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Shaolin -- The monks of the Shaolin Temple take in a young warlord whose family was wiped out in an act of betrayal. As he embraces the monk's lifestyle and practices, he and his protectors must face off against the ruthless General Hou.


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20 January 2011 (Australia) See more »
In a land torn by strife, the righteous monks of Shaolin stand as a beacon of hope for the oppressed masses.
China is plunged into strife as feuding warlords try to expand their power by warring over neighboring lands... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Shaoqun Yu ... Chinghai
Chen Zhiui ... Huo Lung
Yu Xing ... Chingkung

Jacky Wu ... Chingeng

Nicholas Tse ... Tsao Man
Hai Yu ... Abbot

Andy Lau ... Hou Chieh / Chinochueh

Bingbing Fan ... Madam Hou
Shimadu Runa ... Nan
Shi Xiaohong ... Sung Hu
Karl Robert Eislen ... Peter
Alexander Mukhanov ... Roddick
Shi Tianshuo ... Officer Shi
Li Qilong ... Huo's Officer
Jin Youming ... Hou's Butler
Bai Yu ... Nanny
Bing Bai ... Singer
Jingke Liang ... Sung's Wife
Chengbang Lu ... Sung's Son
Shao Wei ... Sung's Officer
Xu Weijia ... Sung's Officer
Xiao Suli ... Matchmaker
Xin Xin Xiong ... Solungtu

Jackie Chan ... Wudao
Liu Zin ... Tsao's Officer
Shao Zhuang ... Tsao's Officer
He Zonhua ... General Tang
Bi Haifeng ... General Chang
Xie Jiagi ... General Wang
Zhang Hao ... General Kao
Ran Weiqun ... Old Warlord
Chen Bing ... Old Warlord
Zhu Jiazhen ... Young Warlord
Zhao Junoheng ... Young Warlord
Sang Weilin ... Yan Cheng
Xu Dangke ... Officer
Qi Tian ... Officer
Zhou Jie ... Officer
Fan Xiaoming ... Officer
Yang Yong ... Officer
Guo Fengtao ... Officer
Zhang Bin ... Officer
Wang Shulian ... Officer
Xu Yulan ... Mrs. Chao
Sun Xiaoguo ... Mrs. Chao's Daughter
Guo Shuo ... Niu's Mother
Luo Jun ... Niu
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Xu Ao
Feng Bao
Hu Baoshu
Sun Bin
Chen Binbin
Ren Ci
Bing Ciluan
Liu Ciyu
Ma Cuilium
Yang Cuncao
Wang Danru
Dong Dong
Chen Entao
Ma Ertu
Pang Fan
Ma Fei
Wong Guizong
Li Guodong
Wang Haifang
Hu Haiguin
Hao Han
Cai Hang
Wang Hongchao
An Houyi
Hu Huanhuan
Feng Hui
Pah Jian
Luo Jin
Zhang Jinai
Liu Jingde
Tao Jingin
Zhang Jingqi
Tian Kai
Ma Lan
Lu Liangkai
Tsai Liangliang
Yin Liangliang
Dou Lili
In Limei
Ding Ling
Gao Linglei
Zhou Lixia
Ao Long
Li Man
Xue Maofeng
Yang Nainbin
Zhang Nan
Lin Nangeng
Liu Peng
Sun Ping
Liu Qi
Li Qiuxiang
Ho Qiuzue
Tang Rui
Wei Shifeng
Zhou Shizhou
Li Shuang
Wu Shujie
Liao Songmei
Lin Tao
Wang Tao
Ji Tian
Xiong Wai
Lu Wenxui
Zuo Wenzing
Hong Xianxian
Huang Xiaokui
Zhang Xiaotai
Li Xuefei
Her Xuegue
Zhang Yan
June Yang
Liu Yang
Zhang Yang
Shi Yanging
Zhu Yongsheng
Qi Yusheng
Zhong Zebin
Yang Zechao
For Zhiysian
Xu Zhongiang
Li Zhongyang
Liu Zhongyin
Li Zhoyxian
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Directed by
Benny Chan 
Writing credits
Alan Yuen (original screenplay)

