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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, but soon ... See full summary »

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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 Chiang
Hsin Chin Hsin Chin
Kang Ho
Hou Chun Hsia Hou Chun Hsia
Kuang Hu Kuang Hu
Li Hui Li Hui
Hsiao Chung Li 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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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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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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heavy handed but not unwatchable
31 October 2009 | by winner55See all my reviews

Okay early Chan starring vehicles; very heavy handed, with little humor; a lot of training sequences, more than usual for the genre at this time - these are more realistic than similar training episodes of the period, but they lack of any inherent interest, perhaps for that very reason. The fight scenes are well-choreographed, largely because Chan is clearly choreographing himself. The actual 'wooden men' sequence is unconvincing; this particular legend was best presented by Joseph Kuo in "The 18 Bronzemen," where Kuo presents the Bronzemen as men in bronze paint, rather than the robots or spirit-possessed statues of other films. Here they are rather ungainly robots, and not very threatening, to be honest.

The big plus of the film is the relationship between Chan and his teacher, who is also the lead villain - that double identity gives the film its real weight, and the resolution of this relationship in the final fight is almost carried off - enough so to leave the fan of such films of its era satisfied.


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