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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 is Jet Li's debut film. His salary then was RMB 1 per day of shoot. See more »

Alternate Versions

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


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Holy cow!
18 February 1999 | by EricYuSee all my reviews

Jet Li's first movie, and it set the stage for his future success. Really good kung fu, really good action, and not too many slow points. Pretty typical storyline; evil warlord kills boys father, boy escapes to Shaolin temple, improves his skill and fights a lot of people. But for a movie this old, the fighting is really done well. I'm sure that this is a pretty hard movie to come across, but if you ever get the opportunity to see it, by all means take advantage of it.

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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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