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Shaolin Rescuers (Shaw Brothers)

Shen Chan , Nan Chiang , Cheh Chang  |  NR |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Shen Chan, Nan Chiang, Sheng Chiang, Tat-wah Cho, Kuan-chung Ku
  • Directors: Cheh Chang
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: Mandarin Chinese, English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Funimation Prod
  • DVD Release Date: November 9, 2010
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0034KYF7C
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #288,071 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Shaolin Rescuers (Shaw Brothers)" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

The legendary Five Venoms come together once more under celebrated director Chang Cheh (The Five Venoms) in Shaolin Rescuers. This spirited 1979 tale of heroism and friendship unites two blue-collar workers against a corrupt priest and his temple-terrorizing minions. Lo Meng (Hard Boiled) stars as a tofu maker, and Kuo Chue (The Brave Archer series) plays his sparring partner, a waiter with a talent for turning anything he touches into a weapon. When they meet a put-upon mill worker and a wounded Shaolin disciple, the action builds to one of the most thrilling final battles in the Shaw Brothers’ canon: a masterfully executed five-on-five brawl that puts an over-the-top arsenal of weaponry in the lethal hands of the Venoms.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A venom must have! March 10, 2003
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This is a classic venoms tale of brotherhood and loyalty, what venoms films are all about, and if you're a true venom fan, this is a must have. Packed with great fighting scenes and one of the best ending fight scenes I have ever seen, this is a movie no kung fu fan should be without.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Shaw Brothers + Venoms = AWESOME March 19, 2011
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Shaolin Rescuers is not the best Shaw Brothers production with the Venoms, but it is still extremely entertaining and filled with high-energy fight scenes.

It is always a pleasure to see the familiar faces of the Venoms and see how each character and choreography plays to their strengths. This one includes more comedic bits between the charismatic Lo Meng and Phillip Kwok as two food service industry workers (tofu maker and waiter, respectively) who use their environment to practice and learn kung-fu; it is a sheer thrill just to see Phillip Kwok use rice bowls and chopsticks as weapons. Lu Feng here plays the dapper villain -- no surprise; Sun Chien shows off his amazing leg work, and the always likable Chiang Sheng displays his acrobatic prowess, especially when using two edged weapons.

The plot revolves around Lo Meng and Phillip Kwok slowly grinding out a living while harboring ambitions of making a name for themselves somehow; until that moment they practice their kung-fu in secret. When Pai Mei and his Wu-Tang clan start killing off the followers of Shaolin, and a fleeing survivor crosses paths with Lo Meng and Phillip Kwok, their chance to fulfill their destinies comes into focus. With the aid of Sun Chien, a student of kung-fu adept at fighting on raised wooden poles, and Chiang Sheng, the two use their abilities to aid the fleeing survivor.

At times ridiculous and goofy -- Phillip Kwok often mugs it up with his finger up his nose -- and at other times exciting and thoughtful, this movie is certainly a must for fans of these actors, martial arts enthusiasts and Shaw Brothers completists.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Old school Venoms action, but not at their peak. December 12, 2001
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This DVD has all of your Shaw Bros favortie actors, they gathered everyone for this battle! The final battle has about a dozen fighters-- none of which are the lowly henchmen type, its a full on battle of skilled warriors. Even better, they use lots of different weapons as well, building up to the final battle with the master spearman.
Still, despite having plenty of fighters and lots of weapons, the action in this DVD is not spectacular. Lots of the punches and kicks are performed slower than you'd expect, making it look like their not really fighting at all. Also, the camera is often way too close to the action for you to really appreciate the skills being displayed.
There are also some other strange elements that make their way into the film including a master teaching how to fight with a bowl and chopsticks. It might sound kind of cool, but it ends up looking foolish on-screen, when the student uses the chopsticks to fight against a swordsman. I'd recommend only to the die hard Shaw Bros fan.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Old "Skool" Kung Fu!! June 19, 2006
The choreography, and cinimatography absolutely awesome!!

