This Trailer For SHAOLIN Looks Fun!
This trailer's been out a couple of weeks now, but I just saw it today, so give me a little slack. It looks like something right up my alley, with Andy Lau and Jackie Chan fighting to protect their Shaolin Temple from an evil general, and it looks like it delivers a ton of martial arts action. Here's the synopsis:
As feuding warlords fight to expand their power, the noble monks of the Shaolin Temple clean up the mess left behind, tending to the injured while trying their best to protect the poor and weak. General Hou (Andy Lau, WARLORDS, HOUSE OF FLYING DAGGERS) has caused much of this mess with his violent and ruthless tactics that rarely discriminate between soldiers and civilians.
When Hao is betrayed by fellow general Cao Man (Nicholas Tse, THE PROMISE, SHAOLIN SOCCER), he is forced into hiding, and takes refuge with the monks (including Jackie Chan) at their hidden mountain temple. As the days pass, he finds himself more and more at ease as he learns the ways of peace, and begins to release his hatred through Martial Zen. But Cao is not far behind, and war soon reaches the temple, where the monks are ready to fight back- with their unstoppable Shaolin Kung Fu.
Sounds intense. Here's the trailer:
I'm not sure when this opens in my area (the trailer says September 9th, but I don't think that's everywhere), but I'm always up for Jackie Chan in his native language.
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Aug. 8, 2011, 8:48 p.m. CST
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Aug. 8, 2011, 8:51 p.m. CST
Aug. 8, 2011, 10:16 p.m. CST
...and these days, when I watch Jackie Chan fight...it always looks like he's just playing patty cake with his stuntman friends. Sometimes patty cake with his hands....sometimes with tin foil wrapped around cardboard swords. <p> This trailer made me sleepy.
Aug. 8, 2011, 10:55 p.m. CST
Native language, maybe, but being a Hong Kong actor, his native dialect is Cantonese, so his Mandarin's a little off.
Aug. 8, 2011, 10:58 p.m. CST
It's pretty good. Not spectacular but good. Andy Lau and Nicholas Tse are the two main characters with the most screentime and neither one is a trained martial artist, so don't expecting the fighting to blow your mind and you'll enjoy the film.
Aug. 8, 2011, 11:40 p.m. CST
by Sicuv Uyall
90% of that trailer was action. Go back to sleep, ADD boy.
Aug. 9, 2011, 12:13 a.m. CST
Looks...alright - but frankly I don't really care. Fun and intense? Hell no. I don't think this is really going to bring anything new to the film world. And as billemic said, even the martial arts is weak. Pass with a capital 'meh'.
Aug. 9, 2011, 12:58 a.m. CST
Yep, saw this back in Feb. or March. It is not a chop socky movie, if that's what you are looking for. It has some MA, but that's not the focus. I considered it a good drama with a lot of intrigue and double-dealing. And yeah, Jackie Chan is not the center of attention...it's Andy Lau. I give this a thumbs up and would see it again...pretty good script and acting with some action interspersed throughout.
Aug. 9, 2011, 1:23 a.m. CST
by Longtime Lurker
In Batman Begins, back in '05 :)
Aug. 9, 2011, 2:24 a.m. CST
... It's fairly decent. Nothing spectacular but worth seeing if you're in to that sort of thing. Just came back from Apes on the other hand. What a friggin great movie!! and SPOILER... they did the whole missing space ship thing which I hoped!! More Apes!! MORE! NOOOOORRGH!!
Aug. 9, 2011, 2:45 a.m. CST
and this is my review http://filmstodatemysisterby.blogspot.com/2011/01/obsequiousmelon-has-seen-shaolin-buddha.html sent it in to Harry but I guess he doesn't want asian films reviewed too early before they come out in America.
Aug. 9, 2011, 4:07 a.m. CST
Aug. 9, 2011, 6:47 a.m. CST
otherwise the plot summary of the film doesnt make any sense.
Aug. 9, 2011, 6:47 a.m. CST
Shaolin Temple movie with Jet Li which i think it was also his first movie.
Aug. 9, 2011, 6:50 a.m. CST
Aug. 9, 2011, 8:14 a.m. CST
by Norman Colson
Is this on netflix...? it looks good.
Aug. 9, 2011, 8:22 a.m. CST
by Simon Butler
The film's ok, not great if you're looking for martial arts action.
Aug. 9, 2011, 9:26 a.m. CST
Dude looks like he's pushing hard to do some of that stuff these days. He used to make it look effortless and fun. He's got to be all kinds of broken down at this point.
Aug. 9, 2011, 11:02 a.m. CST
Only to see he's still doing his now tired brand of comedy kung fu. I was hoping for some serious ass-kicking by him in this film. Yeah I can see from what others have said he's not the lead but I still would have been satisfied with cameo, serious ass-kicking.
Aug. 9, 2011, 11:44 a.m. CST
We're hitting theaters in: NYC, LA, San Fran, San Diego, Austin, Dallas, Denver, Portland, Phoenix, and Honolulu on 9/9 (Portland on 9/16). AND the film will be available On Demand, in glorious HD if your cable company is worth their salt, the same day.
Aug. 9, 2011, 1:14 p.m. CST
It's not your typical chop socky film at all instead, a film that centers around betrayal and one's redemption. Chan only had a minor part but his role was good nonetheless. And frankly,I'd put this film over the majority of crappy films that has been released in the US this Year. Not to be missed.
Aug. 9, 2011, 1:50 p.m. CST
...on a plane to Asia. It was pretty good, but nowhere near as insane as the Chow Yun-Fat-starrer Let the Bullets Fly. That shit was insane.
Aug. 9, 2011, 2:37 p.m. CST
Then you'll be happy to know that we're bringing LET THE BULLETS FLY to theaters, uncut, in February!
Aug. 9, 2011, 7:53 p.m. CST
Aug. 9, 2011, 9:42 p.m. CST
Aug. 10, 2011, 1:30 a.m. CST
There was a SHAOLIN TEMPLE years ago. In Hong Kong, this film is called NEW SHAOLIN TEMPLE, but it's brand new, just came out in China this year.
Aug. 10, 2011, 5:10 a.m. CST
He is awesome. I love it whe he is in movies with great martial artists like Donnie Yen Sammo and Jackie. There are so many I cannot remember because their names are so foreign to me, and there are tons of them. All of them great! The martial arts movies of today that are filmed in the East are tremendous. Michelle Yeoh should be mandated to star in nothing but martial arts films until she retires. I have always loved Cinema, but with Donnie on the scene, My love is now of martial arts spectacles. If they add fantasy, then that's even better! Now if we could only talk to the Chinese and say "PLEASE PLEASE let the good guy live for once, just ONCE!!". And bring on Jee Jee Yanin!!!! Bring the asskickery!!!
Aug. 11, 2011, 10:39 p.m. CST
and now it is gone. I think that due to Andy Lau, Donnie Yen, and JeeJee Yanin, My new favorite Genre is martial arts movies and I don't think anything is close. I like Ray Park and Scott Adkins and of course Michael Jai White. This genre has elevated a lot over the years. I hope it becomes more mainstream in the US.
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