If you’re looking for a recommendation, I would probably not recommend Benny Chan’s “Shaolin”. It has its decent parts, but there are some incredibly cringe-inducing moments throughout. The martial arts action is fine, but not overly outstanding. But since there’s so few chances to see big-time Hong Kong action movies on the big screen in the States, it might be worth it just for that. In any case, Variance Films and Well Go USA have now released an official U.S. trailer for the film. Check it out below. (You can also read my full review of the film if you’re so inclined.)
As feuding warlords fight to expand their power, the noble monks of the Shaolin Temple clean up the mess left behind, tending to the injured while trying their best to protect the poor and weak. General Hou (Andy Lau, WARLORDS, HOUSE OF FLYING DAGGERS) has caused much of this mess with his violent and ruthless tactics that rarely discriminate between soldiers and civilians. When Hao is betrayed by fellow general Cao Man (Nicholas Tse, THE PROMISE, SHAOLIN SOCCER), he is forced into hiding, and takes refuge with the monks (including Jackie Chan) at their hidden mountain temple. As the days pass, he finds himself more and more at ease as he learns the ways of peace, and begins to release his hatred through Martial Zen. But Cao is not far behind, and war soon reaches the temple, where the monks are ready to fight back- with their unstoppable Shaolin Kung Fu.
Starring Andy Lau, Nicholas Tse, Fan Bingbing, Jackie Chan, Wu Jing and directed by Benny Chan.
Look for it in limited release September 9th, 2011.
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