There is no question this is another 5 star performace from the vemom crew, however, I give it 4 stars for being too predictable, needless to say simply amazing!! However, like I've expressed in previous venom flicks,,you see one, and you see them all,,the story lines are usually alone the same line,,the bad guys are usually the same, the good guys are usually best friends,,who ends up dying in the end,,,,,,,,,,,kinda like knowing your A B C's,,,,a bit too elementric and mundane,,but entertaining!!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Shaolin Rescuers - Avenging Warriors of Shaolin August 5, 2005
I enjoyed this old school classic. Fighting scenes were good though not the best from the Venoms. They had much more talent than what they displayed in this film. I understand that the movie is quite old - didn't have great technology back then. My version was transferred to DVD horribly. In some scenes you saw the lines on the bottom and top of the tv screen and it faded light to dark in some areas. A horrible transfer does not take away from this picture.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
This film as well as Magnificent Ruffians, aka The Destroyers are the two Venom's films with the most human element to the storyline. Lo meng and Kuo Chui are two laborers who want to have a more meaningful life than just working day and night for just enough to survive. A wounded hero (Pai Piao) enters the town seeking assistance from Chen Shan, a local martial arts school intsructor. Sun Chien is a student being unfairly chastised by a head student here as well as the instructor, Chen Shan. Sun Chien runs into Lo Mang and Kuo Chui trying to help this wounded hero recover. Lu Feng is hunting the hero, Pai Piao, goes to Chen Shan's school seeking assistance, and discovers Sun Chien is purchasing medicine for someone other than himself. This is when the real fighting is about to begin. Lo Meng and Kuo Chui do an excellent job as two friends fed up with their meaningless daily grind. An excellent scene is where Lo Meng (who can't read) asks Kuo Chui to read this parchment found on Pai Piao. Lo all embarrassed with asking Kuo to read to him, but finds Kuo can't read either, this is really good acting. There is a great deal of high quality sparring through the first half of this film, then upon Sun Chien being discovered the real fighting is about to take off. The film could be better, but the intention of the storyline, is very well conveyed. Chen Shan's unawaredness of his student mistreating Sun Chien is a mistake in the storyline and understandably unbelievable, yet this dosen't take up much of the story, and you do feel a bit resentful of the injustice. This film has a very well done english dub translation and the voices fit the faces decently. The sparring between Lo meng, Sun Chien, and Kuo Chui (who does a flip off these chairs piled up to about 15 ft. effortlessy. Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great old school Fun Fu movie
Published 19 days ago by NADINA
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great choice one of the best ever
Published 1 month ago by beyond beauty
5.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed this movie very much
although this picture sometimes fades and blur during the movie, I enjoyed this movie very much. however I realize this is poor production on the movie's studio part and not the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by charlene daniels
1.0 out of 5 stars not the movie on the box
I ordered this movie thinking it was the movie in the cover and it isn't. ordered other shaw brothers movie hoping it is what it shows on the box
Published 6 months ago by mike williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Shaolin Rescuers
I love this movie very much. I love all the Venoms movies. It has a lot of action in it. I love Phillip Kwon aka Kou Chu the best.
Published 14 months ago by gary alan quinn
5.0 out of 5 stars Martial Arts Fan
This was one of the Shaw Bros best films. They d so many, how can you not like the Venom Bros. This is a keeper.
Published 17 months ago by Kindle New Fan
5.0 out of 5 stars EPIC
Shaw Brothers is what to watch when it comes down to Kung Fu movies. I remember this movie when I was a kid and had to get it for myself!
Published 19 months ago by AARON
3.0 out of 5 stars Venoms fan
Not one of the venoms best movies;however, if u r a venom fan then u must add it to ur collection
Published 23 months ago by CT
3.0 out of 5 stars 5 venom classic
another deadly venom classic you can add to your collection if you are ol' skool kung fu critic;i gave it 3 stars to compare to the other venom films
Published on January 16, 2012 by teto
4.0 out of 5 stars Shaolin Rescuers 1979 from the Shaw Brothers studio
Ajin Chen and Yang Dabao are friendly acquaintences in the beginning, and the pair share a dream of becoming martial arts heroes. Read more
Published on January 14, 2012 by Texas Dragon
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