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The Shaolin Temple (1982)
"Shao Lin si" (original title)

 -  Action | Drama  -  1982 (China)
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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, ... See full summary »

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Lan Ding ...
Bai Wu Xia
Jianqiang Hu ...
Wu Kong
Chun Hua Ji
Wang Jue ...
Ban Kong
Liu Huai Liang ...
Liao Kong
Qingfu Pan
Cui Zhi Qiang ...
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Wang Guang Quan
Wan-On Shing
Jian Kui Sun ...
Se Kong
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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Some releases of the movie include scenes at the beginning that were filmed in the Japanese headquarters dojo of the art called Shorinji Kempo. In those scenes the martial artists are wearing white dogi with black robes over them, in a style found in many Zen temples and monasteries. Elsewhere in the movie, monks are seen wearing grey and yellow. See more »

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The first of its kind
26 November 2000 | by (Newington, Connecticut, U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

"The Shaolin Temple" is the first Chinese martial arts film to use gongfu artists instead of actors. Initially, the Japanese investors hired actors, but didn't like the results, so they hired regional and national wushu champions. Although Jet Li is the main character and his wushu is exceptional, don't underestimate the other gongfu artists; they are just as good. The film was two years in the making due to injuries the cast received doing their own stunts. The credits state that the fight choreography was done by Pan Qing Fu, but this is not so. The cast choreographed their own fight scenes and deserve the credit they've been denied.


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