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War of the Shaolin Temple (1980)

Shao Lin shi san gun seng (original title)
Set during the Sung Dynasty, patriotic monks of the Shaolin Temple fight against foreign invasion



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Credited cast:
Chien-Chang Chen
Chien-Ho Chen ...
(as Kian Ho Chan)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chi Ping Chang
Yi Kuei Chang
Chia Kai Chen ...
(as Cha Hoi Chen)
Tien-Chi Cheng
Sheng Chiang
Chan Kian Ching
Alan Chung San Chui
Fei Lung Huang
Wen-Yui Hui
Chang Sheng Ko
Lung Yin Li
Tso-Yung Li
Mark Long


The invading Manchu army leed a vicious attack on the Shaolin Temple, seeking to destroy all its 3,000 master monk-fighters at the Shaolin Temple. The monastery's only hope is that (despite being drunk due to treachery) the monks will still beat their attackers to death, in countless one-on-one kung fu duels to the death. Written by Artemis-9

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Action | Adventure | War






Release Date:

September 1980 (Hong Kong)  »

Also Known As:

Les 12 piliers de shaolin  »

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2.35 : 1
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Cheap and annoying
22 August 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

WAR OF THE SHAOLIN TEMPLE is a lousy, no budget kung fu film made in Taiwan to cash in on the success of the SHAOLIN TEMPLE series with Jet Li. It's a cheap-as-chips production let down by poor storytelling and a generally annoying execution that sees drunkenness and drunken behaviour play a big part in the proceedings (seemingly every '80s kung fu film had to have a drunken master in it somewhere).

The villains are once again the Manchus who wage war on the Shaolin temple for no good reason. Their costumes are more imposing than they are. Some monks are killed, others rebel and fight back, and there's plentiful cheap action which is fairly bland and repetitive, it has to be said. At one point, the film's hero ventures into a cave and is trained by a drunken master. It's at this point it becomes apparently just how bad the mugging, over the top acting is, while the hideous dubbing just makes it even more annoying. WAR OF THE SHAOLIN TEMPLE is definitely a film I won't be coming back to...

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