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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 ...
Chingneng (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
Qilong Li ...
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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

27 January 2011 (Hong Kong)  »

Also Known As:

Shaolin  »

Box Office


$29,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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2.35 : 1
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Originally slated for a late 2010 release. See more »


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User Reviews

Mustn't be missed for the low 6.8 rating...!!..
19 September 2011 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

I almost skipped this flick when I saw the low 6.8 rating on IMDb. And to be honest, that would've been really unfortunate! Remember the kind of movies that leave something behind in your hearts long after they've finished running? Well, this is most certainly one of those. The background score and soundtrack will linger in your head, I guarantee you that. But most importantly, just when you THINK you've figured it all out and stamped it 'just another Kung Fu flick'; all ready to be discarded and disregarded, wait for the kicker...!

A simple yet significant moral, getting to know the Buddhist way, beautiful locations, and commendable direction to top it off; This movie truly had the potential to be an epic. Almost...!

I thought I'd go with an 8 at first...but finally decided on a full 10; forgiving its small flaws to make way for the bigger message this movie delivers..!

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