Shaolin

Monday, September 26 th, 2016 at 00:09 am 

Shaolin

JOY REVIEW

Shaolin is a Chinese film that’s subtitled. It runs 131 minutes and you’d think wow, that’s a really long movie, but it really moves fast. Feuding warlords are trying to expand their power and the monks of the Shaolin temple clean up the mess left behind, which is I guess what monks have always done.  General Hou, who’s played by the great Andy Lau, is one of the more ferocious warlords. He’s violent and he’s ruthless and he’s betrayed by his fellow General Cao Man  who is sexy and slouchy and played by Nicholas Tse, who is also in Shaolin Soccer. So okay, General Hou has to now go into hiding. And guess who he goes into hiding with — yeah, the monks. At which point he bumps into Jackie Chan, who does this whole movie in Chinese. He plays a cook and he’s adorable. So the idea is this is a movie about redemption and violence and all sorts of things. The battle sequences are terrific. The monks practicing kung fu are terrific. I really loved them performing martial arts om unison, I thought this was really a terrific movie. So I would give it four and a half stars.

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