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Five Shaolin Masters (2011)

David Chiang , Ti Lung , Chang Cheh  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: David Chiang, Ti Lung, Alexander Fu Sheng, Chi Kuan Chun, Meng Fei
  • Directors: Chang Cheh
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: Mandarin Chinese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Arc Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 9, 2011
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00518HBAI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,624 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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With the destruction of the Shaolin Temple, (5) students must each learn Shaolin techniques in order to defeat their Ching advisories. But there's a traitor amongst them, but who is it ?

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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
Man, oh man, this is one fantastic martial arts film. If Five Shaolin Masters doesn't have it all, it certainly does come close. Not only do you have numerous well-choreographed fight scenes involving groups as well as individuals, you've got a whole buffet of fighting styles served up for your viewing pleasure. Speaking of viewing pleasure, the print is fantastic. I can't speak for the DVD specifically, but the print that I saw was in vivid, glorious widescreen, looking more like a modern-day Hong Kong release than a film dating back to 1974.

As the film opens, the Shaolin Temple has just been destroyed by imperial Manchu forces. Thanks to a traitorous spy among the Shaolin disciples, the bad guys were able to take the Temple by complete surprise, killing all but five of its members. After fighting their way to safety, the survivors head off separately to make contact with other rebels. The Manchu are never far behind, as they are determined to stamp out all the rebels once and for all. Numerous fights ensue along the way, leaving the five Shaolin disciples alive but unsure of themselves, having learned that they are no match for the kung fu fighters of the Manchu. Having encountered their enemies (including the traitor that betrayed the Temple) face to face, though, they are now aware of their enemies' strengths and weaknesses. Proving that knowledge is power, each of them begins intensive training in the particular fighting style he thinks he will need in order to defeat his adversary. That, of course, sets the stage for one hell of a battle in the film's final 15-20 minutes.

I'm no martial arts film expert, but my understanding is that the great writer/director Chang Cheh brought together two generations of top-notch martial artists for this film.
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must-Have for Any Collector or True Fan October 10, 2011
Format:DVD
I collect old-school kung fu movies, and no doubt - I count Five Shaolin Masters among the top 10 movies to have; right up there with Master Killer and Five Deadly Venoms. Here's the catch though, a lot of people do not know that this movie actually has a pre-1uel, which was completed, I think, 4 years AFTER it: Shaolin Temple A.K.A. Death Chambers. All of the main actors are in both except Meng Fei - I keep reading that Meng Fei is in Shaolin Temple, but I can never spot him. If he is there, he has a very small part. David Chiang, Fu Sheng, Ti Lung (one of my favorites) and Chin Kuan-Chun (another all-time favorite of mine) are in both - along with the usual cast of Shaw Brothers villains. I have both the original language and dubbed versions - both are good, but I always prefer the original language - although- even those do not have the actual actors' voices in them, either.

Like a lot of kung fu movies, this one is about revenge - But watch Shaolin Temple first, which chronicles their training and escape from the destroyed temple, in order to better understand what is happening in Five Shaolin Masters. This one has an excellent fight scene climax - actually five of them - going on simultaneously. You will love how Chin Kuan-Chun unleashes ALL of his Hung Ga styles on Fung Hak On's (one of my favorite villains) Mantis Fist.

You like old school kung fu? Then just go out and get this - BUT - do yourself a favor and get Shaolin Temple too - and have yourself a nice Kung Fu Theater weekend like we did in NYC back in the day.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A 1975 classic is seen the way it should be - almost March 23, 2008
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
The maestro Chang Cheh made this Shaolin versus Manchu classic "Five Shaolin Masters" in 1975 for his independent Chang Ho Film company (which was affiliated with Shaw Brothers). First, the movie itself is classic Chang Cheh, right down to his themes of brotherhood, patriotism and honor.

The Shaolin heroes are comprised of his "first team" ~ Ti Lung as Tsai Te-Chung, the late Fu Sheng as Ma Chao-Hsing, Chi Kuan-Chun as Li Shih-Kai, David Chiang as Hu Te-Ti & an odd choice in Meng Fei as Fang Ta-Hung. Odd because it's Meng's only appearance in a Chang Cheh film to my knowledge. Billy Tang & Gordon Liu both make cameos, I don't know why he didn't use one of them. Anyhoo, Chang rounds out the film with great "villains";(shown with their own music) Tsai Hung as Pao Yu-Lung, Liang Chia-Jen a.k.a. Beardie as Chien San, Feng Ko-An as Chiang Chin-Chiu, Chiang Tao as Chen Wen-Yao & Johnny Wang Lung-Wei as Ma Fu-Yi. The story is simple; Manchus attack and destroy Shaolin with the help of a spy (explained in the prologue), each Shaolin hero gets matched up with their Manchu adversary, the heroes get beaten, they regroup, spend a year brushing up on their fu in the Shaolin ruins and have a 15 minute finale with our "improved" heroes taking on their Manchu enemies. However, Chang Cheh executes the narrative like no other. The Liu brothers, one of whom makes a cameo, deliver the goods in the choreography department, especially the end fight between Chi Kuan-Chun using the Cross Fist style against Feng Ko-An's Mantis Fist & Eagle Claw styles. Awesome stuff here and great stock music.

Now for the DVD; digitally restored & remastered blemish-free print. Widescreen, uncut, and it includes the original Chinese/English credits. One complaint though.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars I like the movie but didn't love it
With all the new Kung Fu movies I wanted to be fair about the movie overall. I believe that this movie was done in the 70's or 80's. That means no wires or computer fx. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Parchment Purveyor
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good product and service.
Published 2 months ago by Ralph Vines
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie love it
Published 2 months ago by kevin simmons
5.0 out of 5 stars very pleased with the seller and the item
Item arrived on time and as described, very pleased with the seller and the item.
Published 2 months ago by R. Yee
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
This is a classic one of them old time favorite, David Chiang one of my favorite Kung Fu actor ''''''
Published 4 months ago by Phantom
4.0 out of 5 stars great Movie
The Movie starts off slow but definitely picks up towards the middle of the movie. Definitely a collection. FYI... some sad spoilers towards the end.
Published 4 months ago by reginald gould
4.0 out of 5 stars love
i love this idea every one wants to know where i got the this movie love it love love love this
Published 7 months ago by rachel brundidge
2.0 out of 5 stars Its was just ok
It wasn't what I thought it was going to be. It was just drawn out and honestly I thought it was another movie.
Published 8 months ago by Rocky Young
3.0 out of 5 stars Average
This movie didn't really have anything special or that stood out unlike other martial arts films.

Standard plot and the fight scenes are average. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Matthew
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Stuff
OK by me, ONE OF THE BEST. UNBELIEVABLE, MUST READ you must judge for yourself, but I highly recommend it. one two three four five six seven eight. nine!!
Published 8 months ago by Fidel Montalvan
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