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The Real Shaolin (2008)

 |  Documentary  |  2008 (USA)
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Inspired by Kung Fu movies starring Jet Li and Bruce Lee, two Chinese and two Westerners journey to the Shaolin Temple in China, known as the birthplace of Kung Fu and Zen Buddhism, and ... See full summary »

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Inspired by Kung Fu movies starring Jet Li and Bruce Lee, two Chinese and two Westerners journey to the Shaolin Temple in China, known as the birthplace of Kung Fu and Zen Buddhism, and undergo a year of rigorous martial arts training in the hopes of becoming Kung Fu warriors. Written by Alexander Sebastien Lee

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The Real Shaolin - a humbling and inspiring film
6 January 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Real Shaolin was a pleasant surprise in so many ways. It explores the depths of human sacrifice and will of 4 individuals from varying backgrounds/cultures for the common pursuit of a lifelong dream/passion

  • to become a Shaolin master. The beauty of the film, and what made it


compelling to me, is that it simply relies on the truth of very human experiences. The stories are told in a way that you can relate to and empathize with each subject, where the nuances of their daily lifestyle and beliefs uncover their vulnerabilities and character as they learn to "eat bitter" for an art that has become their life. It was a very humbling and inspiring film. I walked out with a greater appreciation for the sacrifices made for mastering an art form, and for sheer human determination for that matter. An additional bonus for me was learning about the history and cultural significance of Shaolin and other martial arts, in which, despite geography/race, can bridge people from all walks of life.


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