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San siu lam zi (2011)

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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Shaoqun Yu ... Chinghai
Chen Zhiui ... Huo Lung
... Chingkung
... Chingneng (as Jacky Wu)
... Tsao Man
Hai Yu ... Abbot
... Hou Chieh / Chinochueh
... Madam Hou
Shimadu Runa ... Nan
Xiaohong Shi ... Sung Hu
Karl Eiselen ... Peter (as Karl Robert Eislen)
Alexander Mukhanov ... Roddick
Shi Tianshuo ... Officer Shi
Qilong Li ... Huo's Officer
Jin Youming ... Hou's Butler
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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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In a land torn by strife, the righteous monks of Shaolin stand as a beacon of hope for the oppressed masses.

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Action | Drama

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Rated R for violence | See all certifications »

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27 January 2011 (Hong Kong)  »

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Shaolin  »

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Budget:

$29,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,132, 11 September 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$64,327, 9 October 2011
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Originally slated for a late 2010 release. See more »

Quotes

Abbot: A piece of gold or pile of mud, which is more useful?
Cook: The gold, of course.
Abbot: But to a seed? Never underestimate yourself. Everyone has a purpose.
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Remake of Shao Lin si (1982) See more »

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Military March
Written by Francis Shaw
Composed by Francis Shaw
OP: KPM MUSIC LTD.
SP: EMI MUSIC PUBLISHING HONG KONG
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15 December 2015 | by See all my reviews

If you are not familiar with Chinese cinema then "Shaolin" could be a good movie to start out with as an introduction to the wonderful world of Chinese cinema. It has lot of action, a phenomenal assembly of acting talents, a good story and nicely choreographed martial arts.

I have been putting off watching "Shaolin" for a long, long time after I had purchased this movie from Amazon. A thing that turned out to be a mistake on my behalf, because this really is a good movie. And of course it would be very unlikely not to be good with Andy Lau in the leading part.

I bought this movie for two reasons; the first reason was, of course, Andy Lau, and the second reason being that this is a Chinese martial arts drama.

"Shaolin" also has a small role for martial arts legend Jackie Chan, and even in a supporting small role he shines, and really did add his usual charms and charisma to the movie.

I enjoyed "Shaolin" quite a lot and was genuinely surprised at captivating the story was and how good director Benny Chan is at telling a story to the audience.

If you enjoy Asian cinema then you most definitely should take the time to watch "Shaolin". And for a historical drama, then "Shaolin" is a movie that is more than deserving a place in the movie Collection of any fan of the genre.


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