Shaolin Review

Summary: 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.

Genres: Action / Drama / Foreign
Release Date: Sep 9, 2011 (limited)

My Review:  Shaolin was great start to finish. You had the typical storyline – greedy warlords, betrayal and then dramatic transformations leading to a happy yet not so happy ending. This movie is a remake of Jet Li’s debut film The Shaolin Temple which was released almost 30 years ago. It’s based on the existing Shaolin Temple in China where it was once known for its martial arts & kung fu techniques.

I liked this movie because, although it was a bit Disney-ish, it had all the aspects of a good film. The action, the drama, the light-hearted comedy, it was all there. I would have liked to see more kung fu but it was still balanced enough to keep my interest. Andy Lau played his role well as the former warlord who had turned into a monk after some traumatic events. Jackie Chan played a minor role as the cook who did not know anything about kung fu. You would think that he would have played a bigger role in the fighting scenes. But he was the ‘light-hearted comedy’ in the movie. The only characters I found to be odd were the so called Westerners- wait till the end when the guy laughs…um ok +_O

A tale of redemption with a Kung Fu backdrop, I rate this movie 7.5/10

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