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The Shaolin Temple (1982)

Shao Lin si (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Drama | 1982 (China)
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.

Director:

Hsin-Yen Chang

Writers:

Hau Sit (screenplay by) (as Shih Hou), Shau-Chang Lu (screenplay by)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Jet Li ... Jie Yuan (as Lianjie Li)
Hai Yu Hai Yu ... Shi Fu
Chenghui Yu Chenghui Yu ... (as Cheng-Hui Yu)
Lan Ding Lan Ding ... Bai Wuxia
Jianqiang Hu Jianqiang Hu ... Wu Kong
Jian Kui Sun Jian Kui Sun ... Se Kong
Huailiang Liu Huailiang Liu ... Liao Kong
Chunhua Ji ... Tu Ying (as Chun Hua Ji)
Jianwen Zhang Jianwen 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)
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Storyline

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

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

China | Hong Kong

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

1982 (China) See more »

Also Known As:

Shao Lin Si See more »

Filming Locations:

Shaolin Monastery, Henan, China See more »

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Budget:

CNY 1,200,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Filming began in 1979. See more »

Alternate Versions

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

Connections

Featured in Dragons of the Orient (1988) See more »

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Pure Kung Fu
19 February 2002 | by pbtipsSee all my reviews

No camera tricks. No high production value (even compared to the Hong Kong Kung Fu movies at that time). No stunt men/women. No wire. It is just pure Kung Fu. The location is real and so are the fighting. It belongs to the classic that we miss in today's Kung Fu movies. If you practice Kung Fu, you have to watch it repeatedly to learn a lot from the real masters. It is quite good for the first Kung Fu movie made in China (about 20 years ago).


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