daniel | las vegas nv | 09/21/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I wasn't sure what to expect when i bought this movie but i surprised i picked up a classic movie filled with awesome fight
scenes great choerography wicked flipping and the ending fight scene is a showstopper the picture is very good for a old movie
and sound is great no complaints at all so pick this movie up
you will be thanking me later trust me i know good kung fu movies
i have been watching them for over 15 years know."
Standard revenge movie
David Koski | San Jose, CA United States | 03/18/2002
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This is a pretty standard kung fu movie. The plot is your basic political intrigue mixed with monks and fighting. Nothing special there, and it isn't particularly well delivered to boot. There are a lot of holes and inconsistencies in this movie.The action is good, but not great. The wire work was not obvious, nor was there a great deal of undercranking. The stunts and action were frequent and well done, just nothing to write home about.This movie is wide screen anamorphic, but the video quality is not great. I guess it is as good or better than what I would expect from this period (mid 80's). The dubbing is decent, but maybe not enough crazy voices for my liking.It was pretty easy to tell the good guys from the bad - the bad ones all wear funny hats with 2 foot raccoon tails hanging from either side. The good guys were mostly monks in white, blue, or orange. At least it was easy to follow.The only memorable scene from the movie is the kung fu bartending done by the crazy old monk in the cave.Overall a good movie, but you can do better."
Decent Older Style Chop-Sockey
peplinski | Chicago, il USA | 08/21/2001
(2 out of 5 stars)
"This movies fight scenes are done in a common older form of choreography. Instead of a constant stream of punches and blocks, each attack is performed and then a pause occurs before the next attack begins. The Jackie Chan sequence of punches and kicks could be described as being 123456. This movie could be described more as 1-2-3-4-5-6. However the non-fighting action scenes are tremendous at times, watch for the drunken shaolin monk. The shots are long and drawn out, not a lot of jumping and cutting going on in this film, so at least the actors knew what they were doing when it came to the action. The wire work was very subtle for this film, which is a nice change from the more typically wire-heavy genre of the time.The plot is there, although it had some jumps that were completely odd and out of place. The characterization is the most frustrating thing, you could hardly tell what type of person the main character was, he went from stalwart hero to blustering overconfident youth, to whiny wimp, etc. Even for a film like this, you didn't get much of a sense of the character.Overall the action was fine, with a few outstanding moments, and the soft elements (plot, storyline, characterization, etc) were good enough for this genre of film."
This is a great Shaolin Movie!!
greg_rodgers | Boston, MA | 03/27/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Drunken Monks, Shaolin mixed up in a war plot, an underlying love story that results in mayhem. This movie has a plot, which some said is not existent, and great training and fight sequences. If you want to see a quality kung fu movie then this is one of them. Watch the 13 pole fighters of shaolin and the abott kick some manchu hind section. This movie is a must see!!"