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5.0 out of 5 stars great!, 21 Oct 2013
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This review is from: Heroes of the East [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
I been looking for this movie sins I saw it as a kid on VHS back in the day. Great movie, great condition, great delivery time, I'm happy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Shaw Bros classic, 5 Jun 2012
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aka SHAOLIN CHALLENGES NINJA. Had this on VHS back in the late 80s and it was one of those films i just kept on watching.lots of great fights done with real skill and lots of different weapons used,Katana,Tai Chi sword,spear,Tonfa,Three section staff,Nunchaku,Sai and lots more.The fights are filmed with wide shots and few cuts(a Shaw Bros trademark) unlike modern films that think cut,cut,cut makes a good fight,Wrong!.Also this film is different from most 70s/80s kung fu films,in every fight no one is killed,its about who has the best martial skill in a one on one battle,very Buddhist,very Zen....very Soul Calibur! Great film,lots of extras,great DVD(note NTSC).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Shaolin kicks Ninja's butt!, 13 Sep 2010
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This review is from: Heroes of the East [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
I won't labour over the same ground I did in my IMDB review of this brilliant movie, but suffice it to say that it contains some of the best pure kung-fu action sequences ever committed to film - and all without the aid of wires or other special effects. It's simply the extraordinary skills of Liu Chia Hui (Gordon Liu to all you KILL BILL fans) that carry the entire weight of the battle-scenes.

While some have seen this as having an anti-Japanese bias, I would argue that the movie simply takes the position that martial arts originated in China and that Chinese kung fu is layered, complex and subtle where other systems have taken merely some of the elements of kung fu for their own systems, but by no means all. Is one better than the other? That will always be a matter of opinion.

But I urge you to take the opportunity to watch these masters of their craft putting the question to the test ...
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