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American Shaolin (1991)

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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 ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Reese Madigan ...
Drew Carson
Trent Bushey ...
Trevor Gottitall
Billy Chang ...
Cliff Lenderman ...
Henry O ...
San De (as Zhang Zhi Yen)
Master Kwan
Alice Zhang Hung ...
D.D. Delaney ...
Sifu Jai ...
Dr. Pfeelgut
Toki Hill ...
Coach #1
Alan Pottinger ...
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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 <>

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23 July 1992 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

American Shaolin: King of the Kickboxers II  »

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Writer-producer Keith W. Strandberg cites the movie as his most difficult experience in film-making: he did not get along with director Lucas Lowe, the Chinese crew were supposedly very lax about the filming schedule, and Reese Madigan became ill during filming and proved difficult to work with. See more »


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


References The 36th Chamber of Shaolin (1978) See more »


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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sad ...really
8 May 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

this has got to be one of those films where the trailer is 50 times better than the movie itself.I first saw the trailer in 1991, it looked great.Since then i have always wanted to see it but could never find it.....until today, yes, 14 years later.

lets just say I was so disappointed its unreal, OK i knew it wouldn't be an Oscar winner but still had hopes that it would be a fun no-brain film in the bloodsport mold. Unfortunately it was not, it's Pooh

whats with all the American rock and roll music and the acting was so bad it was quite frightening.

The fight scenes were rubbish and look fake.

this DVD only cost me £5 and I believe I was overcharged by £7

Now I'm sad as I know that I will never get that hour and a half back.

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