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Shaolin Girl (2008)

Shôrin shôjo (original title)
A Shaolin-trainer young woman returns to Japan to resuscitate her grandfather's defunct martial arts school.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Rin Sakurazawa (as Kô Shibasaki)
Tôru Nakamura ...
Yûichirô Ôba
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Minmin Ryû (as Kithî Chan)
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Tin (as Tin Kaiman)
Chi Chung Lam ...
Ramu (as Ramu Chîchon)
Mami Yamasaki ...
Mami Shimizu
Asagi Kudô ...
Asagi Kondô
Kana Harada ...
Kana Kitano
Eri Otoguro ...
Eri Kuroiwa
Mayu Gamou ...
Mayu Yamada (as Mayu Gamô)
Asami Itô ...
Asami Tabuse
Yûko Chino ...
Yûko Kaji
Miho Chiyoya ...
Miho Takuma
Aina Nishiaki ...
Aina Ogata
Miyû Sawai ...
Miyû Kanagawa
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Produced by Stephen Chow (Shaolin Soccer, CJ7), Shaolin Girl tells the story of a girl by the name of Rin, who is compelled to take over her late grandfather's kung-fu dojo. She endures 3,000 days of brutal training at the Shaolin Martial Arts School in China before returning to her native Japan. But what awaits her is a dojo that lies in tatters and students who have abandoned the true discipline of Shaolin kung-fu. While struggling to restore her grandfather's school to its former glory and spread a genuine Shaolin philosophy, Rin attends university where she becomes the star member of the lacrosse team. While Rin's exceptional physical abilities being a string of victories to the team, her teammates in turn come to her aid by helping her reestablish the dojo. Just as fortune seems to smile upon her, a dark incident from a past Rin knew nothing about rears its ugly head and throws her into a fantastic showdown with tremendous evil. Is the Shaolin Girl up to the challenge? Written by medric

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This film is not what it seems!
29 March 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I really enjoyed this film. It's rare that I come across films that effectively explore spiritual concepts in a way that is accurate, humorous and ambient.

This is a hard film to explain, but I will try.

The film is a light hearted analysis of vedic dharma. In this film, the seemly unlikely application of dharma, is martial arts. This dramatic irony, sets the basis for some at times slapstick humour. Without this, the spiritual message of the film would would have been bleached out by intense and heavy vibes.

The heroine spends the majority of the film battling her subtly understated self doubts. These manifest themselves in her actions as bizaar clumsiness. Eventually, she is cornered into a situation and she bas no choice but to reluctantly act. Stripped of choice, her self doubts disappear, by serendipity all of her dharmic clumsiness focuses into an apex of enlightenment. Now, armed with good intention, integrity, action and her prior training, there is no weapon in the world that can prevent her obtaining her goals!

I would definitely recommend this film.


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