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10 Brothers of Shaolin (1977)

Shi da di zi (original title)
| Action, Drama | 1977 (Taiwan)
The martial-arts action film 10 Brothers of Shaolin tells the tale of ten specially trained fighters, five monks, five laymen, who have been taught their skills in order to protect Master ... See full summary »

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Chi Yung (one of the 10 brothers) (as Wang Tao)
Yi Chang ...
C in C
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One of the 10 Brothers (as Kaow Fi)
Wei Tung ...
General's son (as Tong Wei)
Chen-Huan Chang ...
C in C's envoy (as Cheng Ju)
Chung Yen ...
Ming patriot
Kuang Hu ...
Abbot
Min Min ...
Asst General Cheng
Kin Ming Lee ...
Monk
Wang Nan Lin ...
Soldier
Kuan-Hsiung Wang ...
One of the 10 Brothers
Ho Ming-Hiu ...
One of the 10 Brothers
So Kwok-Leung ...
Soldier
Woo Hon-Cheung ...
Traitor
Han Lin ...
One of the 10 Brothers
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The martial-arts action film 10 Brothers of Shaolin tells the tale of ten specially trained fighters, five monks, five laymen, who have been taught their skills in order to protect Master Chu, who needs all the help he can while attempting to bring down the Mings.

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Seen it all before story with an attempt to show traditional fighting arts.
23 September 2006 | by See all my reviews

Very cheap production, mostly costumes in the woods. The saving grace is the plentiful fights and a large number of characters to prevent boredom.

Typical ho-hum about Chings oppressing innocent Hans and the Shaolin running about. What I found notable was the different number of actual Kung Fu styles being represented here. Many of the characters fight with a specific style that actually contains moves from the style. You can even see some relatively accurate Eagle Claw (briefly), Preying Mantis and Hung Ga during the film. That said the choreographers frequently revert to movie style kung fu. Unfortunately the martial art fighting is just OK with a lot of slow fighting and unrehearsed moves.

The film available is a horrid TV print with screwy English dubbing. Not only is there no pan and scan on the original widescreen, the image is set dead center, it's also zoomed in to avoid the original subtitles. I might have liked this better if I saw an original print.


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