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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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One of my favorite documentaries
11 September 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I watched The Real Shaolin at the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival. I have no interest in Kung Fu at all, but my friends saw the film and convinced me to go see it. The film differed from my expectations, as I was expecting a Discovery Channel style documentary about the history of the Shaolin Temple. Instead, the documentary plays like a movie that follows the stories of four people pursuing their dreams. I found their stories poignant and deeply insightful into the lives of Chinese people. Also, the French guys were funny! The director, Alexander Lee, and the American character, Orion Lee, did a Q&A after the screening where they discussed the motivation to make this film. This movie was very entertaining and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to my friends. Definitely one of the best documentaries I've ever seen!


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