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Shaolin Kung Fu

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This documentary contains footage of some of the training methods of the Shaolin Monks, along with some of the more notably skilled Monks giving demonstrations of their great skill. It features Jet Li as a young boy, including some clips of Jet Li giving forms and weapons demonstrations.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Jet Li, Hongbo Chiao, Yafei Cui, Chin De, Shien De
  • Directors: Vincent Leung
  • Producers: Peiwei Zheng
  • Format: Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Tai Seng Video Marketing
  • DVD Release Date: September 26, 2000
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004W5W0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #302,573 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Shaolin Kung Fu" on IMDb

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 14, 2000
Format: DVD
This is not an action movie. This is a documentary about Martial Arts as practiced in the Shaolin temples. Many of the seemingly impossible moves are shown here without special effects. Some of the feats include, one finger handstand, breaking glass bottles with an open hand, withstanding kicks to the groin, pushing against the point of a spear with various parts of the body, having sticks broken across the throat, using the thigh as a cutting board and many more.
Jet Li shows up in this movie primarily as a commentator. He gives some of his personal history (The wushu tournaments) and philosophy (such as respect for elders). There are also some scenes from wushu tournaments in China, but the primary focus is on the training at the temple.
I can only give it 4/5 stars because the picture quality is not very good. But the content is great, just don't expect an action movie.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 19, 2001
Format: DVD
This is one of the best documentaries I've ever seen on martial arts, and particularly, on Shaolin Kung-Fu. This documentary contains footage of some of the training methods of the Shaolin Monks, along with some of the more notably skilled Monks giving demonstrations of their great skill. A few of the more interesting examples are demonstrations of the "iron egg" skill, where the practicioner trains the groin area to become invulnerable, chi kung demonstrations of Monks breaking spears with their necks, and some really awesome displays of internal energy mastery where a monk breaks bricks, bottles, stones, bowls, etc, sometimes using only two fingers! After watching this documentary, I couldn't help but be completely amazed at how skillful and dedicated the Shaolin Monks are, and this documentary offers a very good glimplse into the lifestyle and training that makes the Shaolin Temple so revered and respected in the martial arts world. I really enjoyed watching this documentary, and I'm sure that anyone with an interest in martial arts demonstrations will love it as well. In addition, this documentary also includes some clips of Jet Li giving forms and weapons demonstrations, as well as some of his training footage. All in all, a really great buy for the martial arts enthusiast!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Aerica on April 2, 2001
Format: DVD
Not a movie, but documetary at best. Don't expect acting or high picture quality, just REAL Shaolin Monks at best, showing 72 of thier most honarable techiniques.
Also features Li as a young boy, simply amazing. A must have for TRUE Kung-Fu fans.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "__jocelyn__" on August 24, 2000
Format: DVD
Great movie to appreciate the true art of Shaolin KungFu. Jet Li's kung fu is great and without tricks.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By "rushylon5" on August 26, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
Jet Li barely appears in this documentary, but to be honest it doesn't need Jet to get its point across. The Shaolin monks have been practicing their martial arts for centuries, and this is a small window into what they put into their art. Wonderful film....
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