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Five Shaolin Masters [DVD] [2011] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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Product details

  • Format: Colour, Dolby, Dubbed, DVD-Video, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: Mandarin Chinese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Arc Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 9 Aug 2011
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00518HBAI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,270 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Man, oh man, this is one fantastic martial arts film. If Five Shaolin Masters doesn't have it all, it certainly does come close. Not only do you have numerous well-choreographed fight scenes involving groups as well as individuals, you've got a whole buffet of fighting styles served up for your viewing pleasure. Speaking of viewing pleasure, the print is fantastic. I can't speak for the DVD specifically, but the print that I saw was in vivid, glorious widescreen, looking more like a modern-day Hong Kong release than a film dating back to 1974.

As the film opens, the Shaolin Temple has just been destroyed by imperial Manchu forces. Thanks to a traitorous spy among the Shaolin disciples, the bad guys were able to take the Temple by complete surprise, killing all but five of its members. After fighting their way to safety, the survivors head off separately to make contact with other rebels. The Manchu are never far behind, as they are determined to stamp out all the rebels once and for all. Numerous fights ensue along the way, leaving the five Shaolin disciples alive but unsure of themselves, having learned that they are no match for the kung fu fighters of the Manchu. Having encountered their enemies (including the traitor that betrayed the Temple) face to face, though, they are now aware of their enemies' strengths and weaknesses. Proving that knowledge is power, each of them begins intensive training in the particular fighting style he thinks he will need in order to defeat his adversary. That, of course, sets the stage for one hell of a battle in the film's final 15-20 minutes.

I'm no martial arts film expert, but my understanding is that the great writer/director Chang Cheh brought together two generations of top-notch martial artists for this film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five get mad at Manchus 17 Aug 2013
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Disciples fleeing a burning shaolin temple (see my review of Shaolin Temple) are chased down and slaughtered by the ruthless Manchu. The Manchu hunt and kill all Shaolin sympathisers they find, but five highly skilled fighters just manage to make it to safety by the skin of their teeth. They find sanctuary in different places and begin to rally more supporters of the Shaolin teachings. With these clandestine rallies a success, they then regroup and attempt to smash the Manchu...

With an amazing cast of martial arts athletes and pretty much non~stop, tough kung fu action, viewers certainly get their money's worth here. Cheh Chang directs and Lau Kar Leung provides the prolific fight action. There's next to no budget, which no one in their right mind would care about, because it doesn't need one! The plot although very basic is a tried and tested formula of vengeance in which our fives heroes are not good enough to beat the five Manchu experts, until they go away and retrain. Which allows them sufficient time to get better and return to beat up everyone on the Manchu's Christmas card list!!

The bad guys really kick arse too in this though, With Fung Hark On, Ka Yan Leung (Thundering Mantis) and Luis Suarez (Tsai Hung), with a deadly whirling vorpal blade!! Ti Lung goes up against that guy. Fu Sheng inevitably gets Wei Lung Wang (reprising his dastardly role as Manchu traitor Ma Fu Yi from Shaolin Temple), and David Chiang gets the coolest weapon in the mix, when he takes up a shaolin chain whip.
In the end the heroes don't get it all their own way, so rest assured there's a few slow~motion dying fly moments, which when added to the bloody showdowns, just qualifies this films late night movie madness credentials even further!
The score is very memorable too.
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1.0 out of 5 stars not happy 12 Jun 2014
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didn't work at all. it din't work in the dvd player. not happy at all. Do not to buy this product.
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As I'm not a film critic I'll not pretend to be one. I enjoy martial art choreography and a credible story. This has it. The English voice overs are a little stilted. I prefer hearing the animated Chinese tongue with English subtitles to get the emotion.
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cheesier than stilton!! 5 Dec 2007
Im not sure what the previous reviewer was smoking when watchin this film or if he was trying to be sarcastic, but i can't see how you would consider the choerography to be anything more than horrifically terrible and cheesy. Given the fact that the films over 30years old, it still doesnt constitute to the fact that the choreography should be this bad as everything is way too exaggerated even if someone gets a tap on the shoulder they'll be lunging themselves on the floor in what appears to be them looking constipated rather than anything else.

With martial arts films, the main prerogative usually focuses most effort on creating amazing fight scenes leaving people in ooh's and aahh's, distracting it from the poor structure of narrative and acting. In this circumstance, i get the impression that it's not attempting to do either, especially with the storyline being as stale as a loaf of bread if made the same time as the film and still hanging around ones kitchen. The dialogue is awful and uninspirational with most of it being dubbed even in the original version and all of it being way out of sync making it laughable.

And also leaving the impression that they forgot to use a boom half the time they were shooting scenes. The motion effects in the film are bad and terribly noticeable as used in almost all of their fighting scenes. All of these elements make this film what it is and that its..........Brilliant. Its what makes this film so watchable and lung burstingly hilarious. One other positive to come from this film is that some of the martial arts techniques are very well thought up, to name one would be the ponytail attack which i thought was hilarious.
I have always been a massive fan of martial arts, so i would recommend this only on the basis for pure comical value and nothing else. These films are always good watching with a takeaway i thought i might add lol.
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