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Shao Lin shi san gun seng (1980)

Set during the Sung Dynasty, patriotic monks of the Shaolin Temple fight against foreign invasion


(as Da Chiao Lin)

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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
Kuan-Wu Lung


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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Release Date:

September 1980 (Hong Kong)  »

Also Known As:

Les 12 piliers de shaolin  »

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Very good
23 January 2015 | by See all my reviews

War of the Shaolin Temple (aka 13 poles from Shaolin) is a great flick for 1980. This is not done in the "punch-pause" style from what I saw.

Sure, it's no IP Man Jet Li Jackie Chan stuff, and of course it focuses on your usual revenge plot, but the fighting, story and scenery are great.

The drunken monk in the cave is awesome.

I was in my 20's when I used to watch black belt theater late at night. I've seen lots of cheesy fu flicks in the past 40 years (some of which I like) but this is not one of them.

I watched the English dubbed version. Nice clear picture.

No, it's not drunken master or venoms, but its still a good movie.

I would say this movie is a recommended watch...

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