Shaolin 2011

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(42) IMDb 6.9/10
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In this tale of feuding warlords in China arrogant Hao Jie sneers at Shaolin's masters when he beats one of them in a duel. But when Hao's family is wiped out by a rival warlord he's forced to take refuge at Shaolin. Then Hao and the Shaolin masters take a stand against the evil warlords.

Starring:
Jacky Wu, Andy Lau
Runtime:
2 hours 6 minutes

Shaolin

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Product Details

Genres Action & Adventure, International
Director Benny Chan
Starring Jacky Wu, Andy Lau
Supporting actors Nicholas Tse, Bingbing Fan, Jackie Chan
Studio The Movie Partnership
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 8 Jun 2011
Format: DVD
Shaolin is one of those films you will want to watch again and again. A stellar cast which gels ever so well is accompanied by a great script and beautiful music score.
The film itself is pretty much about how one mans greed impacts and has a disastrous effect on his family and ultimately this is a tale of his rebirth.
Andy Lau plays Hao Jie and he beats his rivals who in turn take their revenge by wiping out his family.
Hao Jie (Lau) is arrogant and sneers at the shaolin monks compassion and humanity but when the tables are turned on him, those same monks now stand between Hao and his rivals.
Shaolin is led by the talented Andy Lau, Wu Jing, Jacky Chan and Nicholas Tse and several other notable actors, but its their interactions which gives this film life and the actions sequences are frequent, direct and very well filmed and thank god all the cast are vastly experienced in action.
On a personal note i loved this film and found it emotive and its one not to be missed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Freespirit TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 7 May 2014
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This is an excellent film. It is beautifully shot, the storyline is engrossing, the acting is excellent and the appearance of Jackie Chan provides some appropriate humour which does nto detract from the film. The fact that it is subtitled means that you get the 'gist' of how the film is moving along without the awful dubbing that you see with other films. The story is basically about one man's journey to 'find himself'. Having been a general in the Chinese army he is all for war and killing - including Shaolin monks. After the death of his daughter for which he blames himself, he asks to join the Shoalin Monks and becomes a very different type of man. For more of the sotry, watch the film. There are no boring bits and it is a really uplifting movie. Excellent and definitely on par with Mongol!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Elluca on 28 Aug 2013
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A brilliant and beautifully woven story. Some of the scenes in this movie were hauntingly poignant. Intense, emotional, powerful - all of this impacted by some fantastically choreographed fights. Absolutely worth a watch.
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Well I'm a kung fu fan - I've seen them all. One armed boxer, Snake in the Eagle's shadow, Druken Master and many more but wow this film is in a different league. Anything with Shaolin monks in is normally pretty good to be fair... but this film is ..... amazing. Yes it has sub titles - but that did not spoil the enjoyment. Guns vs kung fu I thought it was a no brainer but this film is realistic and moved me through many emotions. The kung fu in this film is great, moving and even the kids kung fu is ...... amazing. I like to think I'm a film buffin and the amount of film i've seen I'm not moved easily. Jackie chan is in this film - not a fan of all his films but he is really good in this film. Nice to see him back too his roots...and being less comical. Be patient as the story builds slowly ( takes about 15 minutes to get into) but plenty of action.

I've always thought kung fu films with guns in is a waste of time and thought that about this film in the first 15 minutes...and then it became clear to see this is a movie, directed by a genius. The acting is amazing and it is a movie I will buy on dvd to keep.

Ok enough about me rabbling on ...... be patient and focused when watching this movie and you will see what I saw... a five star movie that deserves your review.
P.S i'm a woman who grew up on kung fu as a kid (dad forced it on me as the whole family used to watch kung fu videos on a Friday night, so it grew on me) so don't let that phase you.... but after watching this film, you'll agree, I'm no ordinary woman to appreciate a film like this. I'm still rabbling...lol
Final words - JUST WATCH IT!
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Good grief, I didn't expect this film to be as good as it was. I really didn't. I was laughing, I was crying, and I was amazed. My one complaint is the amount of flooded lungs - everyone seems to be dribbling blood even when they were injured nowhere near their chests - but that really was my only complaint.
The martial arts are amazing, the story is brilliant, and the setting is beautiful. Lots of martial arts masters involved in the casting which made the movements more authentic, and more impressive - though a few have clearly been aided by special effects, because people can't really fly like that.
Nowhere near as cheesy or overdone as a lot of martial arts movies I've seen, highly recommended!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Zaroff on 15 Oct 2013
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The scale of the film Shaolin, the accessible score, the occasional comedic elements all convey a film that would be superior flick to discover on a sunday afternoon. However, the violence is punchy, immediate & often brutal. Some of the scenes i would say linger just a shade longer than is necessary for the audience to grasp how harsh this world was. Saying this though, the martial arts married to the philosophical shaolin,zen, buddhistic elements are thorough and constant.

So a religious epic that sports many action scenes that portray the wonders, the mastery of the self, that is martial art. With bloodshed. And horses, lots of horses, and way too many guns. The BBFC in the uk has seen fit to remove scenes of the horses falling, in one scene if you look away for a tad too long you might wonder how the horserider ended up on the floor, and hey, where is his horse?

Aside from the taming down of possible animal misuse, which doesnt really harm the whole film but does seem obvious when it happens, the humans here are seeking peace and enlightenment or just going about their business, only to be brutally attacked & double-crossed at every turn. Much of it reminded me of The Godfather to begin with, then a number of chinese epics, some of the better kung-fu of late,and ultimately a more accessible religious flavour than Passion of the Christ which went into the land of gory horror.

The overall impact of a two hour film that is never dull & always interesting is becoming a rarity. It never really over plays its dramatic hand, if you don't mind soaring emotions of an asian suddenness. Action that plays with solid shaolin directness & the idiocy that is mankinds delight in war will show a contrast in the tranquility that is shattered.
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