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This Trailer For SHAOLIN Looks Fun!

Nordling here.

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.

Nordling, out.


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  • Aug. 8, 2011, 8:48 p.m. CST

    ha ha he didn't finish watching/pay attention



  • Aug. 8, 2011, 8:48 p.m. CST

    or he didn't even watch. 'sounds intense' by the description


  • Aug. 8, 2011, 8:51 p.m. CST


    by Mars


  • ...and these days, when I watch Jackie Chan 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

    not Jackie's native dialect

    by wichsenstar13

    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

    I've seen it

    by BillEmic

    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

    bobo don't read

    by Sicuv Uyall

    90% of that trailer was action. Go back to sleep, ADD boy.

  • Aug. 9, 2011, 12:13 a.m. CST

    Oh look, Avatar and Dances With Wolves for the Eastern world...

    by Angry_Charlie

    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

    I've seen it

    by Clio

    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'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

    I saw it too

    by Longtime Lurker

    In Batman Begins, back in '05 :)

  • Aug. 9, 2011, 2:24 a.m. CST

    Yeah I saw this too here in OZ back in feb...

    by Anklavepak

    ... 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

    I saw this film in january in Hong Kong

    by obsequiousmelon

    and this is my review 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

    This trailer > That half-assed Batman Vs Mini-Bane video

    by CuervoJones

  • Aug. 9, 2011, 6:47 a.m. CST

    Is it General Hao or General Hou?

    by KilliK

    otherwise the plot summary of the film doesnt make any sense.

  • Aug. 9, 2011, 6:47 a.m. CST

    And the movie sounds like a remake of that

    by KilliK

    Shaolin Temple movie with Jet Li which i think it was also his first movie.

  • Aug. 9, 2011, 6:50 a.m. CST

    or maybe both, General Hou Hao

    by KilliK

  • Aug. 9, 2011, 8:14 a.m. CST

    I luv me a good karate flick...

    by Norman Colson

    Is this on netflix...? it looks good.

  • Aug. 9, 2011, 8:22 a.m. CST

    The trailer shows almost everything...

    by Simon Butler

    The film's ok, not great if you're looking for martial arts action.

  • 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.

  • 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

    It releases September 9th EVERYWHERE...

    by VarianceMFFilms

    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

    Shaolin WAS fun!

    by Stalkeye

    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

    Saw this...

    by Atropos

    ...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

    Atropos re: Let The Bullets Fly

    by VarianceMFFilms

    Then you'll be happy to know that we're bringing LET THE BULLETS FLY to theaters, uncut, in February!

  • Aug. 9, 2011, 9:42 p.m. CST

    this came out years ago, no??! bit confused right now

    by Waka_Flocka

  • Aug. 10, 2011, 1:30 a.m. CST


    by VarianceMFFilms

    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

    I absolutely LOVE Adny Lau

    by CimmerianWarrior

    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

    I wrote a huge post about this movie

    by CimmerianWarrior

    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.