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The Shaolin Temple (1982)

Shao Lin si (original title)
| Action, Drama | 1982 (China)
The Tang emperor is betrayed by one of his generals, who installs himself as emperor in the East Capital. The son of one of his slave workers escapes to the Shaolin Temple, learns kung fu, ... See full summary »

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Lan Ding ...
Bai Wu Xia
Jianqiang Hu ...
Wu Kong
Chun Hua Ji ...
Tu Ying
Wang Jue ...
Ban Kong
Liu Huai Liang ...
Liao Kong
Qingfu Pan
Cui Zhi Qiang ...
Xuan Kong
Wan-On Shing
Jian Kui Sun ...
Se Kong
Guang Quan Wang
Dihua Yan
Du Chuan Yang ...
Wei Kong
Cheng-Hui Yu
Hai Yu ...
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The Tang emperor is betrayed by one of his generals, who installs himself as emperor in the East Capital. The son of one of his slave workers escapes to the Shaolin Temple, learns kung fu, and sets out to kill the traitor, who killed his father. The monks have to help him, and in the process, they save the true emperor, who rewards them greatly. Based on a true story from Shaolin folklore, but highly fictionalized. Written by Johan Wikberg

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CNY 1,200,000 (estimated)
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This film was the first Hong Kong production to be filmed in mainland China. The film was funded by a Hong Kong production company but uses a Mainland cast and crew. See more »

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Referenced in Iron & Silk (1990) See more »

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Kung Fu
27 November 2000 | by (Sweden) – See all my reviews

If you want to see a non-stop action Kung Fu flic, this movie will be a good choice. More fighting than talking, and good fighting at that. The actors were taken from the chinese national wushu team, and these guys coordinated the fighting scenes themselves without a stunt coordinator. Many styles and weapons are used, such as drunken staff, mantis boxing, and such. The shaolin monks in the film don't seem to take their rules very seriously... they eat meat(dog meat!), drink wine and kill people...The movie was shot on location at the shaolin temple. Shaolin Temple was such a huge hit in Asia, that it made hundreds of chinese children go to the temple in hope of learning shaolin Kung Fu. Also Jet Li's first movie.


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