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Shaolin vs. Lama (1983)

Shao Lin dou La Ma (original title)
| Action, Drama
Skilled fighter Sung Li Ting is looking for a Kung Fu master who can beat him in battle and teach him new techniques. Shaolin monk Shao Si Yer introduces Sung Li to the Shaolin teachings, ... See full summary »

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Tso Nam Lee

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Hsin Yi Chang (screenplay)
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Credited cast:
Alexander Rei Lo ... Yu Ting
Shan Charng
Hui-Yun Li Hui-Yun Li ... Girl on the run
Jung Chi Sun Jung Chi Sun ... Grandmaster
Chung Yan Chung Yan
Kuan-Lung Chang Kuan-Lung Chang
Hsiung Yang Hsiung Yang
Hsing Nan Ho Hsing Nan Ho
Jui-Fu Chung Jui-Fu Chung
Hou Hua Chen Hou Hua Chen
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chi Ping Chang ... Head Abbot
Yi Tao Chang
Kuo Chung Ching
Wen-Jui Hsu Wen-Jui Hsu
Chin-Kuang Li Chin-Kuang Li
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Skilled fighter Sung Li Ting is looking for a Kung Fu master who can beat him in battle and teach him new techniques. Shaolin monk Shao Si Yer introduces Sung Li to the Shaolin teachings, but Sung Li is not allowed to enter the school until the return of a Lama monk who stole a secret scroll containing every known fighting style from the monastery 12 years earlier. Written by Il Tesoro

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Country:

Taiwan

Language:

Mandarin

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Tin Ping Film Company See more »
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Mono

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2.35 : 1
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Monk in Library: When facing your enemy, always aim for his weakest point. Use the Bhudda finger, aimed correctly, and you will find you will win, whatever your enemy may try to do.
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Highly entertaining, yet overrated independent Kung Fu classic.
19 October 2010 | by jag_hatar_grodorSee all my reviews

I've red many favourable reviews for Shaolin vs. Lama here and on different Kung Fu-movie forums and I have been recommended to see it when asking for good independent flicks that can compete with the Shaw Brothers and Golven Harvest productions of that era. Unfortunately, I'm vastly disappointed, but not to the point where I wouldn't watch it several times again, simply because it's so entertaining.

The English dub is horribly funny, and provides us with some nonsensical dialogue and Australian-sounding voice actors, which adds tons to it's charm. If you like this type of low-budget style dubbed Kung Fu movies, you'll be sure to get lots of laughs out of this one as well. The outrageous characters, especially the Shaolin and Lama monks with the longest white eyebrows you'll ever see and crazy hairstyles don't make the movie any less worth watching, trust me.

The problem I have is the fighting, which I was told would be amazing. I can easily say, it's not. It's very rough, stiff and repetitive, especially if you compare to contemporary Kung Fu movies from Lau Gar-Leung and The Venom Mob. However, there's a lot of talent involved, and many moves and blows are excellently executed. The action is plenty and has a certain cartoonish feeling about it, which together with the obsessive overuse of undercranking to speed up the already wacky choreography, makes the Kung Fu very watchable and entertaining. Bare in mind though that it's not good fighting per se. If you want to see really good fighting in an independent Kung Fu movie, look for classics like: 7 STEPS OF KUNG FU, HELL'Z WINDSTAFF, 7 GRANDMASTERS, DAGGERS 8, and SNAKE DEADLY ACT. I sincerely recommend Shaolin vs. Lama, mostly since in all it's cheesy glory, it's a good way to spend an hour and a half any given day.


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