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The Blazing Temple (1976)

Huo shao shao lin si (original title)
In an attempt to eliminate all possible nationalist fractions, the Ching Emperor (Wong) orders the destruction of the Shaolin Temple - considered the focus of anti-Manchurian resistance. As... See full summary »



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Credited cast:
Carter Wong
Ling Chia ...
(as Jia Ling)
Yi Chang
Kang Chin
David Wei Tang
Barry Chan ...
(as Wei Tzu Wen)
Lung Huang ...
(as Shao-Fu Nan)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chung-Kuei Chang
Mei-Yi Chang
Pao-Shan Chang
Chia Kai Chen
Chiu Chen


In an attempt to eliminate all possible nationalist fractions, the Ching Emperor (Wong) orders the destruction of the Shaolin Temple - considered the focus of anti-Manchurian resistance. As the temple burns, the surviving 106 Shaolin disciples vow to penetrate the Imperial Palace and take ultimate revenge on the tyrant. Written by Artemis-9

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Release Date:

5 March 1976 (Taiwan)  »

Also Known As:

Flammende Tempel der Shaolin  »

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2.35 : 1
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Good acting and Above-Average Production - Very lumpy script
27 September 2006 | by (NYC) – See all my reviews

A very valiant attempt to equal a Shaw Bros. production. Opulent sets, costumes and a lots of extras. The production company even claimed to have it's own version of ShawScope called "HouwaScope"! There's actually some reasonably good miniature special effects for an HK production.

The Manchus/Chings led by their ruthless emperor are on the offensive against all possible resistance. If that mean killing his sister's family, the Emperor is ready to do it. Well, sister isn't happy and she attempts to kill the Emperor but of course he's one of the baddest kung fu fighter in the land and wearing sword invincible armor. She escapes by jumping away swearing the she'll kill her older brother. Switch to Shaolin Temple as the monks try to formulate a plan against the imminent Ching army attack. The attack comes before they are ready and chaos ensues. A band of monks escape while other monks are killed by cannon fire or set themselves ablaze. The monk Siu (played by Carter Wong), is secretly given a set of scrolls, the 18 Buddha Movements, by the chief abbot, and told to memorize the scrolls then destroy them. Hunted after escaping the destruction of Shaolin Temple, the surviving monks decide to kill the Emperor. The rest of the film is their attempts to kill him.

The decent budget and large scale vision of the film is lost in a script that is about as unfocused as can be. The interesting thing is that the characters are all so well played by the actors, the lack of even one main character isn't as big a problem as it should have been. You are unfortunately left wanting to see more of the various characters. Nobody gets enough screen time. There are, however, some decently written scenes, the monks asking each other for the first time about the circumstances of their entrance into Shaolin for example, but the film keeps reeling from one situation to another. The burning of the temple is well done and has several striking images. I would guess that the filming was so rushed that even the writing couldn't go thru much revision. Once you see the finale you'll know what I'm talking about. The martial arts are decent but not amazing.

OK for light viewing, not good not bad.

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