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China's last imperial Dynasty has fallen and a ruthless warlord (Andy Lau, House of the Flying Daggers) amasses a vast fortune through the violent subjugation of his people. Faced with a brutal betrayal, he runs for his life, seeking redemption in the fabled Shaolin Temple. When his enemies discover his location, he must stand with his new brothers and fight his life s greatest battle. With breathtaking action from the martial arts director of The Transporter 1&2 and an all-star cast of Kung Fu superstars including legendary Jackie Chan, Shaolin sets a new benchmark for Asian Action Cinema!
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 27
- Fresh: 20
- Rotten: 7
- Average Rating: 6.2/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: "Shaolin" fits in the more somber kung-fu tradition. But it also finds room for the genre's comic strain.
Fresh: Well-mounted Chinese-Hong Kong martial-arts co-production Shaolin elevates enlightenment above brute strength, but weak helming undercuts the pic's punch.
Fresh: The kung fu itself is great fun to watch, from the discipline of balancing on one foot on a wooden pillar, the other in the air, for hours at a time to the confrontations that send fist and feet flying.
Rotten: A well-mounted but soft-edged reinterpretation of a martial arts classic that gives precedence to drama over action.
There are subtitles
I'm not sure why people are saying there are no subtitles. There are. You have to turn it on. Press that bubble like button in the control bar when the moving is playing. And click subtitle english.
Engaging and Compassionate
This movie had a great story line that makes you really hope for the underdog. As the movie went on I found myself being more pulled in with every second. The fight scenes are great with really well choreographed moves. I also found it amazing how well they were able to incorporate compassion in combination with some pretty brutal fighting. On a side note I saw one review that said there were no English subtitles, this is not true. To activate the English subtitles there is a selection on the play controls, that looks like a comic book dialogue box.
Great movie - just turn on the subtitles
Most folks already covered the movie itself. It is a great story with wonderful characters. I mainly wished to let everyone know that you have to turn on the English subtitles using the control panel that pops up when you play the movie (it looks like a comic book dialogue bubble). Once you turn it on you're good to go! I just hope the folks that bought the movie figure this out.
- Genre: Action & Adventure
- Released: 2011
- © 2011 Emperor Classic Films Company Limited All Rights Reserved