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18 Bronze Girls of Shaolin (1983)

Shao Lin shi ba pa tung nu (original title)
A woman pretends to be blind. Lots of other people pretend to be mute. Half the male characters dress as women. One guy fights himself. Others fight giant roses. Various people may be ... See full summary »

Director:

Lai-Yeh Chien (as Lai Ya Chian)

Writer:

Shu-Lin Li
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Cast

Credited cast:
Hua Yueh
Chun-Erh Lung Chun-Erh Lung ... Yu-fei Pai
Fang Yu Tung Fang Yu Tung
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bao-Liang Chen Bao-Liang Chen
Chin Hai Chen Chin Hai Chen
Kang Chin
Chun Chou Chun Chou
Chang Sheng Ko Chang Sheng Ko
Ying Lee
Yun-Pao Lu Yun-Pao Lu
Chung Ouyang
Yu-Chiao Szema Yu-Chiao Szema
Hsin-Yi Tseng Hsin-Yi Tseng ... (as Shan Liu)
Te-Shan Wu Te-Shan Wu
Yen Wu
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A woman pretends to be blind. Lots of other people pretend to be mute. Half the male characters dress as women. One guy fights himself. Others fight giant roses. Various people may be called Pai Yu Fei - they don't seem sure. And who is the mysterious Lady Killer? Reading this kind of stuff, I'd want to take a look and the film is certainly weird, but for a long while it doesn't make enough sense

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Country:

Taiwan

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

January 1983 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

18 Bronze Girls of Shaolin See more »

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An Lai Film Company See more »
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Narrator: ...Shaolin temples thousands of years ago were famous for their kung fu schools, and everybody has come to relate these temples with kung fu. Even the best fighters in the world didn't dare challenge the Shaolin students. During the Ching Dynasty, the reigning government had total control of the Shaolin temples and schools. The monk Chi Kong wasn't a real monk. In fact he was evil. He even accepted girls as students. He taught these girls the kung fu style. There were eighteen of them... Title ...
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Crazy kung fu comedy – a bit too crazy in places
22 October 2009 | by freydis-eSee all my reviews

A woman pretends to be blind. Lots of other people pretend to be mute. Half the male characters dress as women. One guy fights himself. Others fight giant roses. Various people may be called Pai Yu Fei – they don't seem sure. And who is the mysterious Lady Killer? Reading this kind of stuff, I'd want to take a look and the film is certainly weird, but for a long while it doesn't make enough sense even to be funny. 'I'm confused,' says the hero half an hour in. 'I'm as confused as you,' says a villain, half an hour later. 'What's happening?' says someone else. 'I have no idea,' comes the reply. They are not alone. You'll be confused. You'll have no idea what's happening.

The acting and direction isn't that great, early on there isn't much action, the jokes tend not to be that funny and there's never any story. We're told Pai Yu Fei is some kind of rebel leader, learning kung fu to get revenge, but what she's rebelling against and what she wants revenge for is anyone's guess.

Then again there are the hilarious bronze girls (gold suits and face-paint) – over the opening credits, they use their bodies to ring a giant bell. And once the local ancient white-haired monk pops up with a line or two of explanation, we're launched into a final half-hour of non-stop, funny, inventive action (especially when the BGs get going – check out the five-high shoulder rides!) Excellent stuff! – pity about the first hour.


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