Chi Kwong Cheung (written by) and
Quiyu Wang (written by) and
Kam Cheong Chan (written by) (as Kam-Cheung Chan) and
Tan Cheung (written by) (as Zhang Tan)

Produced by
Benny Chan .... producer
Chi Kwong Cheung .... associate producer
Kim Hung Fan .... line producer
Huayang Fu .... executive producer
Sanping Han .... executive producer
Catherine Hun .... associate producer
Albert Lee .... producer
Zhongjun Wang .... executive producer
Shi Yong Xin .... chief producer
Guizhi Xue .... executive producer
Albert Yeung .... executive producer
Original Music by
Nicolas Errèra 
Cinematography by
Anthony Pun (director of photography) (as Pun Yiu Ming)
Film Editing by
Chi Wai Yau 
Production Design by
Chung Man Yee 
Art Direction by
Ben Lau  (as Man Hung Lau)
Costume Design by
Stanley Cheung 
Makeup Department
Yu Lai Cheng .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ka-Wai Tong .... first assistant director
Sound Department
James Ashton .... sound effects editor
James Ashton .... sound re-recording mixer
Steve Burgess .... sound re-recording mixer
Steve Burgess .... supervising sound editor
Yue Chao .... audio systems engineer
Lin Cui .... sound effects editor
Xueyuan Feng .... sound effects editor
Wei He .... sound re-recording mixer
Yuan He .... sound effects editor
Hongrui Ji .... sound effects editor
Xin Li .... foley artist
Jilian Liu .... dialogue pre-mixer
Xu Miao .... foley artist
Jiajia Mok .... sound effects editor
Jiajia Mok .... supervising sound editor
Qiuqiu Sun .... dialogue editor
Qiuqiu Sun .... dialogue supervisor
Terry Tu .... foley pre-mixer
Baiyang Wang .... editing assistant
Yanchao Yang .... foley editor
Tian Yong .... dialogue editor
Ben Zhang .... dubbing director
Gillian Zhang .... editing assistant
Van Zhang .... audio systems engineer
Xu Zhang .... editing assistant
Yijing Zhang .... adr recordist
Ziying Zhao .... editing assistant
Visual Effects by
Po Yan Chan .... compositor
Siu Fu Ma .... compositor
Edward Pak .... compositor
Eddy Wong .... visual effects supervisor
Han Guan Hua .... assistant stunt coordinator
Chung Chi Li .... action choreographer
Jack Wong Wai Leung .... assistant action choreographer
Corey Yuen .... action director
Tak Yuen .... action choreographer
Jackie Chan .... stunt actor (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Lau-fai Lo .... gaffer
Animation Department
Lai Lok Chau .... senior animator
Music Department
Anthony Chue .... composer: additional music
Allan Lau .... composer: additional music
Valérie Lindon .... executive music producer
Q.luv .... composer: theme song
Stéphane Reichart .... music scoring mixer
Mikael Carlsson .... soundtrack producer (uncredited)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Xin shao lin si" - Hong Kong (original title)
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Rated R for violence
131 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Cook:The gold, of course.
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43 out of 82 people found the following review useful.
The rare blockbuster that is not just loud on spectacle, but also rich in heart and spirit, 22 January 2011
Author: moviexclusive from Singapore

The 1982 gongfu classic "Shaolin" introduced Jet Li to the world, but there is no breakout star to be found here in Benny Chan's take on the famed birthplace of Shaolin martial arts. No matter really- though Heavenly King Andy Lau may not have the moves or the agility to match Jet Li, his leading man performance here is no less terrific. Indeed, what Andy lacks in the physical department, he more than amply makes up for with his dramatic chops, delivering a deeply moving performance as the arrogant and scheming warlord Hou Jie who undergoes a 180-degree transformation under the tutelage of the Shaolin monks.

