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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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Excellent Film
17 September 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was fortunate to watch The Real Shaolin during the Toronto film festival. The movie was practically sold-out, but I managed to get rush tickets. The Real Shaolin is an excellent film in many respects. As a Kung Fu master who has toured Shaolin, I felt that the film was accurate and explains martial arts culture that would be understandable even to a layman. The film also shows parts of China that few have access to, such as corporal punishment and how fighters have to cut weight. I think this is the finest documentary about China that I've ever seen. I learned new things about the martial arts and Chinese culture, and was impressed by the spirit of the four students who made the journey. I took my teenage daughter to watch the film and now she wants to visit Shaolin also! Even if you're not a martial artist you'll enjoy this movie.


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