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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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This film was the first Hong Kong-China co-production to be filmed in mainland China. The film was also the first such to use a Mainland cast and crew. See more »

Alternate Versions

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


Remade as Untitled Shaolin Temple Remake See more »

User Reviews

True martial arts movies without any fake
12 January 2004 | by zzmaleSee all my reviews

This join venture of Hong Kong and mainland China started the 1980's boom of martial arts flicks in China.

Jet Li is the protagonist in this movie and unlike his later works, there is no stunt, no cable, no crane, no other equipment, no special effect, no fake moves, and no artistic creations. Every move is real, and the Hong Kong producers & director ingeniously employed the Chinese martial arts athletes of provincial teams and one from the national team, Jet Li, instead of ordinary actors to perform, thus giving a very realistic view.

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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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