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Shao Lin men (1976)

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A survivor of an attack on a rebel group opposing the Manchu invasion of China creates the Goose Fist fighting technique and tries for revenge on a traitor.


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Credited cast:
Tao-Liang Tan ...
Yun Fei (as Dorian Tan)
James Tien ...
Shih Shao-Feng
Tan Feng (as Chan Yuan Lung)
Ching Chu ...
Autumn Moon
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Pao-Shan Chang
Chun Chao
Feng Chen Chen
Sheng Chiang
Chi Chu Chin
Officer Tu Ching
In-han Jang
Jeong-Kuk Jang
Chi-Ming Lam
Ke Ming Lin
Feng Lu


Superkicker Dorian Tan Tao-liang plays a Shaolin student who must find a Manchu traitor responsible for the murder of the abbot. Jackie Chan is a spear fighting expert who decides to help Tan because the traitor killed his brother. Part of their mission is to help a scholar make it safely across the river without getting killed from the Manchus. Written by Albert Valentin

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Rated R for martial arts violence and brief sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

15 July 1976 (Hong Kong)  »

Also Known As:

Strike of Death  »

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


According to rumor, Jackie Chan's role was originally intended for a Korean actor, but Woo thought the Korean was too old and slow and so fired him and brought in Chan instead. However, this story is contradicted in the new DVD commentary, as fight choreographer 'Sammo Hung' is quoted as saying Jackie was in from the beginning. See more »


Yun Fei: Men who beg are not heroes. They're cowards.
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Referenced in Mission: Impossible II (2000) See more »

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Looks impressive but the action scenes are slow. 4/10
27 December 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Review: For a movie that was made in 1976, the quality is brilliant and the vibrant scenery and amazing landscapes were great. The movie doesn't look dated at all but you can tell how old it is when you see the young Jackie Chan and skinny Sammo Hung, with some strange looking teeth. I was expecting hard hitting action from this John Woo movie but I was quite disappointed. You can tell that the actors knew exactly were the next hit was coming from and it all seemed a bit slow. The storyline was quite good and most of the actors put in a decent performance but the main character really needed to loosen up a bit. Anyway, an ex-Shaolin student, Shih (James Tien), leaves the temple and creates his own clan called the Manchu. He then sends his army to destroy all of the Shaolin members, including the master but there are still a few members left, who are in hiding. Yun Fei (Tao-Laing Tan), who is the most promising Shaolin student, goes on a mission to kill Shih but he knows that he can't do it alone because he is heavily guarded by the Manchu army, led by officer Tu Ching (Sammo Hung), who was also an ex-student at the Shaolin temple. Yun Fei recruits Tan Feng (Jackie Chan) who is seeking revenge after the Manchu killed his brother. He also recruits a brilliant Swordsman who is also seeking revenge after the Manchu killed his girlfriend. They then go into hiding and they plan the perfect attack to kill Shih and destroy the army. Its a well put together storyline which is pretty intense throughout but the action scenes really did let the movie down. There isn't any silly comedy throughout the movie, thank God but the sound effects were pretty bad during the action scenes and some of the fighting seemed to go on forever. With that aside, I have seen worse Kung Fu movies and I was quite impressed with Jackie Chan and Sammo Hung. On the whole, it's a watchable movie which won't go down as a classic but it's still quite enjoyable. Watchable!

Round-Up: This is the 4th major release from John Woo, 69, who has become famous for his detailed action scenes and unique gun movement styles. He first came to light back in 1986 with A Better Tomorrow I & II, which was a worldwide hit and then he hit the big screens again with The Killer, Bullet In The Head, Once A Thief and Hard Boiled, which made Chow Yun Fat a household name. He then started to make films for the western market, like Broken Arrow and the great Face/Off. In 2000 he made Mission Impossible II, which does have some impressive action scenes and he made Windtalkers, with Nicolas Cage and the poor Paycheck with Ben Affleck. In 2008, he went back to his native country and released Red Cliff I & II and he seems to have gone under the radar since then. For the time, this movie was a great achievement as there wasn't any special effects or fancy camera equipment but you can definitely see a difference in his work today. Personally, I think that he is definitely one of the best action directors because of his unique style but now that he has been out of the picture for some time, I can't really see him coming back to the Western market anytime soon.

I recommend this movie to people who are into their action/martial arts movies starring Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung, Biao Yuen, James Tien, John Woo and Wah Yuen. 4/10

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