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Shaolin Wooden Men (1976)

Shao Lin mu ren xiang (original title)
Jackie witnesses his father's death by the skilled hands of a martial arts master with an unknown killing technique. Jackie vows to become a Shaolin monk and avenge his death (not very ... See full summary »

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Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ping-Yu Chang
Yi-Fei Chang
Lu Chiang Chao
Wei-An Chen
Kam Chiang
Hsin Chin
Kang Ho
Hou Chun Hsia
Kuang Hu
Li Hui
Hsiao Chung Li
Min-Lang Li
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Jackie witnesses his father's death by the skilled hands of a martial arts master with an unknown killing technique. Jackie vows to become a Shaolin monk and avenge his death (not very Buddhist of him...), but soon finds that he's the chump of the class. After befriending a variety of shaolin masters, each of whom teach Jackie a particular style of kung fu (drunken, killing, slippery snake, etc.), Jackie suddenly finds himself good enough to go give the beats to the 100 "wooden men" whom all shaolin (in this flick anyways) have to beat to get the funky haircut. Jackie then proceeds to go around laying the beats on everyone, but shows his humility and compassion at the end. Written by <bjones@ideaguys.com>

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10 November 1976 (Hong Kong)  »

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Shaolin Wooden Men  »

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An alternative ending was shot for Taiwan. In this ending Jackie forgave the murderer for killing his father. See more »

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I recall a different title.
19 February 2014 | by See all my reviews

Vowed to remain silent until his father was avenged, Dubbed "dummy" by the other students, he proved himself more than capable as a fighter.

I bought this video some years back and I recall it had the title "Shao Lin Temple of Doom". I remember the plot very well as it was one of my favourite Jackie Chan movies. The wooden men reference made me wonder if it was the same film and the synopsis from others here assured me it was. It may possibly have been that the company doing the packaging for the DVD I bought didn't translate the tile at all, they probably tried to use the cover picture to figure out the translation and got it totally wrong.

As usual, Jackie Chan is a master at injecting a little comedy into an otherwise, serious story. He also does all of his own stunts and often there is an out takes section at the end of his film showing, not only forgotten lines and such, but some ways his stunts have gone terribly wrong. He often pushes the limit of human capability with his stunts and pays for it with injuries. However, the final result makes you wonder if he used camera tricks to do it but no, he doesn't do camera tricks to make himself look almost superhuman, it comes naturally.


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