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Shaolin Temple (1982)

Shao Lin si (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Drama | 21 January 1982 (Hong Kong)
A young man, hounded by a psychopathic general, learns martial arts at the Shaolin temple to avenge his father's death. To achieve this he forgoes a budding romance with his kungfu master's daughter, a shepherdess.


Hsin-Yen Chang


Hau Sit (screenplay by) (as Shih Hou), Shau-Chang Lu (screenplay by)
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Credited cast:
Jet Li ... Jue Yuan (as Lianjie Li)
Hai Yu Hai Yu ... Tan Zong Shi Fu
Chenghui Yu Chenghui Yu ... Wng Renze (as Cheng-Hui Yu)
Lan Ding Lan Ding ... Bai Wuxia
Jianqiang Hu Jianqiang Hu ... Wu Kong
Jiankui Sun Jiankui Sun ... Se Kong
Huailiang Liu Huailiang Liu ... Liao Kong
Chunhua Ji ... Tu Ying (as Chun Hua Ji)
Jianwen Zhang Jianwen Zhang ... Fang Zhang
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lichang Bian Lichang Bian
Guoan Chen Guoan Chen
Szu-Ying Chien
Zhiqiang Cui Zhiqiang Cui ... Xuan Kong
Chuanyang Du Chuanyang Du ... Wei Kong
Henry Fong ... Hui Neng (as Ping Fang)


The Tang emperor is betrayed by one of his generals, who installs himself as emperor in the East Capital. The son of one of his slave workers escapes to the Shaolin Temple, learns kung fu, and sets out to kill the traitor, who killed his father. The monks have to help him, and in the process, they save the true emperor, who rewards them greatly. Based on a true story from Shaolin folklore, but highly fictionalized. Written by Johan Wikberg

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Action | Drama


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The weapons used by Jet Li in the movie include the staff, 3-section staff, broadsword, and spear. See more »

Alternate Versions

UK versions are cut by 8 secs and remove all footage of sheep being stabbed and strangled. See more »


Featured in Iron & Silk (1990) See more »

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The first of its kind
26 November 2000 | by BernieKSee all my reviews

"The Shaolin Temple" is the first Chinese martial arts film to use gongfu artists instead of actors. Initially, the Japanese investors hired actors, but didn't like the results, so they hired regional and national wushu champions. Although Jet Li is the main character and his wushu is exceptional, don't underestimate the other gongfu artists; they are just as good. The film was two years in the making due to injuries the cast received doing their own stunts. The credits state that the fight choreography was done by Pan Qing Fu, but this is not so. The cast choreographed their own fight scenes and deserve the credit they've been denied.

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China | Hong Kong



Release Date:

21 January 1982 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Shao Lin Si See more »

Filming Locations:

Shaolin Monastery, Henan, China See more »


Box Office


CNY1,200,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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