‘Shaolin’ Trailer: Betrayal, Redemption, & Butt-Kickin’ Shaolin Monks

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Jackie Chan will be back on the big screen and playing a deadly Shaolin monk in this year’s foreign-language martial arts epic, Shaolin. Well, sort of.

Although Chan makes a prominent appearance in the Shaolin trailer, the real star of the film is Andy Lau (Infernal Affairs) as the Chinese warlord General Hou. All the same, it’s another good move on Chan’s part after his appearance in last year’s Karate Kid remake and his upcoming role in the historical drama 1911 (we’ll pretend The Spy Next Door never happened).

Shaolin (a.k.a. The New Shaolin Temple) is actually an “updated” version (remake?) of Jet Li’s 1982 film debut, The Shaolin Temple. Benny Chan (New Police Story, Robin-B-Hood) served as director on Shaolin, which takes place during the Warlord Era (1916-1928) of early Republican China.

Here is the official synopsis for Shaolin:

As feuding warlords fight to expand their power, the noble monks of the Shaolin Temple clean up the mess left behind, tending to the injured while trying their best to protect the poor and weak. General Hou (Lau) has caused much of this mess with his violent and ruthless tactics that rarely discriminate between soldiers and civilians. When Hao is betrayed by fellow general Cao Man (Nicholas Tse), he is forced into hiding, and takes refuge with the monks (including Jackie Chan) at their hidden mountain temple. As the days pass, he finds himself more and more at ease as he learns the ways of peace, and begins to release his hatred through Martial Zen. But Cao is not far behind, and war soon reaches the temple, where the monks are ready to fight back- with their unstoppable Shaolin Kung Fu.

Chan’s remake opened overseas in several Asian countries, including China, earlier this year, and became a major box office success in Thailand, Singapore, and Malaysia. It will reach U.S. shores this September.

Check out the trailer for Shaolin (via iTunes Movie Trailers) below:

By and large, Shaolin looks like a conventional martial arts redemption tale that sees Hou lose everything, seek penance for his destructive ways, and re-dedicate himself to a far more noble goal: stopping his onetime partner-in-crime, the power-hungry Cao Man. Standard, but still engaging when done well.

As is the case with just about every historical martial arts flick that comes out of China, it’s the action and fight sequences that will attract most U.S. moviegoers to Shaolin. Chan appears to have gone with a more grounded aesthetic than recent imports, like the slew of Zhang Yimou-directed, hyper-stylized martial arts dramas (see: Hero, House of Flying Daggers, Curse of the Golden Flower). The showdown between Man’s forces, Hou, and the Shaolin monks at their remote temple looks to be the climactic set piece of the film – and a pretty grand one at that. Whether it’ll hold a candle to the final battle in Takashi Miike’s recent Samurai tale, 13 Assassins, remains to be seen.

Be sure to also check out the Shaolin poster (via Coming Soon) below:

shaolin movie poster 570x844 Shaolin Trailer: Betrayal, Redemption, & Butt Kickin Shaolin Monks

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Shaolin will arrive in U.S. theaters on September 9th, 2011.

Source: iTunes Movie Trailers

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  1. Jackie Chan … I am there.

  2. This film has been available on Blu-ray wi Eng subs over at Yesasia.com for several months now

    Benny Chan also directed the very excellent Invisible Target

    I generally see everything Andy Lau is in but I passed on this based on reviews at Lovehkfilm

    If you want to see a truly excellent Andy Lau film get your hands on Detective Dee which just came out as well as Three Kingdoms which has been out for a couple of years now (and I preferred to Red Cliff) and A Battle of Wits which came out in 05 I believe

    • Thanks Lord, I’ll check those out!

    • Sad thing is that there are no region 1 DVD’s for sale. They have a “All Region” DVD available, but you need to know if your player is NTSC or PAL formatted.

      • blu-ray is all region and all these are availble on Blu including Shaolin.
        Many of these films have been released by dragon dynasty and are available at your local store

  3. all three should be on Netflix

  4. Battle of wits is called Battle of Warriors on Netflix
    Invisible Target is available
    Three Kingdoms is available streaming as well
    Detective Dee is available on Blu-ray but not yet at Netflix

    • Just added them all to my Que. Detective Dee is in “save” mode for now. Hopefully it is added soon.

      • Detective Dee is off the chain brother

        You will like them all

        • :)

  5. i cannot wait to see that one. looks good!

  6. After these I have more HK film recommendations

    The only thing that sucks about netflix is many of the versions they have are edited or have Mandrin only lang tracks. Manderin sounds like screaching cats. HK films should be listened too with Cantonese language tracks

  7. Actually looks pretty good. Can’t imagine how dour the Jet Li original must have been.

  8. Awesome trailer.

    With Jackie Chan in it, this might be a great movie.

  9. …..the whatnow? “Chop-suey-Louie”??? Can we please remove this racist moron’s post??

  10. sorry but ninjas kick those monks asses

    • Not in daylight. Ninjas are stealth and in daylight the monks would hand it to them.

  11. Good grief man, I hate political correctness but this is just overtly offensive.

  12. Ninja’s kick no true Shaoiln Monks asses

    The art of Ninja originated in China BTW not Japan

  13. You all saden and infuriate me. Jackie Chan not only sucks as an actor but at fighting too. He’s nothing but a fake go watch his life story documentary, he admits that he doesn’t even know that pathetic excuse for fighting that is karate. I mean, the guy started out in porn for crying out loud! If you all truly think he is great then I lose faith in humanity. This movie looks like every other asian film that was ever put out, they are all redundant because all they want to do is cheezy martial arts films which don’t even feature real martial arts.

  14. We just recently brought this at a Kiosk at the mall. It is a very deep and entertaining movie.

    However if you are thinking it ‘stars’ Chan and are getting it for him you will be disappointed. The line of “Jackie Chan will be back on the big screen and playing a deadly Shaolin monk” and the follow up “sort of” is misleading at best.

    My family enjoys JC movies and quite honestly got this because of him. However if he has 10 mins of screen time I would be very surprised. Do not misunderstand me it is still a (IMO) very good movie.