Shaolin Temple Against Lama Hong Kong
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Rating:3.5 (3 votes)
Date Added:2010-06-03
Genre:Action & Adventure
Tags: Buddhism drama

Summary: The world of multi-media is saturated with DVD boxes that boast "non-stop action!" Rarely is that even close to true. The longest space between fight scenes in this MIGHT be as much as 5 minutes! That's about as close as you're ever gonna get.

The prince with no name (Alexander Lo Rei, "Shaolin VS Lama") is the heir to the throne of Emperor Hok Sau, and goes to train in kung fu with the Red Faction, a group of Tibetan Lamas. Chou Siu (Alan Chui, "7 Grandmasters"), the leader of another group of martial artists known as the Black Faction, plots to take over China by forcing all factions to join him. The Lamas want nothing to do with this union, nor does the temple of Shaolin. As the prince is returning home, Chou Siu sends loads of assassins after him, informing him later that it was Shaolin that wanted him dead.

The plot seems overwhelming at times but it's fairly easy to follow. One of the problems in movies with so many fights and characters is that it's hard to figure out who is fighting who and why. I didn't really find that to be too much of an issue here. The only thing that I didn't like about the fights is the use of undercranking. Thank goodness it's only noticeable a handful of times, mostly in the beginning. Even when they are sped-up, they're still impressive. Everyone in this film is a good acrobat with decent fighting skills. One of the coolest cats in this flick is Tin Sing, who plays Chou Siu's main henchman, and sports a skull headband. I saw one just like it at the county fair last summer, right next to the Def Leppard mirrors.

The DVD from Red Sun is English-dubbed only, and the picture quality is not remastered, but very good. The widescreen presentation is a nice treat too. Though once again we are cheated out of a chapter selection! Far from the best of the best in old school kung fu, it has MORE than enough terrific fights for me to recommend. Lots of hand-to-hand, one-on-one, weapons, styles... the works.

1980. aka: Shaolin Against Lama; Shaolin Temple Vs Lama