Directed By – Benny Chan
Screenplay By – Alan Yuen
Cinematography By – Anthony Pun
Starring Andy Lau
Compared to the rough look of the Kung Fu movies for the 70s and 80s and even into the 90s, Shaolin is a very fine tuned film. It is also very character driven more so than most that I’ve watched during this seasons Kung Fu February. That’s not to say Shaolin isn’t a good film, it did take a some time for me to get into it but by the end I find myself very engrossed in the film. The climax of the movie gets a bit ridiculous and losses some of the steam it works so hard in developing but for the most part Shaolin is a very good addition into the kung fu film cannon. Jackie Chan also plays a minor character and is just perfect, not stealing the show per se, but doing an incredible job with what he’s given and adds a much needed quality of frivolity to this movie.
I’d recommend this to anyone celebrating this beloved holiday of ours.
God Bless America