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Shaolin Ulysses: Kungfu Monks in America
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- 40 minutes of bonus kung fu footage
- Animated short on the Shaolin temple
- Filmmakers biographies
- Filmmakers statement
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The Shaolin movements are very evasive, attacking from various angles and retreating backwards. The Shaolin movements including jumping kicks, split kicks (round and reversed), high crescent kicks landing and the ability to sideways on the ground, low horse stances, large and small circular closed fist and open hand strikes, movements left and right, and low twisting stances into punches advancing forward and backward. The movements are complex and often predict which way they will move. To one fight a Shaolin he will seem to be moving one ways then suddenly change and move another way, a strike and move pattern. By adding weapons to the techniques the Shaolin seems to fly around the floor with amazing acrobatic flips, spins, and twists.
Included in the film is a Tai Chi sword demonstration. This was wonder to see. I like the iron shirt demonstration which made the master seemingly imprevious to an hard strikes from a large wood oar and a crushing blow as four men used a railroad tie to ram into the body of the master. The two man tiger forms demonstrated Chinese chess piece training. Who could believe the impossible feat of break a steel bar over a masters head. The monkey form demonstration very interesting consider this form is rarely made public. The amazon leopard form allowed the artist too move smoothly from leaps into hand techniques and stances. One of the more agile forms.Read more ›
As the documentary traces the source of the teachings of Shaolin to Bodhidharma, the great Buddhist Indian sage from the 5th century AD, it is only natural that the foundations of Kung Fu, Qi Gong, Tai Chi etc are common to the practice of yoga. If one practices any of these arts with devotion for several hours a day, the energy that builds up in the body is beyond description! One has to develop it in order to realize what is possible.
As one of the monks in the DVD stated that at Shaolin they would practice for 8 hours a day, which reveals their dedication. It is no wonder the Shaolin monks are famous around the world! If one practices with such dedication one will always have a strong body and a peaceful mind. The kind of super human feats they perform on the DVD are only possible with a dedicated practice and mastery of the breath.
If one truly wants peace, happiness and health, the way to these is in these Eastern practices! I have followed the Western way for 50 years of my life, only to have found health, peace and happiness after taking up yoga! These practices have a powerful effect on ALL the facets of the pratitioner's life! One has to earnestly practice these arts and experience the benefits to realize the truth of my claim.Read more ›
At times I became frustrated with camera closeups. The viewer cannot see some of the footwork in the difficult forms. Other times, the film speed was not fast enough to capture their quick movements (a typical problem with filming martial artists). Some of the best martial arts moments were the Leopard Fist style and sword work sequences.
What is amazing to me are the 40 minutes of bonus kung fu footage. I purchased this DVD for the extras, especially two minutes of "Little Luo Han Fist" performed by the children on the grounds of Shaolin Temple:
Little Luo Han Fist (2:00)
Youth Kungfu (7:02)
Iron Shirt, Golden Bell
Luo Han Fist
Monk Xing Hao (1:48) (sword demonstration)
Monkey and Tiger
The film includes an interactive menu and a brief history of the Shaolin Temple.
Many scenes have spoken Chinese with English subtitles. No other language options are available.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Although quite dated (1993) it was very fascinating And entertaining. I have just begun my kung fu studies and my teacher is a disciple of the monk from Houston,? Read morePublished 12 months ago by Black Belt Granny
The american doctor is a moron. Once he started speaking it ruined the documentary. It makes it seem like the practice of Kungfu in the U.S. is about money and showing off. Read morePublished on February 19, 2012 by Grrrrrrrrrrr
This film provides a interesting peek into the lives of 5 modern-day shaolin monks. The musical score by John Zorn is amazing.Published on March 21, 2011 by Andrew Warf
some weird scenes. don't know how to rate this film. it's a well made docu but seems to be chinese pr.Published on November 18, 2008 by K. Mantzos