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Product Details

  • Actors: Trent Bushey, Kim Chan, Reese Madigan, Daniel Dae Kim, Billy Chang
  • Directors: Lucas Lowe
  • Writers: Keith W. Strandberg
  • Producers: Keith W. Strandberg
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Rated:
    PG-13
    Parents Strongly Cautioned
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Academy Home
  • VHS Release Date: February 10, 1993
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 630264660X
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #377,661 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Format: DVD
This film is pretty average. However, I am a fan of Ng See Yuen and Corey Yuen's fight chereography action films which is why I have rated this DVD number 4. Anyway, this film is about Drew Carson a normal teenager who is a martial arts competitor but is humiliated in front of a National Audience by his opponent. After losing miserably to his rival, Trevor in that particular martial arts tournament he decides to carry on his sensei's dream to become a Shaolin Monk and to seek further assistance from the monestary. When Drew arrived to the temple he was refused entry and thrown of the premises but refused to leave. Eventually, the monks agreed to take him on and Drew has become the first American Shaolin.
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The sequal to "King of The Kickboxers" goes in a completely different direction, and could easily just have been called "American Shaolin" and left at that. The same production company is involved, thus creating another cheesy movie, but with above average fighting compared to the typical American-made martial arts film. Although the whole idea of an American (Drew Carson played by Reese Madigan) coming to study at the Shaolin Temple is a bit unbelievable, it ends up being a fun and unique story that seemed to grab my attention eventually.

The beginning is a little slow, acting is poor, and everything is just downright cheesy. Drew is humilated at a local tournament, by a guy who fights dirty - including pulling down the pants of his opponent (don't worry, its not perverted or anything). Drew feels the only to way to become good enough is to train with the best, and travels to China hoping to become a Shaolin Monk. After painstankingly waiting for days, he is accepted. While in the Temple, Drew constantly causes trouble, which leads others to do the same. It actually becomes interesting to see if he can actually make it as a Monk. There are still plenty of cheesy scenes, but alot of it becomes fun, and you gotta love the soundtrack, which is a slightly different version of "Summertime Blues".

The action is sparse in the first half of the film, but began to pick up more and more. The real treat is the finale of the film. Drew once again faces off in the ring against his former opponent. There is a pretty good fight between the Daniel Dae Kim character and this guy, who eventually tosses Kim out of the ring. Drew has no choice but to fight, and does so in a well choreogprahed fight which lasts at least 5 minutes.
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This is sort of karate kid meets shaolin temple. Good fight scenes great humor & a good story. Comedy is mostly about east meets west cultures clashing. Theres a tiny bit of language But it teaches great lessons in humility, descipline, forgiveness & acceptance. Greatest line is when the instructor stops the other students picking on the main character for being different, it goes something like: "all of you are no longer white, chinese or mongal - you all are now shaolin!". Many lessons learned
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"American Shaolin" is the fifth of seven martial arts movies created by the Season Film Corporation that combine Hong Kong action and production values with American performers. It's easily the most ambitious of the series but also arguably the least satisfying when viewed purely as a karate movie. The increased emphasis on plot and character development may be enough for others to rate it more generously, but I can't see fit to rate it any higher than three stars.

The story: martial artist Drew Carson (Reese Madigan) is defeated and humiliated in a tournament match by a dirty fighter (Trent Bushey, "All My Children"). Vowing to never let this happen again, he travels to the Shaolin Temple in China to train with the legendary fighting monks...

I have to praise the film's aesthetic accomplishments. This is clearly a relatively low budget movie, but many of the scenes set in the temple highlight the lavish locations and a lot of the ceremonial costumes are eye-catching. The cinematography isn't without merit: scenes wherein dozens of monks strike forms in a courtyard would have fit perfectly into an older wuxia film. The dramatic content sets a high for the series, though I have to remind you that the acting in previous entries like No Retreat, No Surrender was pretty darn bad and not too difficult to build on. Reese Madigan is probably the soundest leading man the series ever had, and a young Daniel Dae Kim (Lost) as a supporting disciple shows some of the talent he'd subsequently find acclaim for.
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I have watched this movie at least 20 times. It is well written, has fantastic fight scenes, and the Shaolin Temple training previewed is OutStanding! This is a much watch. I keep looking for this on DVD.
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