The Tang emperor is betrayed by one of his generals, who installs himself as emperor in the East Capital. The son of one of his slave workers escapes to the Shaolin Temple, learns kung fu, and sets out to kill the traitor, who killed his father. The monks have to help him, and in the process, they save the true emperor, who rewards them greatly. Based on a true story from Shaolin folklore, but highly fictionalized.
PS: At the beginning of the film it says 1979 - this is incorrect.
Jet Li ... Chieh Yuan
Yan Di Hua
Ji Chun Hua
Wang Jue ... Ban Kong
Sun Jian Kui ... Se Kong
Ding Lan ... Bai Wu Xia
Liu Huai Liang ... Liao Kong
Cui Zhi Qiang ... Xuan Kong
Hu Jian Qiang ... Wu Kong
Wang Guang Quan
Zhang Jian Wen
Director: Xinyan Zhang
Runtime 95 min
Codecs: XVid / AC3
Subtitle 1: Chinese
Subtitle 2: English
Original Rip: [TEAM.APE'X]
This is Jet Li's first film as a lead actor, and it doesn't disappoint. The martial arts action is great and the scenery around the Shaolin Temple in Luoyang, China is breathtaking. There are a variety of weapons and styles that are showcased in the film, adding to the action. In particular, seeing the 3 sectional staff used in combat was really cool, and there's one guy who does flips off of his head!
It is a rare one to find but if you can find it, I recommend seeing "ShaoLin Temple".
"The Shaolin Temple" is the first Chinese martial arts film to use gongfu artists instead of actors. Initially, the Japanese investors hired actors, but didn't like the results, so they hired regional and national wushu champions. Although Jet Li is the main character and his wushu is exceptional, don't underestimate the other gongfu artists; they are just as good. The film was two years in the making due to injuries the cast received doing their own stunts. The credits state that the fight choreography was done by Pan Qing Fu, but this is not so. The cast choreographed their own fight scenes and deserve the credit they've been denied.
If you want to see a non-stop action Kung Fu flic, this movie will be a good choice. More fighting than talking, and good fighting at that. The actors were taken from the chinese national wushu team, and these guys coordinated the fighting scenes themselves without a stunt coordinator. Many styles and weapons are used, such as drunken staff, mantis boxing, and such. The shaolin monks in the film don't seem to take their rules very seriously... they eat meat(dog meat!), drink wine and kill people...The movie was shot on location at the shaolin temple. Shaolin Temple was such a huge hit in Asia, that it made hundreds of chinese children go to the temple in hope of learning shaolin Kung Fu. Also Jet Li's first movie.
I love this movie. In fact, when I saw it, I started to love kung fu movies. Why? If you have seen this movie you will know why. Don't ask, just see it. Because this is the greatest kung fu movie ever made. No "Hero", no "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon", this movie is the best. Great story, even greater fights - what else do you need? This is the first Jet Li's movie and it made him star.
I will not tell you the story. See the movie and you will know it. If I could, I woul give "Shaolin Temple" not 10 but 20/10. Well, I can't...
But now I am wasting your time. Don't waste time with reading comments, just go and see this great movie!
* This is Jet Li's debut film. His salary then was RMB 1 (Around 14 US cents) per day of shoot.
* The film grossed over RMB 10 million at a time when a ticket cost 0.1 to 0.15 RMB. Over 70 million tickets were sold. An estimated 50 million audience watched it during its theatrical run in Mainland China.
* The scene when actor Sun Jian Kui plays the drunken pole was shot 48 times.
* The film was funded by a Hong Kong production company but uses a Mainland cast and crew.