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.
10 November 1976 (Hong Kong)
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Also Known As:
Shaolin Wooden Men
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Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?
At least three Kill Bill references originate with this movie: Pai Mai's introduction scene references the stairway and water training scene; Pai Mai himself though in white in Kill Bill is the blind orange master monk (who in Kill Bill blinds Elle); and, finally, the five point finger exploding hand technique comes from the end battle scene of this movie, where the villain uses a special punch technique on the protangontists, but is only able to deliver four of the five blows (with the protagonist holding his heart, as Bill does, right before dying). See more
UK video version is cut by 29 sec. See more
Referenced in Kill Bill: Vol. 1