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Shao Lin men (1976)

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A survivor of an attack on a rebel group opposing the Manchu invasion of China creates the Goose Fist fighting technique and tries for revenge on a traitor.

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John Woo (as Wu Yu Sheng)

Writer:

John Woo
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Cast

Credited cast:
Tao-Liang Tan ... Yun Fei (as Dorian Tan)
James Tien ... Shih Shao-Feng
Jackie Chan ... Tan Feng (as Chan Yuan Lung)
Ching Chu ... Autumn Moon
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Pao-Shan Chang
Chun Chao Chun Chao
Feng Chen Chen Feng Chen Chen
Sheng Chiang
Chi Chu Chin
Sammo Kam-Bo Hung ... Officer Tu Ching
In-han Jang In-han Jang
Jeong-Kuk Jang Jeong-Kuk Jang
Chi-Ming Lam Chi-Ming Lam
Ke Ming Lin
Feng Lu
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Storyline

Superkicker Dorian Tan Tao-liang plays a Shaolin student who must find a Manchu traitor responsible for the murder of the abbot. Jackie Chan is a spear fighting expert who decides to help Tan because the traitor killed his brother. Part of their mission is to help a scholar make it safely across the river without getting killed from the Manchus. Written by Albert Valentin

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for martial arts violence and brief sexuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

15 July 1976 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Strike of Death See more »

Filming Locations:

Hong Kong, China See more »

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Production Co:

Golden Harvest Company See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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DIRECTOR CAMEO: (John Woo): Plays the scholar defended by the three heroes. See more »

Quotes

Yun Fei: Men who beg are not heroes. They're cowards.
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Referenced in Mission: Impossible II (2000) See more »

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An Underrated Classic!
1 April 2013 | by aidenthomson73See all my reviews

I Bought the Hong Kong Legends DVD and this movie is pure classic. The choreography is excellent, the acting is brilliant and the storyline is also great. This early John Woo movie stars Dorian Tan as the good guy and has an supporting appearance from Jackie Chan as a blacksmith who was a Shaolin disciple. The structure of the fight scenes in the last half-hour showdown were later used in films such as Mission:Impossibe Part II.

The two flaws this movie has is the fight scenes are shot at awkward angles, making them look fake. The other flaw is that a real Shaolin disciple would not want revenge. In Buddhism, suffering is caused only by want and any real Shaolin disciple should already know this, therefore I rate this movie 8\10 stars.


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