This transformation is at the heart of Benny Chan's film, which differentiates itself splendidly from the recent crop of period epics with a generous infusion of Buddhist teachings. These nuggets of wisdom elevate "Shaolin" into a surprisingly thoughtful film, meditating on the fruitlessness of anger, violence and hatred, and preaching ever persuasiveness the merits of peace, compassion and love. Non-believers however need not fear- Benny's sure hand never lets the film become sanctimonious, instead emphasising the universal truths of these teachings and demonstrating their truism through a heartfelt yarn.

Written by no less than four writers, the story is a gripping one of repentance and renewal set amidst a time when China was torn apart by internal strife and threatened by foreign powers. General Hou Jie was one such local warlord, his hunger for power matched by that of his second-in-command, the equally scheming Cao Man (Nicholas Tse). A compelling opening sequence introduces Hou Jie and Cao Man as the despotic men they are (at least at the start), chasing an enemy right into the compounds of the Shaolin temple and paying no heed to the abbot's words to let him save the dying man.

Hou's victory though is short-lived, as an ambush on his sworn brother whom he suspects of ill intentions goes awry. The orchestrator is none other than Cao Man, whose own tyrannical ambitions Hou had fomented over the years. In a reversal of fate, the film plants Hou at the doorstep of the Shaolin temple, seeking the monks' help to rescue his badly wounded young daughter. There is an obvious play on the Buddhist concept of karma here- but rather than dwell too much on these implications, Benny shrewdly grounds this turn of events in keenly-felt poignancy, underscoring their importance as a defining moment in Hou Jie's subsequent metamorphosis.

Whereas lesser directors may have been tempted to skim through Hou Jie's redemptive journey, Benny exhibits an assuredness in allowing the movie to settle down to a more measured pace before its action-packed, explosive (literally) finale. He also brings on Jackie Chan in an amusing role as the resident Shaolin cook Wu Dao, a laid-back fellow perfectly content with his circumstance. It is not unlike the one Jackie played in "Little Big Soldier" two years ago, but it's always enjoyable to see the veteran gongfu actor back on screen, especially in a particularly entertaining sequence where he uses his cooking skills to good measure against Cao Man's soldiers.

Other notable supporting roles include Wu Jing as the senior Shaolin monk Qing Neng and Hou's mentor, as well as Xiong Xin Xin (best known as Ghost Feet Seven in the Wong Fei Hung series) as Cao Man's evil henchman Jiang Yuan. Unfortunately, the script doesn't quite do justice to the actors playing these supporting roles- Xiong's character and Fan Bingbing's one as Hou Jie's wife Yan Xi are sorely underwritten and a waste of their considerable talent. If there is one consolation, it must be that Benny has given Andy ample screen time to flesh out the complexities of his character.

And what a job Andy does, equally effective as the egotistical warlord on the pursuit of riches and power and as the reformed monk who realises the folly of his past ways. There's never been a doubt that Andy possessed screen charisma, but here he rewards Benny's attention to his character with a richly nuanced and textured portrayal of a man struggling to overcome his angry and violent tendencies to become a better person. Just as impressive is his gongfu, though no match for Jet Li's naturally but still admirable nonetheless- especially when he duels with Nicholas with a long wooden pole.

Thanks to some nifty action direction by Corey Yuen and choreography by veteran stunt people Yuen Tak and Lee Chung Chi, the action sequences do not disappoint. But ultimately, the strength of Benny Chan's "Shaolin" lies in how surprisingly intellectual and deeply moving it is- intellectual in its Buddhist leanings of the vicious cycle war, hatred and greed perpetrates; and moving in its portrayal of one man's redemptive journey to free himself from his sinful past. It is a blockbuster in every sense, from spectacle, to emotion, and most of all spirit.


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