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Shaolin (2011)
"San siu lam zi" (original title)

R  |   |  Action, Drama  |  27 January 2011 (Hong Kong)
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After ambushing and killing his rival, losing everything in the process, dispirited warlord Hou Jie turns to a Shaolin monastery seeking salvation.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Shaoqun Yu ...
Chen Zhiui ...
Huo Lung
Xing Yu ...
Chingeng (as Jacky Wu)
Tsao Man
Hai Yu ...
Hou Chieh / Chinochueh
Madam Hou
Shimadu Runa ...
Xiaohong Shi ...
Sung Hu
Karl Eiselen ...
Peter (as Karl Robert Eislen)
Alexander Mukhanov ...
Shi Tianshuo ...
Officer Shi
Li Qilong ...
Huo's Officer
Jin Youming ...
Hou's Butler


China is plunged into strife as feuding warlords try to expand their power by warring over neighboring lands. Fuelled by his success on the battlefield, young and arrogant Hao Jie sneers at Shaolin's masters after killing a rival warlord on their temple grounds. But the glory comes before a fall. His own family is wiped out in an unexpected turn of events and Hao is forced to take refuge with the monks. As the civil unrest spreads and the people suffer, Hao and the Shaolin masters are forced to take a fiery stand against the evil warlords. They launch a daring plan of rescue and escape. Written by Anonymous

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In a land torn by strife, the righteous monks of Shaolin stand as a beacon of hope for the oppressed masses.


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Release Date:

27 January 2011 (Hong Kong)  »

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$29,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$19,132 (USA) (9 September 2011)


$64,327 (USA) (7 October 2011)

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High quality Chinese action/drama
16 June 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Shaolin is an action packed, dramatic epic in the same vein as the Tom Cruise vehicle The Last Samurai. It also takes place on around the same time period, but in a time of turmoil in China where warlords fought over the land much at the expense of the masses. Warlords, which Andy Lau also appears in is great as well and I highly recommend that movie also. Anyhow, Andy Lau gives an outstanding performance here as Hou Jie. Hou Jie is a ruthless warlord general. His unscrupulous actions catch up with him that result in him taking refuge in a Shaolin temple he once disrespected. His second in command (played by Nicholas Tse) picks up where Hou Jie left off, exceeding his predecessor in immorality and cruelty. The legendary Jackie Chan appears as a lighthearted support role as cook for the Shaolin monks. This tale of redemption is a very well crafted film by HK veteran director Benny Chan. The film looks beautiful and is very well performed, shot and directed. Jet Li's preferred fight choreographer Corey Yuen set up the action, which of course is awesome and there are large helpings of it as well. Shaolin should please most action fans and has the potential to win over viewers who normally stay away from this sort of stuff, as this is very well made and an excellent dramatic film in its own right.

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