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Shao Lin zu shi (1976)

Tamo the founder of Buddhism in China travels from India seeking a disciple and he finds one in the son a village doctor, but he doesn't want to be a disciple.

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Sing Chen ...
Priest Tamo
Ling Chia
Chiang-Lung Wen
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Chin Hai Chen
Lei Chen ...
(Guest star)
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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Tamo the founder of Buddhism in China travels from India seeking a disciple and he finds one in the son a village doctor, but he doesn't want to be a disciple.

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19 November 1976 (Taiwan)  »

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Killer Priest  »

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Weird but Good.
17 July 2006 | by (Newfoundland, Canada) – See all my reviews

A Buddhist monk named Tamo (Chen Sing) travels from India in hopes of spreading the word but finds little success. Soon he sets his sights instead on one Chi-Yun (Wen Chiang Long), a popular young doctor in training in a small Chinese town, who Tamo insists is destined to become his pupil and a Shaolin monk. Chi-Yun's girlfriend Yin-Chi (played with great spirit and gusto by Chia Ling), quite the fighter in her own right, meanwhile protests this idea greatly determined not to lose her man. Soon Tamo, Chi-Yun and a reluctant Yen Chi must join forces to do battle with an evil Taoist priest (Chuen Yuen) who's managed to take over the town following a murderous game of revenge all thanks to his bizarre, mysterious master and trainer (played by Phillip Ko).

This one's best moments come towards the end as we see the powerful Chen Sing's Tamo, who displays extraordinary abilities including powers of levitation, telekinesis, the ability to vanish without a trace and the ability to keep one's balance on a reed as it floats across a stream do battle with the evil Taoist master played by Phillip Ko, who it seems has made his fist super strong after a prolonged process and who seems to move at exceptional speeds in combat. Also it's an highlight to see Tamo's newest student Chi-Yun in combat with the evil Taoist priest who previously disgraced Chi-Yun's doctor father by spreading a plague through the town. The rest is surprisingly bland and forgettable aside from the constant protests of Yen Chi against the idea of her man becoming a Shaolin monk and her attempts to ensure it does not happen. Also the evil Taoist priest livens things up with his twisted hijinks, an highlight being his stealing of all the towns women.


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