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American Shaolin (1991)

PG-13 | | Action | 23 July 1992 (Germany)
After being humiliated in the ring by a dirty kickboxer who pulled down his shorts and then hit him, a martial arts master decides to travel to China and enter a monastery where he may ... See full summary »

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Lucas Lowe
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Reese Madigan ... Drew Carson
Trent Bushey Trent Bushey ... Trevor Gottitall
Daniel Dae Kim ... Gao
Billy Chang Billy Chang ... Li
Cliff Lenderman Cliff Lenderman ... D.S.
Henry O Henry O ... San De (as Zhang Zhi Yen)
Kim Chan ... Master Kwan
Alice Zhang Hung Alice Zhang Hung ... Ashena
Jean Louisa Kelly ... Maria
D.D. Delaney D.D. Delaney ... Bob
Sifu Jai Sifu Jai ... Dr. Pfeelgut
Michael Depasquale Jr. ... Announcer
Tokey Hill Tokey Hill ... Coach #1 (as Toki Hill)
Alan Pottinger Alan Pottinger ... Young Adult
Andrew Shue ... Competitor
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Storyline

After being humiliated in the ring by a dirty kickboxer who pulled down his shorts and then hit him, a martial arts master decides to travel to China and enter a monastery where he may learn the Shaolin form of fighting. The film then veers into "Karate Kid" territory where the novice humiliates himself at every turn, is tolerated as a foreigner, and still comes out a champion. The monastery teaches non-violence, but everyone knows that sooner or later the student will catch up with the bad guy. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Action

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA | Hong Kong

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 July 1992 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

American Shaolin: King of the Kickboxers II See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Seasonal Film Corporation See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Film debut of Daniel Dae Kim, who later gained fame for his role as Jin on "Lost" and Andrew Shue, who just after this film went on to play Billy Campbell on the original "Melrose Place" from 1992-1999. See more »

Goofs

During the first fight between Drew and Trevor, the crowd outside of the ring clearly disappears and reappears between shots. See more »

Quotes

Competitor: Hey Trevor, what's with the second suit?
Trevor Gottitall: The finals.
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Follows No Retreat, No Surrender 2 (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

Summertime Blues
Music and Lyrics by Eddie Cochran and Jerry Capehart
Lead vocals: Stephen Hogg
Backing voice: Jim Knettle
Produced and Arranged by Richard Yuen
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High Flying International Martial Arts Action -- at its Best!
10 October 1999 | by ashaolinSee all my reviews

American Shaolin is a virtuosic display of the drama of martial arts combat, intertwined with the wisdom and lore of the Eastern Buddhist Tradition (Shaolin). After a humilating incident in which his pants are pulled down by martial arts "bad guy" Trevor Gottiall, revealing his panties to a crowd of about 75 people in a high school gymnasium, Drew Carson escapes to the rural countryside of Communist China to learn the secrets of Oriental Martial Arts (Shaolin Fighting). While there Drew must master the arts of manual labor (viz. "latrine cleaning") and fighting wooden golems; but he also manages to impart a little "wisdom" on his Chinese captors: he breaks up the monotony of another day of hard labor in the prison camp with a rendition of "The Shaolin Temple Blues" -- with eerily reminiscent of Buddy Holly's 1956 hit "Summertime Blues" -- and in the process teaches his Oriental associates how to sing and dance "American"-style.

Except for some unnecessary (albeit, brief) digressions into Avant-Garde Symbolism -- mainly in the form of a trip to the mountain to visit the Zarathustra-esque Purple Magician (portrayed with fantastic charisma by Noriyuku "Pat" Morita of Karate Kid fame) and a panty-raid at the local high school dance -- American Shaolin is a film to be enjoyed over and over. A veritable tour-de-force realized through the sheer acting-magnificence of its ensemble cast, that culminates with a breathtaking transition from the final test that requires Drew to destroy Wooden Golems in the basement of the Shaolin Temple to the final fight "all-out" bare-knuckle fight at the International Karate Expo where Drew must put his skillz to their ultimate test in mortal kombat with Trevor. And let's just say that Drew doesn't "drop his pants" this time!!!

Keep on Shaolin-Fighting, Drew


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