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Shaolin Rescuers (Shaw Brothers)

4.2 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews

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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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Product Details

  • 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
  • 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: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0034KYF7C
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #178,249 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Shaolin Rescuers (Shaw Brothers)" on IMDb

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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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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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Ajin Chen and Yang Dabao are friendly acquaintences in the beginning, and the pair share a dream of becoming martial arts heroes. Occasionally sparring each other, they share their own personal experiences that had led them to practice kung fu. Their paths cross with Ming patriot Hung Xiguan from the Shaolin temple, who was spurned by the Lama clan after asking for their help, and they hide him from officials and nurse Hung's internal injuries sustained in a major confrontation with the WuTang clan. Chen and Dabao befriend a member of the Lama clan also, and together, these 3 guys fight alongside Hung Xiguan and Han Qi against WuTang members, then help Hung Xiguan & Han Qi escape again from the Qing officials.

Another film directed by Chang Cheh has a signature feature during fight scenes, a red screen, when someone is about to lose their battle, usually that is very violent and bloody. The cast has been in numerous films together and their fight sequences are breathtaking at times. The final encounter at the dye mill is astonishing as Lu Feng as Gao Jinzhong and Chiang Sheng as Han Qi always take it up a notch during the final battle. Kuo Chu showcases his acrobatic skills, Sun Chien and Lo Meng round out the cast.

Dvd is distributed by Funimation. Very simple menu to watch in Mandarin with English subtitles or dubbed into English. And if you like the mono sound over the surround sound, that is also available.

I rated this movie 4 stars. Some of the silliness between Lo Meng and Kuo Chu was just filler and could have been left on the cutting room floor in my opinion. It got a little tedious. But all in all, I would recommend it.
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This is another in a long line of collaborations between the venoms and Chang Cheh. It is not there best (I think that would be Crippled Avengers), but it is highly entertaining. It has a storyline that has been used countless times in Shaw Brothers movies :the destruction of Shaolin Temple by the Ching and Wutang and the escape of Hung Si Quan.( I apologize for the incorrect spelling.) Even the actors give performances that they have used before in other films. So everything in it is familiar but it is not stale. The fight scenes are frequent and captivating. A film that should be in any kung fu film fan's library.
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