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San siu lam zi (2011)

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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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Shaoqun Yu ...
Chinghai
Chen Zhiui ...
Huo Lung
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Chingkung
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Chingneng (as Jacky Wu)
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Tsao Man
Hai Yu ...
Abbot
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Hou Chieh / Chinochueh
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Madam Hou
Shimadu Runa ...
Nan
Xiaohong Shi ...
Sung Hu
Karl Eiselen ...
Peter (as Karl Robert Eislen)
Alexander Mukhanov ...
Roddick
Shi Tianshuo ...
Officer Shi
Qilong Li ...
Huo's Officer
Jin Youming ...
Hou's Butler
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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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Rated R for violence | See all certifications »

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27 January 2011 (Hong Kong)  »

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Shaolin  »

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Budget:

$29,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$19,132 (USA) (11 September 2011)

Gross:

$64,327 (USA) (9 October 2011)
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Andy Lau wrote the lyrics and sing for the soundtrack "Wu" / "Enlightning" See more »

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Cook: [to Huo Jie] I don't know an of this, all i know is it's worthless to train just the moves without the spirit.
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Featured in I guerrieri del dragone (2011) See more »

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Military March
Written by Francis Shaw
Composed by Francis Shaw
OP: KPM MUSIC LTD.
SP: EMI MUSIC PUBLISHING HONG KONG
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Still good despite stick fighting monks somehow keep beating guns
29 January 2014 | by See all my reviews

China is being torn apart by feuding warlords and foreign powers. Hao Jie (Andy Lau) is a ruthless commander who kills all his rivals. He rejects foreign offers to built a railroad. His treacherous ways rebound on him when his underling Cao Man (Nicholas Tse) revolts with the help of the foreign power. Hao Jie loses everything including his precious daughter, and seeks help from Shaolin masters. He regains his humanity with their help including cooking monk Wudao (Jackie Chan).

I like the solid first half. It is poetic, dramatic, and compelling. However the movie couldn't resist its kung fu movie genes, and it devolves into a lot of unreal fighting. The fighting is more ridiculous since the troops with guns keep getting kicked around by monks with their sticks. It's still a good movie. The action looks good. However the message loses a bit.


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