Shaolin and Wu Tang (1984)





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[img][/img] [font=Times New Roman][size=3]A Manchu prince is envious of the two primary clans in his kingdom. The two clans, Shaolin and Wu-Tang, have respect for each other, and the two youngest students are best of friends. However, through the demises of the prince they are pitted against one another. The Wu Tang young man believes the Shaolin young man is responsible for the death of his master; while the Shaolin young man believes the Wu Tang young man is responsible for the death of his sister. They both leave in separate directions, and learn to master their trade from the head of their clans. The prince pits the two clans against each other to fight to the death to see who the better clan is.[/size][/font] [size=3][font=Times New Roman] [/font][/size] [font=Times New Roman][size=3]“I didn’t invite you here to fool around, when I say fight, I mean fight.”[/size][/font] [size=3][font=Times New Roman] [/font][/size] [font=Times New Roman][size=3]Gordon Liu directs Shaolin & Wu Tang. The scenes in this film are magnificent for an old school kung fu film. The training scenes are first rate and filmed beautifully. The storyline is also very solid for a martial arts film, which is not generally revered for story and plot. Nevertheless, the great presentation of the training sequences and the layout of the story really adds this film to Liu’s classics.[/size][/font] [size=3][font=Times New Roman] [/font][/size] [font=Times New Roman][size=3]“It’s our secret, never teach the Wu Tang.”[/size][/font] [size=3][font=Times New Roman] [/font][/size] [size=3][font=Times New Roman]There are plenty of excellent sequences in this film, but my two favorites were the opening sequence prior to the credits, and the fight scene between the archers and spearman and the two student youths and the two girls. The chick fighting the guards, the prison scene, the Shaolin training sequences, and the audition sequence at the Shaolin temple to prove his worth were also excellent portions of the film. [/font][/size] [size=3][font=Times New Roman][/font][/size][size=3][font=Times New Roman] [/font][/size] [font=Times New Roman][size=3]“I came here tonight to play chess; nobody mentioned anything about a sword fight.”[/size][/font] [size=3][font=Times New Roman] [/font][/size] [font=Times New Roman][size=3]Though I believe this is an excellent film, I believe this film, along with The Buddhist Fist are amongst Liu’s two most overrated films. They are both good, but are often reviewed as his best two films. I feel his work in Masterkiller, Fist of the White Lotus, Shaolin Challenges Ninja, and Dirty Ho are underrated and better overall films. Shaolin & Wu Tang is an excellent film, and belongs in your martial arts collection. I recommend ten to fifteen films ahead of this one though.[/size][/font] [size=3][font=Times New Roman] [/font][/size] [font=Times New Roman][size=3]“We Shaolin have nothing we want to learn from you.”[/size][/font] [size=3][font=Times New Roman] [/font][/size] [font='Times New Roman']Grade: B+ [/font]

Kevin Robbins
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