Superb kung-fu action, ridiculous dubbing
firstname.lastname@example.org | Verona, NJ USA | 08/15/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"For a movie with such a generic name, I didnt know quite what to expect. I was surprised to find that the movie was everything I could have hoped for in a movie called "Shaolin vs. Ninja" The movie is not just some knock-off with passing references to Shaolin temple and ninja warriors. There are fights galore of shaolin masters amd students taking on slews of ninjas. The fighting is first rate, intense, and everything you're looking for. The video would have been better in its original widescreen format, and the very ends of subtitles are conseqeuntly cut off. The only distraction is the audacious, shameless dubbing with not the usual voice talent we've come to expect in our classic movies. The dubbing was clearly done in the 90s, with the dubbers substituting improbable names, such as Shaquille,Bob, Raymond, Sylvester, and Tommy boy, for the actual character's Chinese names, which can be read in the subtitles. The dubbers also add many lines of improbable improvisation, such as references to Beverly Hills, Las Vegas, and airbags. Inexplicably, the Japanese boss is voiced as a supremely cheesy 70s blaxpoitation pimp...really!... Some might find this comical, but it in essence made the dialogue spoof-like. The actual subtitled dialogue is actually all serious and coherent. But dont let the dubbing issue keep you from adding this video to your collection. Phase out the laffable dialogue, and follow the subtitles instead and you are in for a real treat. If you like first-rate Shaolin figting and ninja culture, this video is a true winner."
3.5 STARS For Good Old Scool Kung Fu, But bad Editing!
rajo-ado | USA | 05/05/2001
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This is an old school Kung Fu Collecters but unfortunetly no effort has been put into making this old school flick look better.I have not seen Ground Zero Entertainment's version but AVOID! Lion Video's version it is so bad I only paid $7.99 for it and i still returned it because the screen would jump,picture brake up,bad Editing ,and it looked like it was copied from a copied VHS. The sound sucks,no widescreen, and only in English dubbed. I can make a better DVD without trying just give me the tools . I'd rather pay $20 for a good version than Lion's version for FREE! We didn't buy a DVD to watch VHS quallity movies, DVD distributers hear me out! Anyway enjoy Shaolin vs Ninja and try to focous on the Kung Fu so you can forget how bad the quality is."
Japan v. China
Erik James | Orono, Me USA | 08/09/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The shaolin monks and the japanese ninjas are intwined in a confusing mystery of murder. While trying to figure out the culprate, a question of power and ability comes into play. The Ninja's believe that their martial arts is far superior to that of the monks. A tournament is set up between the two parties involving 7 fights each groups best fighters going head to head. As the two show off there weapons, and styles and shapes, the real murderer is suddenly brought into the open. Now the two groups must drop everything and deal with the evil power. another great martial monk film."
Horrid English dubs, poor quality...
Erik James | 01/12/2003
(2 out of 5 stars)
"I collect martial arts films on DVD. This one is a bomb and a half. The dubbed voices don't even match the actors and they're so bad you can't stay interested in the movie. The movie cuts out to blackness quite a few times, which is really annoying. The picture fades from color overkill to hardly any at all. I bought the Lion Video version. I have other Lion DVD's that are great, but this one shouldn't have been put out like it is."