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American Shaolin (1991)

PG-13 | | Action | 23 July 1992 (Germany)
After being humiliated in the ring by a dirty kickboxer who pulled down his shorts and then hit him, a martial arts master decides to travel to China and enter a monastery where he may ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Reese Madigan ...
Drew Carson
Trent Bushey ...
Trevor Gottitall
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Gao
Billy Chang ...
Li
Cliff Lenderman ...
D.S.
Henry O ...
San De (as Zhang Zhi Yen)
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Master Kwan
Alice Zhang Hung ...
Ashena
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Maria
D.D. Delaney ...
Bob
Sifu Jai ...
Dr. Pfeelgut
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Announcer
Toki Hill ...
Coach #1
Alan Pottinger ...
Young Adult
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After being humiliated in the ring by a dirty kickboxer who pulled down his shorts and then hit him, a martial arts master decides to travel to China and enter a monastery where he may learn the Shaolin form of fighting. The film then veers into "Karate Kid" territory where the novice humiliates himself at every turn, is tolerated as a foreigner, and still comes out a champion. The monastery teaches non-violence, but everyone knows that sooner or later the student will catch up with the bad guy. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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American Shaolin: King of the Kickboxers II  »

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The Shaolin temple featured in the film was actually comprised of several legitimate Chinese temples. Though the production had access to the genuine Shaolin temple of Henan province, the filmmakers decided that it was too small and unimpressive to be the sole filming location. One other location was the Buddhist Tian Tung temple of Zhe Zhiang province. See more »

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During the first fight between Drew and Trevor, the crowd outside of the ring clearly disappears and reappears between shots. See more »

Quotes

D.S.: Do not cling to material things. From now on, your mind and your body, belong to me!
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Connections

Follows No Retreat, No Surrender (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

Summertime Blues
Music and Lyrics by Eddie Cochran and Jerry Capehart
Lead vocals: Stephen Hogg
Backing voice: Jim Knettle
Produced and Arranged by Richard Yuen
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A well made movie; except the martial arts action is just dead boring.
30 January 2005 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

American Sholian tells the story of Drew Carson; who after being humiliated by Trevor Gottitall in a martial arts tournament goes to China to become a Sholian monk! Once there, it becomes apparent that he will have to go to extreme measures for the temple officials accept him as one of their disciples.

A well made movie; except the martial arts action is just dead boring.

Still though, the scenery is nice and there's a extraordinary radiation of Buddy Holly's 1956 hit "Summertime Blues" renamed into "Sholian Temple Blues" (!) so it's worth a good watch I suppose.

6/10 ************* WORTH A VIEWING


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