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Shaolin -- After ambushing and killing his rival -- losing everything in the process -- dispirited warlord Hou Jie turns to a Shaolin monastery seeking salvation. But his newfound redemption is soon put to the test in this kinetic kung fu saga.
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.
Shaolin -- After ambushing and killing his rival -- losing everything in the process -- dispirited warlord Hou Jie turns to a Shaolin monastery seeking salvation. But his newfound redemption is soon put to the test in this kinetic kung fu saga.


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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.
After ambushing and killing his rival, losing everything in the process, dispirited warlord Hou Jie turns to a Shaolin monastery seeking salvation. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Shaoqun Yu ... Chinghai
Chen Zhiui ... Huo Lung
Xing Yu ... Chingkung

Jacky Wu ... Chingeng

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

Andy Lau ... Hou Chieh / Chinochueh

Bingbing Fan ... Madam Hou
Shimadu Runa ... Nan
Xiaohong Shi ... Sung Hu
Karl Eiselen ... Peter (as Karl Robert Eislen)
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
Weijia Xu ... 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
Haifeng Bi ... General Chang
Xie Jiagi ... General Wang
Zhang Hao ... General Kao
Ran Weiqun ... Old Warlord
Chen Bing ... Old Warlord
Jiazhen Zhu ... Young Warlord
Zhao Junoheng ... Young Warlord
Sang Weilin ... Yan Cheng
Xu Dangke ... Officer
Qi Tian ... Officer
Zhou Jie ... Officer
Xiaoming Fan ... Officer
Yang Yong ... Officer
Guo Fengtao ... Officer
Zhang Bin ... Officer
Wang Shulian ... Officer
Yulan Xu ... 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
Li Guodong
Wang Haifang
Hu Haiguin
Hao Han
Cai Hang
An Houyi
Xiaokui Huang (as Huang Xiaokui)
Hu Huanhuan
Feng Hui
Pah Jian
Luo Jin
Zhang Jinai
Liu Jingde
Zhang Jingqi
Tian Kai
Ma Lan
Lu Liangkai
Tsai Liangliang
Yin Liangliang
Dou Lili
In Limei
Ding Ling
Gao Linglei
Zhongyin Liu (as Liu Zhongyin)
Zhou Lixia
Ao Long
Li Man
Xue Maofeng
Yang Nainbin
Zhang Nan
Lin Nangeng
Liu Peng
Sun Ping
Liu Qi
Yusheng Qi
Li Qiuxiang
Ho Qiuzue
Tang Rui
Wei Shifeng
Zhou Shizhou
Li Shuang
Wu Shujie
Liao Songmei
Jingin Tao
Lin Tao
Ji Tian
Xiong Wai
Hongchao Wang
Lu Wenxui
Don Wong
Guizong Wong
Hong Xianxian
Zhang Xiaotai
Li Xuefei
Her Xuegue
Zhang Yan
June Yang
Liu Yang
Zhang Yang
Shi Yanging
Zhu Yongsheng
Zhong Zebin
Yang Zechao
For Zhiysian
Xu Zhongiang
Li Zhongyang
Li Zhoyxian
Wenzing Zuo

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
Nga-Bok Lei .... producer (as Albert Lee)
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 Wai-Leung Wong .... assistant action choreographer
Shane Yan .... stunt performer
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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Also Known As:
"San Siu Lam Zi" - Hong Kong (original title)
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Rated R for violence
131 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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To avoid having to shave his head, Jackie Chan wears a cap throughout the picture.See more »
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Cook:The gold, of course.
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26 out of 61 people found the following review useful.
A Nutshell Review: Shaolin, 23 January 2011
Author: DICK STEEL from Singapore

The Shaolin movie I know, was one in the 80s that launched the film career of Li Lianjie, who somewhat faded away until his portrayal of Wong Fei Hong in Once Upon a Time in China that launched him to superstardom. Superstars aren't lacking in this update of Shaolin Temple which promises spectacular action sequences, but what's surprisingly excellent here isn't the action, but the spirit of Buddhism and themes that come along with it.

It isn't a remake per se of the old Shaolin Temple movie given a fresh set of characters and a premise that's remotely similar, set after the fall of the Qing dynasty with warlords battling it out for supremacy and territory in China. In what I thought was quite a stark message in warning of any future infighting amongst the Chinese if they do not stand united, that foreign powers are more than willing to wait for an opportunity to exploit. Economic advantages offered should also be scrutinized beyond immediate gains, where corruption of the few in power would mean severe losses on a national scale.

That aside, this film centers itself squarely on the central character of the ruthless and cunning warlord Hao Jie (Andy Lau), who has no qualms in constantly gaining upper hands amongst enemies and allies even. In a wrongly calculated move to take on his sworn brother in an ambush, his protégé Cao Man (Nicholas Tse) probably had understood his mentor's philosophy that no man is indispensable to quash his insatiable appetite for power and glory, and through the countless of indoctrination in the Hao-Jie-School-of-Thought, it is no wonder that Cao Man ultimately decides to betray his master. Think of it as striking when the iron is hot to become top dog and making decisions, rather than taking them.

In a tale about retribution and karma, Shaolin doesn't deviate very far from those themes, of how evil intentions can lead one astray and suffer inconsolable consequences, only for religion to point one back to the path of righteousness and all things good. In some ways this resembled the story of Huo Yuanjia in Fearless, where pride comes before the fall of man, stripping him of everything and down to his core, then comes the rebuild of character, and ultimately walking the talk and redemption. Hao Jie's story follows this trajectory and there's no qualms about Andy Lau being cast in this dramatic role despite his lack of real martial arts skills as compared to his other counterparts in the film, opposite the likes of co-stars Nicholas Tse, Wu Jing, Xing Yu, Xiong Xin Xin and Jackie Chan who serves as comic relief as a Shaolin monk-cook.

But most of the co-stars were severely under-utilized, as the story, with responsibility coming from no less than five writers, didn't pay the others too much attention. Nicholas Tse probably had the meatier role as the chief villain who schemes and sneers, while the rest are in to showcase more of Shaolin martial arts in one film, except for Xiong Xin Xin being the villainous sidekick to Cao Man, with no dialogue. Wu Jing, Xing Yu and Ye Shaoqun all starred as the requisite monks caught up in the firefight as the latter two become part of a group who steals from the army to feed the villagers. Fan Bing Bing was a complete waste as the token female amongst the cast, and although she had a scene or two in a big action sequence in an ambush, little can be said once she appears on and off as the damsel always in distress.

Action direction came from Cory Yuen, with choreography courtesy of Yuen Tak (responsible for Gallants) and Li Chung Chi, all veterans in their field, so quality is almost assured when the combatants take on each other, although I must say that most fights ended as soon as they began, which is a pity. Quality also goes toward the art direction, with production values culminating in the recreation of the Shaolin Temple, made to resemble a bastion of compassion open to all and sundry displaced by warring factions seeking refuge at its doorsteps in tumultuous times.

Benny Chan's filmography may have blown hot and cold in recent years, but Shaolin establishes him back at the top of the game able to handle a big budgeted spectacle that doesn't necessarily rely on star power and action to deliver the goods, but actually is a thinking man's film on the philosophical aspects of Buddhism, and the balance of Martial Zen. Recommended!

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