than in 'Shadow Fist', or what ever that movie is officially called. That was lousy. I kinda liked this one. Small step forward from the porridge of seventies action cinema, but really careful and tiny step.
You don't need to be hardcore Chan fan to watch this, no need to grind your teeth and put matches in your eyes, even it is some lengthy. Sit back and enjoy. Eat some popcorn to make yourself comfortable.
Old school martial arts film with a interesting story and heart. Jackie Chan doesn`t say much but still he made a strong performance with acting and of course with choreography. The movie got balance between comedy and drama.
Jackie Chan gave more effort on his martial art styles by mutating traditional forms like the snake form (one of Jackie's favorites) giving more flowing and flamboyant movement and being less classical in structure in this pre-1980's Hong Kong film.
Jackie played a mute young man whose father She Lan was killed by an unknown assailant. I've read a couple of different rumours on why Chan was mute in this film: to make it easier on him acting and the other rumour was that director Lo Wei did not have confidence in his acting skill.
Under-rated film featuring a mute Jacky Chan who begins training at a Shaolin monastery. This films best draw-card is it's plot. This is your regular Kung Fu vengeance story but written much more cunningly and cleverly. The typical plot mechanisms are used, but they didn't bother me, and the story held my attention better than most modern movies I see.
Jackie's fighting is great, and I particularly enjoyed the training he receives from the Nun(?). Not to mention the inventive and really quite absurd training he gets from the imprisoned man.
As like other films of this period, I think that only Kung Fu genre die-hards will really sit through this and feel rewarded. The Wooden Men themselves never seemed as dangerous as the real men in the film - is this some kind of comment on human nature in a Kung Fu film?
All JC-movies rated here.
An old old movie where JC isn't even allowed to speak! Some action but not sure if recommended.