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Xin Shao Lin si (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 »
4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

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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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

Andy Lau wrote the lyrics and sing for the soundtrack "Wu" / "Enlightning". 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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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 »

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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A for Effort and Acting,
31 January 2011 | by batudinginSee all my reviews

Andy Lau gives his all. And it certainly shows on screen. I do wonder why has he not done more Hollywood movies. Maybe he does belief parts of things that he said in this movie, cannot really tell you what it is, but I think those who have seen it get it.

The effort to make this movie a little Hollywood-like certainly shows. I guess it is to attract audience. But I do miss closeups and landscape views, since they are not that many in this movie. Action scene is wonderful, but dimmed down to make pace of the movie. Overall it is understandable, though lacking in power and presence of the scene, Acting-wise, no complaints.

I do feel sorry for the scene placements, it just doesn't make sense. It feels rushed at times, and slowed down quickly, than rapid changes of action scenes and dramatic scenes. And the music with it certainly did not help since there is countless time I thought the movie was over, but then the music and scene start action again. Needs to learn this one from the western counterpart.

Speaking of western counterpart, the villains, damn they were awful. All of them, through the dire of Andy's acting, you get their presence. But without Andy, I would beat up the villain easily, they just look too nice, bad acting. But given the circumstances of the greatness of the movie, still A for effort.

Lastly, the CG and Special effects. Just because you can do big, does not mean you must do big. Play it on occasion and it would look great. Play it too much and the power will fade away. I'm guessing that is why they cut and paste scenes overlapping too much when the action starts to get going. Should learn more from Lord of the Rings for the action scenes.

Thank you.


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