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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.

Director:

Benny Chan

Writers:

Alan Yuen (original screenplay), Chi Kwong Cheung | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Shaoqun Yu 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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In a land torn by strife, the righteous monks of Shaolin stand as a beacon of hope for the oppressed masses.

Genres:

Action | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

Hong Kong | China

Language:

Mandarin | Cantonese

Release Date:

27 January 2011 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Shaolin See more »

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Box Office

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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Chan and his crew built their own "Shaolin Temple" in Zhejiang that cost 10 million yuan (US$1.47 million) to avoid damaging the actual temple. See more »

Quotes

Cook: [to Huo Jie] I don't know an of this, all i know is it's worthless to train just the moves without the spirit.
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Connections

Remake of Shao Lin si (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

Wu (Enlightenment)
Music by Zhao Qin
Lyrics by Andy Lau
Performed by Andy Lau
Vocal & Lyrics: Andy Lau
Composer: Q. luv
Arrangement: Adam Lee, Setry, Jacky Chan
Producer: Perston Lee, Jacky Chan
Production: EASTASIA MUSIC (HOLDINGS) LTD
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Don't Mess with the Shaolin Temple!
14 January 2012 | by basilisksamukSee all my reviews

There's nothing better than a film with an uplifting moral message bought to you interspersed with lots of martial arts action and blowing stuff up. I can therefore heartily recommend this film.

Whilst being a good watch there is also some good old-fashioned silly translations to add to the enjoyment. "Don't mess with the Shaolin Temple" is one fine example and another is "You bastards come and attack the temple, I'll send you to the Netherworld." (I don't know if you get this with the English soundtrack as I was watching the subtitled version.)

There's a solid storyline and the usual stuff about the baddie finding redemption and making good his evil ways but it's not as 2-dimensional as these plots often are as you see the effect on Andy Lau's wife and daughter in no uncertain terms. The martial arts action is good though not outstanding. Jackie Chan has a supporting role but when he does eventually get an action scene it is laugh out loud funny and absolutely true to the character he plays in the film.

It's not the world's best film but it would be hard to go wrong with this if you want to watch an entertaining epic with lots of action. I'm intrigued to know how much of the battles scenes and destruction of buildings was CGI and how much miniatures. I suspect it was a mixture. I'll have to listen to the DVD commentary to find out


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