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Martial Arts of Shaolin

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Jet Li weasels out of the north Shaolin temple to assassinate a despotic ruler at the ruler's extravagant public birthday celebration. Two other men from the south Shaolin temple also set out to assassinate the ruler, but all three fail and are chased all over by soldiers. Meanwhile, one of the southerners turns out to be a cross-dressed woman, who is also discovered to wear a footbell to match Jet Li's, meaning they are somehow slated for an arranged marriage.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Jet Li, Qingfu Pan, Hu Jian Qiang
  • Directors: Chia Liang Liu
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Arc Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 9, 2011
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00518HB94
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,921 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Dana C. Gustafson on February 18, 2002
Format: DVD
AKA Shaolin Temple 3, this movie is a decent display of Jet Li's kung fu prowess. If the version being offered is by Telefilms International / Beverly Wilshire Filmworks - buyer beware! The film is NOT widescreen (as it says it is), and the subtitles are cut off by the formatting. If you are a Jet Li fan like me, you will enjoy the action sequences, though they are sparse. Creative stances and good moves from Jet save them. I recommend this film to die-hard Jet fans ONLY - kung fu purists will be very disappointed. Jet Li picks up his role as the orphan raised by Shaolin, his sifu from the previous two films returns as well. If you like Jet, and like the series, go for it. Not Jet's best, not his worst, either. Picture and sound quality is poor. Directed by Lau Ka-leung.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 12, 2003
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It's surprising that more people like Shaolin Temple than Martial Arts of Shaolin, aka The North and South Shaolin. But from my point of view, this movie reflects the young Jet Li's best characteristics. Everyone acts so naturally and beautifully in the movie. There is no other Jet Li's movie which is of such a high spirit--intrinsically funny yet simple!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mantis on April 21, 2012
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Jet Li stars in one of director Lau Kar Leung's ("Heroes of the East") last films for Shaw Brothers studios. This film is the 3rd in Li's "Shaolin Temple" trilogy but the first of the lot produced with the Shaws' involvement. Neither of the films that followed the first are direct sequels but are similar in theme and personnel.

Jet plays Zhi Ming, a young monk whose parents' death at the hands of the cruel and ambitious Lord He Suo (Yue Sing Wai, "Yellow River Fighter") left him orphaned at the North Shaolin temple since infancy. Despite plotting eventual revenge and being a bit mischievous he is a dedicated, caring and compassionate student. However, upon hearing of a celebration in honor of the tyrant, Li decides it's time to settle the score. Meanwhile, a young woman named Sima Yan (Wong Chau Yin, "Kids From Shaolin") will try and lead her own sneak-attack on the fascist oppressor with the help of her band of secular students from South Shaolin.

In the early '80s, the Shaws' studio still operated in Hong Kong but their target audience of fu-lovin' action-junkies began to move away from traditional flicks toward the new innovative filming and choreography style of old-school veterans like Sammo Hung and Jackie Chan, utilizing more contemporary settings. Delegated to "relic" status, the Shaws continued to try and keep the homefires burning, with waning success. At the same time, the old-school style was increasing in popularity on the mainland as the National Wushu team began making films starring their more advanced students. While these pupils were not trained actors, they were incredibly talented martial artists whose energy and athleticism more than made up for their lack of thespian chops.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Leonard N. Craft on October 26, 2011
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I am an avid collector of Jet Li movies. I own all Jets martial art movies that he plays a major role in (not just like a 10 minute cameo)I owned the beverly wilshire version of the movie which has horrible picture and some of the subtitles are cut off, yet I still enjoyed the movie. Finally dragon dynasty has released this movie with wonderful picture and removable subtitles which make this movie even better. The action in this movie is incredible with fight scenes with like fifty guys. Even though the shaolin temple movies are Jets oldest movies they are some of his best. (Shaolin temple one and two were Jets first two movies and martial arts of shaolin was his 4th movie following born to defence) Make sure you buy the dragon dynasty version if you get this movie
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Vitaliy Rudnytskiy on August 23, 2007
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I was greatly disappointed, because the movie that I got recorded on the DVD was completely different then "The Martial Arts of Shaolin" although title printed on the box and disk itself was correct. I returned first DVD and got another one. But again it was wrong movie. This way I haven't finally got the movie that I wanted to buy at all :(
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 18, 2003
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This is the best one out of all them, in the series. I'd give this 5 stars but the reason is that you can barely see the subtitles. But its a must see movie, i sorta understood anyway even though i could barely see the subtitles.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By H. Bala TOP 500 REVIEWER on August 27, 2011
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MARTIAL ARTS OF SHAOLIN (SHAOLIN TEMPLE 3) isn't the best of the lot, but it's got celebrated director Liu Chia Liang (a.k.a. Lau Kar-Leung) helming the thing, and a young Jet Li in front of the camera, so you can't exactly snub it. This film is a collaboration between the legendary Shaw Brothers studio - which in 1986 had run its course - and Mainland China's dynamic filmmaking sensibilities. Liu Chia Liang gets another crack at promoting the Shaolin monks, and he ably integrates his expertise of southern Shaolin kung fu with the prowess of Mainland China's foremost martial artists. I think it's worth eyeballing.

Why does young Zhi Ming (Jet Li), a pupil of a northern Shaolin temple, train so hard? Is it dedication to his craft? Yes, partly. But Zhi Ming also fosters a hidden agenda which comes to light when he learns of an impending event celebrating the vile governor Lord He Suo's birthday. It's always a trip watching these hotheaded protagonists in these Shaolin temple flicks studiously soak in the Buddha's peaceful philosophies only to see these lessons rapidly abandoned once a chance for a vengeful fighty fight surfaces. Years ago Lord He Suo murdered Zhi Ming's family. Now Zhi Ming sneaks out of the Shaolin monastery, his mind afire with grim thoughts of a reckoning. If nothing else, Lord He Suo deserves a painful and wretched death for his lame villain laugh alone.

During the festivities, our guy runs into Zhao Wei and Si Ma Yan, two martial artists but from a southern Shaolin temple and they happen to be likeminded would-be assassins of the depraved lord. But things go sour, the assassination attempt fails dismally, and Zhi Ming, Zhao Wei, and Si Ma Yan become fugitives. The rest of the film is essentially one long chase and fight sequence.
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