The Warrior from Shaolin (1984)





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This 1970s-style Hong Kong martial arts comedy from director Lau Kar-wing stars the irrepressible Gordon Lau as a monk called Tien Fa who is carrying a secret map with the locations of Japanese troops to a small band of rebels during the Japanese occupation in World War II. A pair of shifty boatmen (including Eric Tsang as "Fat Dragon") accompany him on his journey, which becomes a comedy of errors as the boatmen (who think he's carrying treasure) and the villainous Captain Wang (played by the director) try to swipe Tien Fa's package. There's also an amusing scene in a bordello and an appearance by the uniquely Asian brand of hopping vampires, as well as a number of impressively staged fight sequences choreographed by the Lau Family to keep things moving. ~ Robert Firsching, Rovi
Action & Adventure , Art House & International , Drama
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Eric Tsang
as Fat Dragon
Gordon Lau
as Tien Fa
Lau Kar-Wing
as Captain Wang
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[img][/img] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000]Liu Chia-hui is a Buddhist monk whose country, China, has been invaded by Japan during WWII. Liu leaves his responsibility to aid two young buffoons find a treasure that could be beneficial to China. There are two villains out to stop Liu and his men. Will Liu be able to protect the two misfits and achieve his goal?[/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000] [/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000]“You better be careful, you’ll end up with a broken head.”[/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000] [/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000]Liu Chia Yung, director of Master of Disaster, Fists and Guts, He has Nothing but Kung Fu, and Odd Couple, delivers The Warrior from Shaolin. The storyline for this film is inconsistent. This film contains vampires, World War II references, two villains fighting Liu as well as each other, a love story, and a father and daughter villain tandem. Luckily, the audience only needs to understand Gordon Liu’s character’s scenes.[/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000] [/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000]“That lying bitch must have been cheating me.”[/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000] [/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000]The boat shootings, the roasted chicken request, the vampire crossing sequence, the fight and shootings at the dinner table, the conversation with the mother in the alley, the fight on the wooden path with the clubs, the brothel sequence, the marketplace beating, Liu’s revenge during the fight in the street, Liu being tortured, the jailbreak, the two men getting beat out of their clothes, Fat Dragon’s demise, and the father’s demise were amongst the better portions of the film.[/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000] [/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000]“Fat Dragon, this is great. Even Buddha can’t help you now.”[/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000] [/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000]This is an entertaining martial arts picture. Gordon Liu is brilliant in this limited but action packed role. Liu’s character is believable despite the outrageous sequences he finds himself encountering. The choreography is first rate and breathtaking. There is also a solid blend of comic relief sprinkled in throughout the picture. This is not Liu’s best picture, but it is certainly worth watching.[/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000] [/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000]“You go to hell you good for nothing!”[/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000][/color][/size][/font] [size=3][color=#000000][font=Times New Roman]Grade: B [/font][/color][/size]

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