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Fighting of Shaolin Monks (1976)

Shao Lin zu shi (original title)
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Sing Chen ...
Priest Tamo
Ling Chia
Chiang-Lung Wen
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Chin Hai Chen
Lei Chen ...
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Ching Feng Chiang
Sheng Chiang
Kuo Chung Ching
Yuan Chuan
Chiang Han
Yu Hua Ho
Hsiao Pao Ko
Phillip Ko ...
(Guest star)
Chun Ku
Min-Lang Li
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martial arts | kung fu | fighting | See All (3) »

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Action | Drama

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19 November 1976 (Taiwan)  »

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Killer Priest  »

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What movie are we really watching here?
10 August 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This review is for the movie Furious Monk from Shaolin aka Shaolin Vengeance with a Hong Kong release date of 11/28/1974. It is also known as Killer Priest. When I type those titles into the IMDb search I end up here but the other reviews are clearly for different films. Perhaps the other reviewers can get back with more specifics so we can resolve this problem. (I'm certainly not criticizing their reviews, I'm just trying to get things in order.) The titles of these old kung fu movies are often problematic thanks to the VHS rental craze that began in the 1980's. The English languages titles are very often just made up with key words such as "shaolin" or "ninja" inserted to grab the eye of the rental customer and now trying to sort out the mess is difficult. The title Killer Priest was apparently tacked on to this 1974 movie when it was released for rental and so we have this mess. Here are the opening plot details to help differentiate this movie from the others. It begins with scenes of the Buddhist temple where a new monk is initiated while an upset young girl tries to get in to stop it but is blocked. Then we cut to a lumberyard where the great martial arts actor Chan Sing is framed for murder and flees to escape. He takes refuge at the Buddhist temple. The bad guys take over the lumber business but one employee tells Chan's girl that he knows he was framed. The girl's mom bumps into Chan as a monk and frames him again, this time for rape. After taking his unjust punishment for a while Chan decides to leave the temple and faces the usual gauntlet of monks. That should be enough to establish what movie this is without giving away too much and ruining the story. By the way I'm not even clear what the character name is for Chan and of course his Chinese name also has numerous translations and spellings just like the movie title problems. Now for the review. This movie actually has a darn good plot which is not required because the only people watching these movies nowadays are fans of the genre and we just want to see the fights. It's the simple revenge plot with a little bit of the guy learning kung fu plot thrown in. As far as the fights go Chan gets into a fight soon enough but he has no kung fu in the beginning so looses. In the temple there are minimal training sequences and they are all basic stuff. When Chan fights his way out of the temple it's really just one fight and he does not win but they let him go. This really sets up the remaining fights well. Chan is not an unstoppable force but a guy good at kung fu looking for an opening and trying to apply what he knows to defeat his opponent in each following fight. I'm rating this at 7.0 and it would have been higher had there been more fights or longer fights.


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