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January 22, 2017
This Shaw Brothers film directed by Chang Cheh was before he made the Venom Mob cast and crew were known as such and they are terrific. The story involves a Shaolin Temple needing more fighters to help defend themselves agains some bad guys, so they take on some young prospects. Training sequences and a final showdown ensue. The story is pretty standard, but the fight scenes and training sequences are terrific. Cheh Chang also packs the film with pretty much wall-to-wall action, so there's never a moment to get bored with the routine story.
September 6, 2016
To think that LaRusso complained about painting a few fences and waxing a car. Miyagi ain't got shit on these monks training techniques. It is fairly slow paced and action friendly until the final 30 minutes when it kicks off all over the monastery.
June 19, 2016
Not to be confused with the Jet Li 1982 film, this is a basic tale about newcomers who try to join Shaolin temple. Some are looking to gain skills to take revenge, while another group are rebels trying to hide from Qing Dynasty forces. The movie is a full 2 hours long, mostly training montages. The movie is a bit weird when it comes to convenience, such as the elder monks getting poisoned off screen so the Qing invaders are a lot stronger. The last half hour is a nice showcase of athleticism, even showcasing a Shaolin spade among other techniques. The heroes are able to at least kill some of the big baddies before Shaolin falls. The movie's thin plot holds it back, but its an entertaining earlier entry from the Shaw Bros.
May 13, 2014
Well made but average 1976 Shaw Brothers Kung Fu flick. Production values are very good for the time and the movie features most of the major actors working for Shaw Brothers at the time. The highlights are actor Fu Sheng fighting spinning wooden men in tight corridors and several fairly creative deaths.
February 18, 2012
This martial arts classic features many big stars of its time. Rather interesting to watch and entertaining. 3 youths kneel in front of the temple for 5 days hoping to learn kung fu. The grand abbott know the government wants to destroy them. He is willing to teach outsiders the shaolin kung fun so that it will not extinct. Fu Sheng and 2 pals finally gain entry. David Chiang, Ti Lung, Wang Lung Wei and few others are soldiers who escape the battlefield, hoping to seek refuge in temple. Another batch of people kneel in front. The monks use rice to lure those to eat and they are disqualify. 3 new guys from the batch pass the test. The soldiers are practising and Fu spar with Wang but lose. A traitor who is the 2nd monk in charge works for the government. He will get more help from within. David and Ti chase after him when he return to temple but lose track. A nun advise them to stop and will teach them kung fu. She want the duo to help Fu, who is the son of her first disciple. And want Ti to teach her second disciple (Yongchun) who happens to be his good friend. Fu everynight learn tiger and crane fist from a master in bedroom. Finally he defeated Wang. The traitor monk recruit Wang as helper. A guy who has been in the kitchen for more than a year finally gets to learn staff technique. Fu and a pal wanna leave temple for their main objective - revenge. They enter wooden men valley which is the only way out. The traitor monk instruct them to be killed. The duo split up inside. The monk fight the friend and is lucky some others enter to help him. A senior monk bring him out and show another way out of temple. Fu have to go through the various wooden men stages and fight Wang and later the monk. David and Ti later help him. He escape and join his pal outside. All those who help are to face wall for 3 months. The army is going to attack and traitor monk poison the well. David saw him again and warn the others. Fu and pal got their revenge and saw army aplenty, got to know the temple is in trouble soon and go warn the abbott. Immediately, the army bash in. From there onwards it is no holds bar kung fun bonanza. The senior monks are all poison and will go down with the temple, advise those disciples to spread their kung fu. Fu and the staff guy defeated the traitor monk but the later also died. David and Ti defeated Wang. Many others sacrifice themselves fighting the enemies. The temple is burnt and the few survivors split up outside.
November 25, 2011
A classic from the Shaw Brothers: martial arts scholars strive to reach perfection enduring every kind of hardship, they indeed succeed, and the Manchu kill them all (almost). A massacre in the best chinese vein - poilitically grim.
½ October 31, 2010
A kung fu film to put modern kung fu films to shame. Walk on jaggy rocks with pieces of paper laid over them, until you don't split the paper. Stir congee with a big stick for 3 years. Tie weights to your legs and jump up and down - then when you take them off, you'll probably be able to leap 400 feet into the air. marvellous :)
October 19, 2010
The prequel to "5 Shaolin Masters", "Shaolin Temple" was made by Chang Cheh 2 years afterwards, and something was lost... "5 Shaolin Masters" was an awesome piece of work, but "Shaolin Temple"... well, had no tempo... It took forever to get to the good fight scenes, and when it finally happens, not much of a payoff. And the last fight scene? It was so long that I was looking at the runtime... But the good? The fights, the choreography, the set designs are absolutely top-notch. (Too bad my DVD is non-anamorphic though....)
September 10, 2010
A Great Kung Fu Eastern about the Beginning of the Shaolin with excellent Fight Choregraphy, Innovative Story & beautiful Pictures of the Chinese Nature, Culture and a beautiful Soundtrack
March 31, 2010
Well made but average 1976 Shaw Brothers Kung Fu flick. Production values are very good for the time and the movie features most of the major actors working for Shaw Brothers at the time. The highlights are actor Fu Sheng fighting spinning wooden men in tight corridors and several fairly creative deaths.
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