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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: #249,783 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Shaolin Rescuers (Shaw Brothers)" on IMDb

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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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By morgoth
This is your typical Venoms flick starring all of the 5 main players and is by far the most comical of all their movies, but the action is just as good as the rest. It could be considered the best Venoms movie. The fight scenes never stop. There is a lot of joke around type of fights, and they are brilliantly choreographed. Lu Feng makes his usual appearence as the bad guy and does some of the best spearwork ever. Only his performance in 'Magnificent Ruffians' can top this.

The story struggles at times, and the use of the red screen filters in the final fight just don't work this time around for Chang Cheh. There is really no need for it, but it's just kind of thrown in. What works even less is Jason Pai Paio's role. He is supposed to be a teacher figure I have to guess. The story starts out with him on the run from Pai Mei, and his chararacter is by far the weakest in the movie. His wig is also really bad. Luckily, all of the fights are outstanding, and only Sun Chien gets a bit shorted. No surprise there of course.

Be sure to look out for Wang Li's use of the twin swords. Definitely one of the best weapns fights I have ever seen. I think this is his second big role in a Venoms movie , and he proves to be on just as high of a level as the others. You may remember Wang Li from 'Ten Tigers of Kwangtung' in a scene where he looks to be the predecessor to Scorpion of Mortal Kombat. The cast also includes plenty of other Venom regulars. Brasshead, Ping Yu Tai (guy with slingshot in 'Cripped Avengers'), and the kicker who plays Fong Sai Yuk in '2 Champions of Shaolin', and all 3 play Lu Feng's henchmen. The leg specialist also has a great fight with Lo Meng in 'Crippled Avengers', and his kicks are on full display in this Venoms classic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Venoms Film August 17, 2008
After having seen ALL of the Venoms' body of work, this is my absolute favorite. The Five Venoms might be the most famous, but it doesn't have much fighting, and what little there is is sub-par. Crippled Avengers has unusually involving characters with great fighting and lots of it, so it is pretty much their best film.

Avenging Warriors of Shaolin (aka Shaolin Rescuers) gives a lot a screen time to Chang Cheh's second and third string stables of martial arts actors and is memorable for fleshing out their characters more than in most of the rest of the Venoms oeuvre. It also contains the most amusing display of comraderie in the entire Venoms canon: that between Kuo Chui and Lo Meng as tofu restaurant waiters. The only thing that comes close is the interplay between Fu Sheng and Sun Chien in The Chinatown Kid. A lot of people find the repartee between Kuo Chui in this film to be cloying to the point of nausea, but once you get really used to the Venoms and love them, this film scores on so very many levels.

I understand how some may not like this film, and I do not recommend it to anyone to anyone who's seen less than at least three or four other Venoms films, but for the true fan, this is one that demands being played over and over again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great old school Fun Fu movie
Published 1 month ago by NADINA
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great choice one of the best ever
Published 2 months 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 3 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 7 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 15 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 18 months ago by Kindle 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 21 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 on October 7, 2012 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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try Shaolin Prince (1982) (Shaw Brothers).
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