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.
A young man, hounded by a psychopathic general, learns martial arts at the Shaolin temple to avenge his father's death. To achieve this he forgoes a budding romance with his kungfu master's daughter, a shepherdess.
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It has some pretty good fight sequences, and some emotional drama that managed to get to me. I was lucky enough to find a subtitled version online, so did it live up to what I expected? For the most part, yep! Right from the outset with the drama orientated opening, which was my cue to realize I was at least going to get a quality film. I'm a big fan of Jet Li's. I enjoyed his motives for revenge, and never say die attitude, but I felt they could have gone a lot further with it. My only complaints about this movie are this. It's that there are some rather unfunny slapstick sequences. Martial Art stars like Jet & Jackie Chan are infamous for these, and usually they are a hoot, but I didn't like them very much in this one. Maybe I'm being a stickler, but I don't find a dog "accidentally" being killed very funny. I also didn't appreciate the slaughtering of multitudes of sheep. It made me very uncomfortable, and turned me off for a little bit. It does have some decent training sequences and the fight sequences, despite presumably being filled with wires were above average. Jet Li shows off that charisma that he is well known for here. It's no surprise as to why he achieved stardom.
Final Thoughts: It was a pretty good film, and always interesting. I wouldn't say it was awesome, but it did provide me with entertainment for the most part, which is all I care about. Well worth watching if you manage to find it
7/10 No camera tricks. No high production value (even compared to the Hong Kong Kung Fu movies at that time). No stunt men/women. No wire. It is just pure Kung Fu. The location is real and so are the fighting. It belongs to the classic that we miss in today's Kung Fu movies. If you practice Kung Fu, you have to watch it repeatedly to learn a lot from the real masters. It is quite good for the first Kung Fu movie made in China (about 20 years ago). Atsuki hon ga mi wo kogasu full movie with english subtitles online download Battle of the Bots Martian Makeover 720p movies Noche de antro malayalam full movie free download the Akane iro no sora ni... full movie download in hindi Cowbot full movie in hindi free download mp4 8e4485ccf1
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