6 items from 2011
Shaolin (Xin shao lin si), 2011.
Directed by Benny Chan.
A brutal warlord is double crossed by his deputy and seeks refuge among the peace-loving monks at the fabled Shaolin Temple. When his enemies discover his location, the former warlord must stand with his new brothers to protect the Temple and complete his redemption…
Glancing briefly at the cover for Benny Chan’s Shaolin - a loose remake of Jet Li’s 1982 feature film debut, Shaolin Temple – I rather hastily made two presumptions, both of which proved to be inaccurate. The first was that Shaolin was the latest in a seemingly never-ending line of ‘historical martial arts epics’ set the in period of the Three Kingdoms and secondly, that the ‘special appearance’ by martial arts superstar Jackie Chan would »
Historical martial arts epic Shaolin arrives on DVD and Blu-ray on September 12th, and to celebrate Flickering Myth have two copies of the film to give away to our lovely readers courtesy of the fine folk at Cine-Asia.
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China's last imperial dynasty has fallen and a ruthless warlord (Andy Lau - House of Flying Daggers, Detective Dee: Mystery of the Phantom Flame) amasses a vast fortune through the violent subjugation of his people. Faced with a brutal betrayal he runs for his life, seeking redemption in the fabled Shaolin Temple. When his enemies discover his location, he must stand with his new brothers and fight his life's greatest battle.
Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: I celebrate all levels of trailers and hopefully this column will satisfactorily give you a baseline of what beta wave I’m operating on, because what better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? Some of the best authors will tell you that writing a short story is a lot harder than writing a long one, that you have to weigh every sentence. What better medium to see how this theory plays itself out beyond that than with movie trailers? Shaolin Trailer Even directors like Benny Chan deserve a break. Seeing how Jackie Chan's Who Am I? and Robin-b-Hood had about as much punch »
- Christopher Stipp
Although Chan makes a prominent appearance in the Shaolin trailer, the real star of the film is Andy Lau (Infernal Affairs) as the Chinese warlord General Hou. All the same, it’s another good move on Chan’s part after his appearance in last year’s Karate Kid remake and his upcoming role in the historical drama 1911 (we’ll pretend The Spy Next Door never happened).
Shaolin (a.k.a. The New Shaolin Temple) is actually an “updated” version (remake?) of Jet Li’s 1982 film debut, The Shaolin Temple. Benny Chan (New Police Story, Robin-b-Hood) served as director on Shaolin, which takes place during the Warlord Era (1916-1928) of early Republican China.
Here is the official synopsis for Shaolin:
As feuding ...
- Sandy Schaefer
Check out this new trailer for a great looking martial arts drama called Shaolin, which was directed by Benny Chan (New Police Story, Robin-b-Hood). It stars Andy Lau, Nicholas Tse, Fan Bingbing and of course Jackie Chan.
I wish I could do some of this stuff for real, I've always enjoyed martial arts films, but I'm really heavily involved with the genre right now. I'm watching a ton of martial arts films that I haven't seen yet, and I'm enjoying the hell out of it. I wish many of these films would go mainstream because there's no doubt they would blow audiences away. I can't wait to see this new flick.
Here's the synopsis for the film:
As feuding warlords fight to expand their power, the noble monks of the Shaolin Temple clean up the mess left behind, tending to the injured while trying their best to protect the poor and weak. »
Protect the Temple! Well Go USA & Variance Films have debuted the official Us trailer for Shaolin, a kung fu action drama from director Benny Chan (New Police Story, Robin-b-Hood) starring quite a kick ass cast: Andy Lau, Nicholas Tse, Fan Bingbing and even Jackie Chan. The rather expansive story follows a ruthless General Hou (Lau) who must take shelter at a Shaolin temple, then begins to learn their ways, but of course the past inevitably always catches up. I honestly hadn't heard of this before, but it kicks ass and I really want to see it! Just looks like an awesome film with some great action, I need to see it! Check this out. Watch the official Us trailer for Benny Chan's Shaolin, also available in HD over on Apple: In a land torn by strife, the righteous Shaolin monks stand as a beacon of hope for the oppressed masses. »
- Alex Billington
6 items from 2011
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