7.1/10
3,614
20 user 10 critic

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)
Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

1 nomination. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Action | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Romance blossoms between two rival families practicing Shaolin and Wudang kungfu respectively. despite familial opposition - until they overcome a gang of scheming bandits together.

Director: Hsin-Yen Chang
Stars: Jet Li, Lan Ding, Qiuyan Huang
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Jet Li weasels out of the north Shaolin temple to assassinate a despotic ruler at the ruler's extravagant public birthday celebration. Two other men from the south Shaolin temple also set ... See full summary »

Director: Chia-Liang Liu
Stars: Jet Li, Jianqiang Hu, Qiuyan Huang
Action | Comedy | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Jet Li stars in this comic spectacle as a Chinese "Robin Hood" who stumbles upon a kidnapping scheme after unwittingly opening a martial arts school next to a brothel!

Directors: Jing Wong, Woo-Ping Yuen
Stars: Jet Li, Man Cheung, Dicky Cheung
The Legend (1993)
Action | Comedy | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

This Hong Kong martial-arts extravaganza tells of evil emperors and true love. The secret Red Lotus Flower Society is committed to the overthrow of the evil Manchu Emperor and his minions. ... See full summary »

Director: Corey Yuen
Stars: Jet Li, Josephine Siao, Michelle Reis
Action | Adventure | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Master Wong and his disciples enroll in the 'Dancing Lion Competition' to stop an assassination plot and to battle an arrogant, deceitful opponent.

Director: Hark Tsui
Stars: Jet Li, Rosamund Kwan, Siu Chung Mok
Action | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Jet, a young soldier at the end of the second World War must overcome some abusive Americans who are bullying him as well as the Chinese people.

Director: Jet Li
Stars: Jet Li, Keith Anthony, Kaiming Chen
Action | Adventure | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

In the sequel to the Tsui Hark classic, Wong Fei-Hung faces The White Lotus society, a fanatical cult seeking to drive the Europeans out of China through violence, even attacking Chinese ... See full summary »

Director: Hark Tsui
Stars: Jet Li, Rosamund Kwan, Siu Chung Mok
Action | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Two friends, ex Shaolin monks, part ways as they brush with the ongoing rebellion against the government. The ambitious one rises up to be a powerful military commander, while his betrayed friend resorts to learn the calm ways of Tai Chi.

Director: Woo-Ping Yuen
Stars: Jet Li, Michelle Yeoh, Siu-Ho Chin
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A young father and his infant son are beset by forces of evil and corruption. They wander China, upholding their sense of honor and protecting the weak. When they are forced into combat, ... See full summary »

Directors: Jing Wong, Corey Yuen
Stars: Jet Li, Chingmy Yau, Deannie Ip
Swordsman II (1992)
Action | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

With an entirely new set of actors, this movie continues the story from Swordsman (1990). Blademaster and his martial arts school decide to retire to a distant mountain. Before leaving, he ... See full summary »

Directors: Siu-Tung Ching, Stanley Tong
Stars: Jet Li, Brigitte Lin, Michelle Reis
Action | Adventure | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Late 1800s Foshan, Guangdong: Wong Fei Hung/Jet Li trains men in martial arts to help defend against foreign powers already holding Hong Kong and Macau. He looks after cute 13th Aunt, who's just returned from England. Lots of fight scenes.

Director: Hark Tsui
Stars: Jet Li, Rosamund Kwan, Biao Yuen
The Legend II (1993)
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The Cantonese hero Fong Sai Yuk becomes involved in the secret brotherhood "The Red Flower", who are trying to overthrow the Manchurian emperor and re-establishing the Ming dynasty. The ... See full summary »

Director: Corey Yuen
Stars: Jet Li, Josephine Siao, Adam Cheng
Edit

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)
Edit

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Action | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

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 »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

CNY 1,200,000 (estimated)
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

Connections

Featured in The Art of Action: Martial Arts in Motion Picture (2002) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

A great film from Jet Li
27 February 2000 | by chris-836See all my reviews

This is Jet Li's first film as a lead actor, and it doesn't disappoint. The martial arts action is great and the scenery around the Shaolin Temple in Luoyang, China is breathtaking. There are a variety of weapons and styles that are showcased in the film, adding to the action. In particular, seeing the 3 sectional staff used in combat was really cool, and there's one guy who does flips off of his head!

It is a rare one to find but if you can find it, I recommend seeing "ShaoLin Temple".


11 of 12 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 20 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed