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Shaolin Girl (2008)

Shôrin shôjo (original title)
A Shaolin-trainer young woman returns to Japan to resuscitate her grandfather's defunct martial arts school.

Director:

Katsuyuki Motohiro

Writers:

Masashi Sogo (screenplay), Rika Sogo (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ko Shibasaki ... Rin Sakurazawa (as Kô Shibasaki)
Tôru Nakamura ... Yûichirô Ôba
Yuqi Zhang ... Minmin Ryû (as Kithî Chan)
Kai-Man Tin ... Tin (as Tin Kaiman)
Tze Chung Lam ... Ramu (as Ramu Chîchon)
Mami Yamasaki Mami Yamasaki ... Mami Shimizu
Asagi Kudô Asagi Kudô ... Asagi Kondô
Kana Harada Kana Harada ... Kana Kitano
Eri Otoguro ... Eri Kuroiwa
Mayu Gamou Mayu Gamou ... Mayu Yamada (as Mayu Gamô)
Asami Itô Asami Itô ... Asami Tabuse
Yûko Chino Yûko Chino ... Yûko Kaji
Miho Chiyoya Miho Chiyoya ... Miho Takuma
Aina Nishiaki Aina Nishiaki ... Aina Ogata
Miyû Sawai Miyû Sawai ... Miyû Kanagawa
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Produced by Stephen Chow (Shaolin Soccer, CJ7), Shaolin Girl tells the story of a girl by the name of Rin, who is compelled to take over her late grandfather's kung-fu dojo. She endures 3,000 days of brutal training at the Shaolin Martial Arts School in China before returning to her native Japan. But what awaits her is a dojo that lies in tatters and students who have abandoned the true discipline of Shaolin kung-fu. While struggling to restore her grandfather's school to its former glory and spread a genuine Shaolin philosophy, Rin attends university where she becomes the star member of the lacrosse team. While Rin's exceptional physical abilities being a string of victories to the team, her teammates in turn come to her aid by helping her reestablish the dojo. Just as fortune seems to smile upon her, a dark incident from a past Rin knew nothing about rears its ugly head and throws her into a fantastic showdown with tremendous evil. Is the Shaolin Girl up to the challenge? Written by medric

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Official Sites:

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Country:

Japan | Hong Kong

Language:

Japanese | Mandarin | Cantonese

Release Date:

26 April 2008 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Kung Fu Girl See more »

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$15,000,804
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital EX

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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This was mediocre to the core...
15 December 2015 | by paul_haakonsenSee all my reviews

Now, a lot can be said about "Shaolin Girl" (aka "Shôrin shôjo"), but comparing it to "Shaolin Soccer" is hardly appropriate, because they are two very different movies. And yes Stephen Chow did produce this movie, but this is not a sequel.

The story is about Rin, a Japanese woman who has studied the art of Shaolin Kung Fu in China and now has returned to Japan to honor her grandfather, but Things are very changed from before when she went to China.

"Shaolin Girl" is a fairly average movie, which never really managed to strike a lasting impression. The movie just lacked finesse, an interesting storyline, characters to captivate the audience and any outstanding acting performances. So it was a very mediocre movie experience.

Several times throughout the movie did I find my focus and concentration to drift away from the movie. There just wasn't anything to thrill or excite me enough to keep me entertained.

It was the production level that kept the movie afloat. But a production level can only go so far. A movie is supposed to be entertaining, and that is where "Shaolin Girl" failed.

There were surprisingly little Kung Fu in this movie, and it was mostly just about lacrosse and drama. So the movie was somewhat misleading in terms of what you would expect from it given its title and synopsis.

If you enjoy Asian movies, then there are far better, much, much better movies available. I can't really come up with a valid reason to recommend "Shaolin Girl" to others.


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