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Shaolin Prince (1982)

Shaolin chuan ren (original title)
R | | Action, Comedy | January 1982 (USA)
As the names of Chang Cheh and Liu Chia-liang became legendary, all-too-often the name of their equally valued collaborator, Tang Chia, is omitted. That may be,because, unlike the previous ... See full summary »

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Lung Ti ...
Tao Hung
Derek Yee ...
Wu Tzu-tai
Jason Pai Piao ...
Lord 9
Feng Ku ...
Premier
Fei Ai ...
Emperor
Kuan-Chung Ku ...
Puppet Emperor
Yu-Po Liu ...
Miss Hsia
Chia Tang ...
(Guest star)
Hoi Sang Lee
Feng Kuan
Hui Huang Lin ...
Holy Fool Wu Ming
Kwok Kuen Chan ...
Holy Fool Wu Chu
Tau Wan Yue ...
Holy Fool Wu Li
Tao Chiang
Shen Chan ...
Abbot
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As the names of Chang Cheh and Liu Chia-liang became legendary, all-too-often the name of their equally valued collaborator, Tang Chia, is omitted. That may be,because, unlike the previous pair, the veteran kung-fu choreographer only went on to direct three movies of his own. Of course, that makes this trio all the more special, and this first effort perhaps the most special of all. It may be an eye-filling, mind-bending martial arts tale of two royal princes battling for the rightful recovery of the throne, but it's also a party, where Tang invites two cinematographers, three editors, and no less than five other choreographer friends to almost literally shoot the works. The results are kung-fu configurations not only never seen before, but never even imagined! Written by Adam Egre <degre@waun.tdsnet.com>

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The Master Executioner...The Dragon of Death!

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Action | Comedy

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Trial by 18 Monks
27 February 2001 | by (fredericksburg VA) – See all my reviews



A cool film, no doubt, designed by the Shaw Bros. Superhumans abound, from the Ninth Prince and his iron glove whose two entended fingers can snap swords like bamboo, to an aquatic assassin who fights with two herringbone-cleavers, to the intertwined mass of the 18 Shaolin monks whose combined bodies create an unstoppable single fighter that protects the secrets of their Temple. You even have a Chinese exorcism, complete with possessed young girl slashing off heads with long needle-like claws, and this only a brief sub-plot.

The final confrontation alone, between the film's two young fighting heroes and the evil Ninth Prince, astride an ornate royal transom that turns into a sword-shooting, body-crushing battering ram, makes the movie well worth seeing. A groove.


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