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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.

Director:

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
Kuang Hu Kuang Hu
Li Hui 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, 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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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 »

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Good old school Jackie Chan movie
11 November 2011 | by ebiros2See all my reviews

Jackie Chan stars in one of his early career movie. Lowe Wei who directed Fist of Fury, and the New Fist of Fury directs this movie as well.

Jackie Chan is a new student of kung fu at the Shaolin Temple. They have all sorts of torturous equipments to build the skills of the students. He has a bad memory from childhood. Witnessing his father getting murdered, by a masked kung fu artist.

He then meets series of three teachers who are willing to teach him covertly. One is a drunken monk, the other is a nun, and finally a prisoner in a dungeon. These three teach Jackie Chan techniques of kung fu.

The graduation at Shaolin temple consists of passing the corridor lined with wooden men that will kick and punch at anyone who tries to pass. Jackie Chan with his knowledge, succeeds in passing the corridor.

On the outside of the temple, things aren't exactly peaceful. There's strife everywhere. The man in the dungeon escapes and threatens to destroy Shaolin temple. In order to save the temple, old master teaches Jackie Chan the secret technique of Shaolin temple. The man that's threatening the temple is revealed to be Jackie Chan's father's killer also. Jackie challenges him to a duel.

The movie is old school, but compared to other old school kung fu movies where quality usually was very poor, ones that stars Jackie Chan seems to consistently have high qualities. This movie's quality is several notches above the average movies of this type. This was before he got his role as the student in "The Drunken Master" and his comical side has not yet emerged.

The story has all the old school kung fu movie elements. Shaolin temple, revenge, student coming of age, and a secret technique. It's not a masterpiece by any means, but is a good movie to watch.


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