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Shaolin Wooden Men (1976)

Shao Lin mu ren xiang (original title)
After witnessing the murder of his father, Little Mute trains in Shaolin Temple for revenge and is taught by various teachers, one of which is clandestine.

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Chi-Hwa Chen

Writer:

Hsin Chin
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Cast

Credited cast:
Jackie Chan ... (as Jacky Chan)
Chun-Erh Lung Chun-Erh Lung ... (as Chun Lung)
Kang Chin ... (as Kang King)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ping-Yu Chang
Yi-Fei Chang Yi-Fei Chang
Lu Chiang Chao Lu Chiang Chao
Wei-An Chen Wei-An Chen
Kam Cheung ... (as Kam Chiang)
Hsin Chin
Kang Ho
Hou Chun Hsia Hou Chun Hsia
Li Hsu Li Hsu ... (as Li Hui)
Kuang Hu Kuang Hu
Hsiao Chung Li
Min-Lang Li
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Storyline

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, but soon finds that he's the chump of the class. After befriending a variety of Shaolin Masters, each of whom teaches Jackie a particular style of kung fu (drunken, killing, slippery snake, et cetera), Jackie suddenly finds himself good enough to go give the beatdown to the one hundred "wooden men", who all Shaolin (in this movie anyways) have to beat to get the funky haircut. Jackie then proceeds to go around laying the beatdown on everyone, but shows his humility and compassion at the end. Written by <bjones@ideaguys.com>

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Country:

Taiwan | Hong Kong

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

10 November 1976 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Shaolin Wooden Men See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The training dummies in this movie are the inspiration for the character Mokujin in the Tekken series. They also make an appearance in the manga of Negima. See more »

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Kung Fu film "branches" out...
11 July 2007 | by GuardiaSee all my reviews

Under-rated film featuring a mute Jacky Chan who begins training at a Shaolin monastery. This films best draw-card is it's plot. This is your regular Kung Fu vengeance story but written much more cunningly and cleverly. The typical plot mechanisms are used, but they didn't bother me, and the story held my attention better than most modern movies I see.

Jackie's fighting is great, and I particularly enjoyed the training he receives from the Nun(?). Not to mention the inventive and really quite absurd training he gets from the imprisoned man.

As like other films of this period, I think that only Kung Fu genre die-hards will really sit through this and feel rewarded. The Wooden Men themselves never seemed as dangerous as the real men in the film - is this some kind of comment on human nature in a Kung Fu film?


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