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War of the Shaolin Temple (1980)
"Shao Lin shi san gun seng" (original title)

Unrated  |   |  Action, Adventure, War  |  September 1980 (Hong Kong)
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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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September 1980 (Hong Kong)  »

Also Known As:

Les 12 piliers de shaolin  »

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Decent Old Style
20 August 2001 | by (Chicago, IL) – See all my reviews

This movie is a low budget chop-sockey flick. The fight choreography is done in the "punch-pause" style. This style is where the fighting is done in a very stilted manner, i.e. punch/block - pause - kick/block - pause. So, instead of the Jackie Chan 123456 type of fighting, it is much more 1-2-3-4-5-6.

While the fighting scenes tend to be this older, less fluid style, some of the non-fighting action is tremendous. Some of the athleticism shown by the actors is as good as any other movie you might see. The wire work is very low key, which is a nice change from the normal genre of that period.

Overall it had decent action. Unfortunately it had the typically crappy plot, storyline and characterization that we expect from this type of film. At least the dubbed version bounced around enough that it made the storyline and the characters a little difficult to follow. Maybe the original audio makes more sense.

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