Shaolin

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Shaolin

The movie was set in era 1920 in China. “Shaolin” is a movie about warlod named Hou Jie which is roled by Andy Lau. The warlord Hou Jie lived in Shaolin temple and gain a new understanding of life. This movie is an updated version from Jet Li‘s film debut, “The Shaolin Temple“

Dengfeng, Henan, during the warlord era of early Republican China. The warlord Hou Jie defeats a rival named Huo Long (Chen Zhihui) in the start movie and seizes control of Dengfeng. Huo Long flees to Shaolin Temple to hide but Hou Jie appears and shoots him.

Feeling disadvantageous with his sworn brother, Song Hu (Shi Xiaohong), Hou Jie sets a trap for Song in a restaurant, under the guise of agreeing to his daughter’s engagement to Song‘s son. Meanwhile, Hou Jie‘s deputy, Cao Man (Nicholas Tse), feels that he was being used by Hou Jie, and decides to betray Hou Jie. Cao Man then sends assassins to murder Hou Jie and his family. But the mission failed, when Hou Jie manages to kill Song with his handgun, the assassin coming. Song saves Hou Jie to allow him to escape from the assassin’s ambush while sacrificing himself.

Hou Jie manages to escape together with his daughter, but his daughter is severely injured when they fall off a cliff. Hou Jie‘s wife is rescued by some passing-by Shaolin monks, who were stealing rice from the military granary to help refugees living near the temple. In desperation, Hou Jie then brings his daughter to Shaolin, begging the monks to save her life, but it is too late and she dies. Hou Jie‘s wife blames him for the death of their daughter and leaves him. Hou Jie attacks the monks in anger but is quickly subdued.

Hou Jie becomes disillusioned and wanders near Shaolin, until he meets the cook monk named Wudao (Jackie Chan) who is have a kind heart. Wudao provides him with food and shelter. Hou Jie feels guilty for his past misdeeds and decides to become a monk and atone for his sins. During his stay in Shaolin, Hou Jie gradually understands Shaolin’s principles through study and practising martial arts, mends his ways and finds peace and enlightenment from his heart.

One day, Hou Jie overhears that Cao Man, who has taken control over his army, is oppressing the people by forcing them to unearth Chinese relics. Cao sells the relics to foreigners in exchange for advanced weaponry, after which he will have the labourers massacred to silence them. Hou Jie shows up to save some labourers and exposes himself in the process.

When Cao hears that Hou Jie is still alive, he leads his soldiers to Shaolin to capture him. Hou Jie volunteers to distract Cao while the monks secretly break into Cao’s house to save the imprisoned labourers. The plan succeeds but Hou Jie‘s senior, named Jingneng (Wu Jing), is brutally killed by Cao while buying time for his juniors to escape. Upon returning to Shaolin, the monks decide that they need to evacuate the temple to avoid trouble. Wudao leads the refugees away while Hou Jie and the other monks remain behind to defend Shaolin. By then, Cao arrives with his troops and orders an attack on Shaolin. At the same time, the foreigners feel that they have been cheated and they bombard Shaolin with cannon fire, resulting in heavy casualties for both Shaolin and Cao’s forces. Hou Jie defeats Cao in a fight and eventually sacrifices himself to save Cao from being crushed by a falling pillar (returning the karma of Song’s sacrifice to save Hou Jie during Song’s assassination) and falls into the Buddha statue’s palm and dies peacefully, leaving Cao feeling guilty. On the other hand, the surviving monks succeed in overcoming the enemy and stopping the cannon fire. Meanwhile, the retreating refugees turn back and start crying when they see Shaolin Temple in ruins. Wudao tells them that the Shaolin spirit will continue to live in them even though the temple has been destroyed.

Afterwards, the scene cuts to an earlier period, before the monks evacuate the refugees, with Hou Jie meeting with his wife in the temple for the last time. Hou Jie passes his daughter’s cremated ashes to his wife, and she forgives Hou Jie for his past, and accepts the fact that she can no longer be with him. Hou Jie admits that Cao‘s present evilness is due to his own doings, thus he is the only one who can help Cao. The scene ends with the monks practicing martial arts under snowfall, hinting that the monks and refugees have found enlightenment and settled down once again.

Producer: Benny Chan
Director: Benny Chan
Writer(s): Not Available
Cast: Andy Lau, Nicholas Tse, Jackie Chan, Fan Bingbing, Wu Jing

Release Date: January 27, 2011
Country: Chinese
Distributor: Emperor Motion Pictures, China Film Group Corporation, Huayi Brothers Media Corporation, Beijing Silver Moon Productions Ltd., China Songshan Shaolin Temple Culture Communication Center, Emperor Motion Pictures
Official Site: Not Available
Genre: Action, Martial-Arts, Wushu
Rating: Not Available
Length: Not Available

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