6.7/10
1,223
10 user 11 critic

Martial Arts of Shaolin (1986)

Nan bei Shao Lin (original title)
Jet Li weasels out of the north Shaolin temple to assassinate a despotic ruler at the ruler's extravagant public birthday celebration. Two other men from the south Shaolin temple also set ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay),
Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

1 nomination. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Action | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Two rivaling families live on opposite sides of a river. One of them practices Shaolin kung fu and has only sons, while the other has only daughters and practices the Wu-Tang sword. The ... See full summary »

Director: Hsin-Yen Chang
Stars: Jet Li, Lan Ding, Qiuyan Huang
Action | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Jet, a young soldier at the end of the second World War must overcome some abusive Americans who are bullying him as well as the Chinese people.

Director: Jet Li
Stars: Jet Li, Keith Anthony, Kaiming Chen
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

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 »

Director: Hsin-Yen Chang
Stars: Jet Li, Lan Ding, Jianqiang Hu
Dragon Fight (1989)
Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Two martial artist friends from China are performing a show in the States. Trouble starts when one of them decides to defect and stay in America.

Director: Hin Sing 'Billy' Tang
Stars: Jet Li, Dick Wei, Nina Li Chi
The Master (1992)
Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Uncle Tak, the old martial-arts master and medicine in normal life has severe problems with his former student Jonny, who wants nothing more than to kill his old master to show everyone who... See full summary »

Director: Hark Tsui
Stars: Jet Li, Wah Yuen, Crystal Kwok
The Enforcer (1995)
Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

An undercover cop struggling to provide for his son and ailing wife, must infiltrate a ruthless gang. But things turn sour when another cop blows his cover and he quickly finds himself battling for his life and the lives of his family.

Director: Corey Yuen
Stars: Jet Li, Anita Mui, Mo Tse
The Defender (1994)
Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A corrupt businessman commits a murder and the only witness is the girlfriend of another businessman with close connections to the Chinese government, so a bodyguard from Beijing is ... See full summary »

Director: Corey Yuen
Stars: Jet Li, Christy Chung, Kent Cheng
Action | Comedy | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Jet Li stars in this comic spectacle as a Chinese "Robin Hood" who stumbles upon a kidnapping scheme after unwittingly opening a martial arts school next to a brothel!

Directors: Jing Wong, Woo-Ping Yuen
Stars: Jet Li, Sharla Cheung, Dicky Cheung
Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A serial adventure writer with problems in his personal life lives out the adventures of his literary hero, King of Adventurers.

Director: Siu-Tung Ching
Stars: Jet Li, Rosamund Kwan, Takeshi Kaneshiro
The Legend (1993)
Action | Comedy | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

This Hong Kong martial-arts extravaganza tells of evil emperors and true love. The secret Red Lotus Flower Society is committed to the overthrow of the evil Manchu Emperor and his minions. ... See full summary »

Director: Corey Yuen
Stars: Jet Li, Josephine Siao, Michelle Reis
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A young father and his infant son are beset by forces of evil and corruption. They wander China, upholding their sense of honor and protecting the weak. When they are forced into combat, ... See full summary »

Directors: Jing Wong, Corey Yuen
Stars: Jet Li, Chingmy Yau, Deannie Yip
Action | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Two hitmen, one a novice and the other a veteran with poor luck, band together to find the "King of Killers" for whom there is a large reward.

Director: Wei Tung
Stars: Jet Li, Eric Tsang, Simon Yam
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jianqiang Hu
Qiuyan Huang ...
Si Ma Yan
Chun Hua Ji ...
Lord He's Bodyguard
Qingfu Pan
Jian Kui Sun ...
Lord He's Bodyguard
Cheng-Hui Yu ...
He Sao
Hai Yu ...
Sifu
Jianwen Zhang
Edit

Storyline

Jet Li weasels out of the north Shaolin temple to assassinate a despotic ruler at the ruler's extravagant public birthday celebration. Two other men from the south Shaolin temple also set out to assassinate the ruler, but all three fail and are chased all over by soldiers. Meanwhile, one of the southerners turns out to be a cross-dressed woman, who is also discovered to wear a footbell to match Jet Li's, meaning they are somehow slated for an arranged marriage. Written by Johan Wikberg

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Action | Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

1 February 1986 (Hong Kong)  »

Also Known As:

Martial Arts of Shaolin  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(DVD)

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Follows The Shaolin Temple (1982) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Roller coaster ride 'o whup-ass
22 October 2006 | by (Toronto) – See all my reviews

This great film brings together Jet Li and titan-of-a-martial-arts-director Lau Kar-Leung (Seven Swords, Drunken Master II, among scores of others).

Jet Li plays Zhi Ming, a monk in one of the northern shaolin schools who learns that the man who killed his parents, Lord He Suo, is holding a birthday celebration. He leaves the monastery without permission on a quest for vengeance. During the assassination attempt he joins up with Sima Yan and Chao Wei, also wronged by He Suo and out for revenge.

This film is not only chock full of great fights superbly choreographed, but also has plentiful demonstrations of kung fu as the beautiful martial art form that it is. The traditional Chinese dragon dance and drumming at He Suo's birthday celebration is also captivating.

Another strength is the unparalleled scenes for some of these fights - from the Great Wall, to ancient temples, to green valleys surrounded by breathtaking mountainous panoramas. This movie makes you want to travel to China.

Definitely recommended for fans of the genre.


6 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Martial Arts of Shaolin (1986) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?