Shaolin (2011)

Directed By – Benny Chan

Screenplay By – Alan Yuen

Cinematography By – Anthony Pun

Starring Andy Lau

131 min.

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

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