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Shaolin (2011)

Xin Shao Lin si (original title)
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After ambushing and killing his rival, losing everything in the process, dispirited warlord Hou Jie turns to a Shaolin monastery seeking salvation.

Director:

Benny Chan

Writers:

Alan Yuen (original screenplay), Chi Kwong Cheung | 3 more credits »
4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Shaoqun Yu ... Chinghai
Chen Zhiui Chen Zhiui ... Huo Lung
Xing Yu ... Chingkung
Jing Wu ... Chingneng (as Jacky Wu)
Nicholas Tse ... Tsao Man
Hai Yu Hai Yu ... Abbot
Andy Lau ... Hou Chieh / Chinochueh
Bingbing Fan ... Madam Hou
Shimadu Runa Shimadu Runa ... Nan
Xiaohong Shi Xiaohong Shi ... Sung Hu
Karl Eiselen Karl Eiselen ... Peter (as Karl Robert Eislen)
Alexander Mukhanov Alexander Mukhanov ... Roddick
Shi Tianshuo Shi Tianshuo ... Officer Shi
Qilong Li Qilong Li ... Huo's Officer
Jin Youming Jin Youming ... Hou's Butler
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Storyline

China is plunged into strife as feuding warlords try to expand their power by warring over neighboring lands. Fuelled by his success on the battlefield, young and arrogant Hao Jie sneers at Shaolin's masters after killing a rival warlord on their temple grounds. But the glory comes before a fall. His own family is wiped out in an unexpected turn of events and Hao is forced to take refuge with the monks. As the civil unrest spreads and the people suffer, Hao and the Shaolin masters are forced to take a fiery stand against the evil warlords. They launch a daring plan of rescue and escape. Written by Anonymous

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Discipline, harmony & martial arts become one. See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The last of six movies were made by Jackie Chan as an actor And Benny Chan Muk-sing as a film director. See more »

Quotes

Abbot: A brave man is one who knows to return after having lost his way.
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Alternate Versions

The UK version is cut by 7 seconds due to animal cruelty. See more »

Connections

Featured in I guerrieri del dragone (2011) See more »

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Kaiser Bill's March
Written by Paul Lewis
Composed by Paul Lewis
OP: DE WOLFE LTD.
SP: EMI MUSIC PUBLISHING HONG KONG
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HK Neo Reviews: Shaolin
14 March 2011 | by webmaster-3017See all my reviews

A competent and action pack Shaolin movie… It is of a moment of distinction to proclaim that Benny Chan's latest blockbuster, not only revisited the glory days of Jet Li's first ever movie, but also reunited two of the biggest Hong Kong actors ever. Mr. Andy Lau and Mr. Jackie Chan appears on screen together for the first time since 1994's Drunken Master 2. The moment they appear together, the screen goes on fire. It is a special little segment that excites HK cinema fans, including myself. However, Shaolin fails to exceed the audience expectation and the result is a competent and efficient movie that contains wonderful action sequences, but nothing more.

The real problem of director Benny Chan is not direction, but rather the criminal under usage of Fan Bing Bing and Nicholas Tse respectively. Tse for one, should be critical of his own performance. His villainous turn is neither convincing or menacing. In fact, he should take a leaf out of Mainland's actor, Liu Ye – book of acting. His evil laugh is more cheesy than imagined and his overacting is far too laughable than villainous. A poor effort from someone who have improved immensely in films like Beast Stalker and Pigeon Stool. As for Fan Bing Bing, she performs wondrously in her extremely limited screen time. Her teary eye caught my attention, but with just two significant scenes, she is officially wasted.

All in all, Benny Chan improves from his previous Aaron Kwok's endeavor – City Under Siege. From cheesy to competent action blockbuster, Chan perfectly casted superstar Andy Lau in a role that allows him to go through the motions. At the end of the day, this is a highly effective film for what it is. Unfortunately as with most Benny Chan's movies, the film entertains, but fails to delivers anything special or original to make a good film, great. Basically, Shaolin is a good film, but not great……(Neo 2011)

I rate it 7.5/10

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Country:

Hong Kong | China

Language:

Mandarin | Cantonese

Release Date:

27 January 2011 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$29,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,132, 11 September 2011

Gross USA:

$66,099

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$42,982,973
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Dolby Digital

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2.35 : 1
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