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Shaolin Wheel of Life
Shaolin Wheel of Life
Actor: Jennifer Saunders
Genres: Action & Adventure, Documentary
UR     2002     1hr 24min

Studio: Uni Dist Corp. (mca) Release Date: 02/08/2005 Starring: Jennifer Saunders Run time: 84 minutes Rating: Nr Director: Bob Spiers

     
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Actor: Jennifer Saunders
Genres: Action & Adventure, Documentary
Sub-Genres: Action & Adventure, Documentary
Studio: Universal Studios
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen
DVD Release Date: 01/08/2002
Theatrical Release Date: 03/16/2001
Release Year: 2002
Run Time: 1hr 24min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, French

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Movie Reviews

Simply outstanding
R. DONG | Seattle, WA | 02/12/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"We've become so accustomed to martial arts being a sport here
in the United States that even a casual review of the Monks
DVD will reveal significant differences. In China, it is a way
of life. From youth through adulthood, one is immersed in the
training, breaths and lives the art. Neuromuscular control,
mental discipline, and absorbing the philosophy of martial arts
is paramount. Only under this lifelong training and environment
does one achieve perfection. The Shaolin epitomizes this per-
fection in every sense. If one is at all interested in the differences in style and
training between the Western world versus that of the China,
the first several minutes will leave you in awe. You'll be
left spellbound at the mastery of the art, the variations-on-
a-theme of the Chinese martial arts. You'll be left stunned.
When you've watched it all, you'll replay it for those moves
too fleeting to catch the first time around.The only thing better is to watch them in person. You will
float out of the performance....transcended."
Couldn't stop watching
J. Wong | Jackson Heights, NY United States | 12/17/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I was only going to watch 5 minutes of this DVD, and dedicate more time for it later, but as it turned out, I could NOT stop watching. I wound up watching the whole thing. The "actors" are actual students from Shaolin. Wheel of Life is the Chinese equivalent of the Irish "Riverdance." The story is about a group of monks from Shaolin who help the Chinese king defeat barbarians, only later to be betrayed by him for their unwillingness to stay as imperial guards. All the performance is done on the stage, and it was filmed rather well. Sometimes you view from the audiences' perspective, sometimes you get an extreme close-up. The performance was stunning. The acrobatic and gymastic skills of the actors just made my jaw drop. I found it very similar to watching a Cirque du Soleil show, more than anything. If you're a serious kung-fu afficionado like the reviewer below, you'll be disappointed, but for the general public, I believe you'll find this DVD highly entertaining, and probably view again and again."
Simply Amazing!
Jordango | America | 04/18/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"My gosh! Man these guys are good! This show is so good! This show captures these Shaolin monks at their best in a theatrical performance! For those of you who don't really know what this movie is about, it is a high quality video of a performance of Shaolin: Wheel of Life, a show put on in the West End of London in 2000 I believe. The producers of the show actually went to a Shaolin Temple in China and recruited 25 Shaolin monks to perform in this show, with the permission of the abby. They then proceded to put on this spectacular show full of martial arts at its best, great theatrical drama, and stunts that people would deem impossible. Absolutely amazing this is. I can't recommend it enough."
Riveting Presentation
D. Hill | Kaysville, UT USA | 04/16/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I purchased this product to present to a class I teach about alternative health and exercise lifestyles. My expectations were exceeded with every passing minute. While the play begins slowly, it doesn't take long to become fully involved in the dedication, athleticism, and tenacity of the Shaolin monks. I strongly recommend this DVD presentation."