DVD Review - Shaolin (2011)

Shaolin (Xin shao lin si), 2011.

Directed by Benny Chan.

Starring Andy Lau, Nicholas Tse, Jackie Chan, Fan Bingbing, Xin Xin Xiong, Yu Xing, Jacky Wu, Hai Yu and Xiaohong Shi.


A brutal warlord is double crossed by his deputy and seeks refuge among the peace-loving monks at the fabled Shaolin Temple. When his enemies discover his location, the former warlord must stand with his new brothers to protect the Temple and complete his redemption…

Glancing briefly at the cover for Benny Chan’s Shaolin - a loose remake of Jet Li’s 1982 feature film debut, Shaolin Temple – I rather hastily made two presumptions, both of which proved to be inaccurate. The first was that Shaolin was the latest in a seemingly never-ending line of ‘historical martial arts epics’ set the in period of the Three Kingdoms and secondly, that the ‘special appearance’ by martial arts superstar Jackie Chan would
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